Summer is here. With summer can come a string of wedding invites. There is something pretty special about two lives coming together to become one.
I love celebrating weddings. I went to one a few weeks ago that my husband officiated, and I was sitting there one proud wife. Weddings are special….and the new life of a couple starting a new season of together is pretty incredible. They should be celebrated. (please note: you can click any image for more details about that item)
When it comes to gift giving, I love to give handmade gifts. I love the time the gift shows with having either made it myself, or the thoughtfulness of finding it from another small crafter that screamed “them” to me. If you really think of the couple’s taste/style and nail it, these gifts often go the distance with the couple rather than something that breaks down or loses value as style changes. These gifts show thought.
A few questions to ask yourself when considering buying a handmade item or making one as part of a wedding gift:
- What is their style? Funky, vintagy, simple, colorful, etc.
- What do they like to do? Hike, travel, camp, host parties, etc.
- What are they about? People, serving, traveling, landscaping, etc.
If you look at the couples gift registry, you can also get ideas for what they like. Speaking of registries, those are important too because obviously it gives you an idea of what the couple needs. That’s why I love to pair either an item from their registry with a handmade gift or a gift card to a place they registered. In this simple way, you are getting them something they need/want, yet something fun that reminds you of them. It’s like a paycheck with a bonus.
For me, signs and embroidery hoops are a few crafts that I love to use as part of my gift.
If you sew, it could be a quilt. When Matt and I got married we were given pillow cases embroidered with our initials. It was pretty special.
We had friends that were real trendy and loved to cook, so I made a memo board out of an old frame and chicken wire for their kitchen. They were able to clip recipes, shopping lists, and anything else to it.
You could paint a flower pot for their new home with the house number on it.
You could get a mug made with one of their first pictures on it and pair it with coffee items on the registry.
There are so many possibilities! Use your imagination and think of the couple. Summer nights are a great time to create a gift. But let’s be honest, sometimes you love the couple, have great intentions to be crafty, but things get busy and life happens. If you need a few quick ideas for a gift, there may just be a few in my shop. Click any image to be directed to more details about that item.
Happy wedding season! Marriage can be hard. Celebrating the wedding day is amazing…but continuing to celebrate and nourish their love way past the wedding day is way more important than one day in the scheme of a lifetime. May we all have eyes to encourage those young and old marriages around us. Marriage is a gift!
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