‘When attending a wedding make sure to bring a gift for the bride and groom!’
Traditionally newly weds would often be moving into a house together for the first time, as such traditional gifts would often be gifts that would be used in the new house such as;
- Tableware- such as cutlery, plates and bowls to help them set the table
- Interior nice touches– such as art pieces or cushions, to help make a house a home
- Vases- for the flowers (he gets her)
- Photo frames– to capture special moments
- Glasses- to have a glass of wine together or with friends
- Chopping boards and Cheese boards– for their first dinner party
- Personalized gifts- Make it extra special with a personalized gift just for them!
Most couples now have an online wish list (registry) of gifts they would like. If you stick to the list then you can’t possibly buy a gift the couple won’t like. However it’s fine to veer away from the wish list should you choose, these items are merely suggestions not obligations.
Consider having your gift delivered straight to the bride and grooms house rather than bringing the gift to the wedding, as it could get damaged and most couples don’t want to be transporting lots of gifts on their wedding night.
Ideally gifts will be delivered to the couples home two weeks before the wedding. Tradition states no later than a year, but really is best to give your gift no later than two months after the Wedding.
Avoid giving cash unless specially asked for as can be tricky to know how much to give, and giving a gift is much more personal.
- History of Wedding Gifts
- Wedding gifts originated from the notion of a bride dowry, usually in the form of land, animals and money.
- First recorded dowry was exchanged in 3,000 B.C.
- During the Renaissance time ornate marriage chests were given, to hold the brides goods, which she would take to the grooms house.
- 400 years later in South America it was common for brides to be gifted a leather key basket that represented her new role as mistress of the house. It would be filled with keys to unlock doors, chests and cupboards in her new home, symbolizing her new status.
- As the idea of marriage has slowly unwound itself from status and ritual so have wedding gifts. In 1924 Marshall Field’s, a Chicago-based department store unveiled the first wedding gift registry.
- In the early days of gift registries crystal, silver and china were very common things to gift the bride.
- In our current era of gift giving, people often choose to get something personal, give to a specific charity or give something traditional e.g. kitchen appliances, lines and flat wear.
- Fun Wedding facts
- The word wedding comes from the Anglo-Saxon wedd, meaning a pledge.
- Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
- Queen Victoria is credited with starting the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
- The tradition of a bride wearing “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” comes from an old rhyme.
- Something old represents continuity
- Something new offers optimism for the future
- Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness
- Something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity
- In England the rhyme has one more line: ‘and a sixpence in your shoe.” A sixpence is sign of good fortune.
- The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where guests broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head for fertility’s sake.
- Honeymoons weren’t always so luxurious. Ancient Norse bridal couples went into hiding after the wedding, and a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine for 30 days — or one moon — which is how the term “honeymoon” originated.