can take more than a year to plan and can cost more than
many people spend on a car. When it comes to spending a
lot on a wedding, it’s not just the bride, groom and
their families who have to pony up — guests often
spend a lot on weddings as well, especially if they have
to fly in from out of town and pay for lodging. While
some couples request expensive gifts on their registry,
there are plenty of ways to get creative and give the
happy couple a thoughtful gift they’ll love —
without breaking your bank.
June, September and October taking the cake as the most
popular wedding months, chances are you might have a
wedding coming up sometime soon. Plan ahead with these
unique and affordable wedding gift ideas.
THEM TO A WINERY
the stress typically associated with planning a wedding,
gifting the couple a trip to a winery will give them a
chance to relax and have some fun. If you live nearby,
you could even take them yourself and bring along some
snacks or picnic to celebrate the couple pre-wedding.
Check out local deal sites for discounted winery
packages. There are many deals on Groupon that offer
wine tasting packages that include souvenirs at a cost
of just $25 for two people or under $50 for four people.
A PHOTO SCRAPBOOK
a photo scrapbook chronicling the happy couple’s life
together before the wedding day. With many people
sharing photos on Facebook, Instagram and other social
media, it shouldn’t be hard to find photos without
asking them and ruining the surprise. Make the photo
scrapbook by hand with an elegant book from Target or
craft store for under $20, or order a digital one
online. Shutterfly, for instance, has a variety of
wedding photo book options starting at $15.99 and up.
SOME WINE OR BEER GIFTS
the couple who loves to drink beer and wine, give them
something fun to drink it out of with some Mr. and Mrs.
beer or wine glasses. Most sets are under $25. You could
also add a personalized wine stopper for under $15 to
complete the themed gift.
WITH A WEDDING-RELATED TASK
successful wedding requires a lot of work from a lot of
people. Think about what you’re good at and offer to
help instead of getting a traditional gift. The bride
and groom will likely love the chance to get rid of one
of the many duties on the wedding checklist. Offering
your help with wedding set up at the venue the day of or
with the clean up afterwards won’t cost you anything
— just your time. Your friends are much more likely to
remember you for cleaning up everything for them at the
end of the night instead of some plates you got them
that got buried with all of their other gifts.
OUT THEIR LOVE
a personal gift that won’t cost you much, grab a cute
picture frame or a shadow box. Find maps — either old
atlases or even printed Google maps — for locations
that are special to the couple. For example: where they
met, where they got engaged and the location of their
wedding. Cut out that part of the map in a heart shape,
and glue the hearts to cardboard or thick paper. Then
simply add those to a frame or shadow box. You can make
this for under $20 if you print out the maps yourself
and find an inexpensive frame or shadow box at your
local craft store.
THEIR WEDDING INVITATION INTO A GIFT
the previous idea sounds like too much work, here’s
another unique and thoughtful gift that’s practically
hassle free. Save the couple’s wedding invitation when
you get it in the mail and frame it as a memento for
them to keep in their home. To make it extra nice, add
matting to match the invite or find a frame that matches
the style of their wedding. If it’s a vintage theme,
go with a vintage frame; if the wedding was super
modern, use a slick black and white modern frame and
matting. You can get a nice frame and matting for under
$30, so this gift will hardly cost you anything.
YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE
the couple who loves to cook and try new recipes, put
together a food basket with one of your favorite recipes
and all the necessary ingredients. If it’s pulled
chicken barbecue sliders, grab the chicken, your
favorite BBQ sauce, buns, cheese and green onions. Add
some beer or dessert, along with cute napkins, and this
won’t cost you any more than $40. You could even offer
to cook the meal for them then get out of their hair so
that they can enjoy a romantic dinner alone.