I am going to tell y’all something that I really really hate. I have been railing against this for years, actually. Are you ready? Here goes:
I. Hate. Wedding registries.
Seriously. They are the bain of my wedding-attending season.
I suppose I understand the need for a registry if you have people coming to your wedding that you don’t know well, or if you have a lot of extended family attending. But other than that? No.
Alright, end rant. Thanks for indulging me a moment there.
Because I am so anti-registry, I spend a lot of time personally picking out wedding gifts for my friends. It’s important to me to find something I know my friends will love that doesn’t come off the dreaded registry of doom.
So today’s version of wedding-related shopping is going to be geared toward unique gifts for the bride and groom. I found this great website, Personal Creations, which has quite a few different wedding gifts, many of which can be personalized. (Imagine that!)
Here’s one of my top favorites, the Woven Basket with Liner ($9.95):
It may seem a little strange that my top gift choice is a basket and personalized liner, but let me explain. One of the things I love doing for weddings is putting together a gift basket of items that I have hand-chosen for the bride and groom. Normally I will make sure said basket is delivered before the wedding and it will often contain some gourmet food items (a main meal and a dessert!). My thinking is that on one of those stressful nights leading up to the wedding they will have an easy and delicious meal that won’t take too long to throw together. I’ll often throw a bottle of wine in, as well as a few accoutrements, such as a nice pasta strainer if the meal is Italian, or even a nice bottle opener.
Or I’ve been known to throw in a monogrammed wine stopper, such as this one, which sells for $14.95:
Another item I think is adorable is this Vintage Wooden Pepper Mill, which retails for $24.95:
Whatever you do for your friends and family this wedding season, please promise me you’ll at least consider thinking outside the walls of the confining registry box, ok?