When it comes to getting wedding gifts that will suit both the bride and groom, you might be wracking your brains to come up with something they’ll both enjoy. Although most couples have a registry, you might be looking for something a little more romantic than napkin rings, a crockpot, or an end table. And items like monogrammed towels and sheets have been done before. So if you’re seeking a romantic gift that will tell the happy couple just how much you love them both, here are a few ideas you may not have stumbled upon.
1. Hotel decorations. The bride and groom will likely spend their first night of wedded bliss holed up in a hotel room. So talk to the manager about decorating the room a bit before they arrive. This could be as simple as sending up a bottle of bubbly or it could have more complexity, with a hot bath drawn and a bed covered in rose petals when they arrive. You can easily help to make their first night as man and wife even more memorable with just a little forethought.
2. His/hers robes. This might sound like a rather expensive gift, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to give them a truly decadent set of robes. Start by visiting a department store or discount superstore to find some luxurious terry-cloth robes. If you have plenty of time, wait for sales and use coupons to compound your savings. Then take your items to a seamstress, an alterations shop, or even your dry cleaner to see if you can get the robes monogrammed. If you have a spiffy sewing machine at home, you can even do this on your own for free. And if you really want to be on the ball, use their wedding colors for the monogram. They’re guaranteed to get good use out of this romantic gift on the honeymoon and in the days, months, and years that follow.
3. Photos. If you have a sweet photo of the couple, print out a larger version (8×10, for example) and put it in a nice frame. This is an especially good gift if they don’t have a copy of the photo already. And you don’t have to spend crazy money on professional framing; simply go to your local craft store (like Michael’s) or even discount stores (like Target) to find a large selection of standard sizes, sometimes with mats included. You might even find wedding-themed frames mixed in.
4. Personalized games. You might be surprised to learn that you can personalize a Monopoly board for your friends, but Lovopoly does just that. All you have to do is send in photos and memories that the company can fill in on the game board (and pieces) to make a truly unique gift that keeps on giving.
5. Couples counseling. There’s no denying that the days leading up to the wedding can be hectic and stressful for everyone involved, but especially for the “happy” couple. You can help them to work through some of the pressures of the event by sitting down to talk to a therapist about the stresses involved, the lack of communication, and the problems inherent in bringing two families together. This may not sound like the most romantic gift, but counseling will not only help them learn how to cope and communicate more effectively; it will also remind them why they’re bothering to get married in the first place.