5 Unique Wedding Gifts

 

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Personalized cake topper from Etsy

Most couples have a registry where they have listed items they would like for their new home/life together. However, why not get them one thing they requested and then another special present that will be unique to just the two of them?

Below are a few gift ideas that could be perfect for the different types of Mr. & Mrs.

1. For the Romantics. Personalized tree swing from Red Envelope. In future years, the couple may swing their children on it.  Obviously, it would only work if you have 1) a tree and 2) a house.

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2. For The Cooks : When your going to a potluck or party, its hard to locate your pan afterwards…unless its been personalized  🙂 It can be purchased at this fun site.

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3. For The Wine Lovers: Most people like wine… So this find was extra special. The buyer gets to choose the box, wine, the message on the box, as well as a note on the inside of the lid.  Each step is personalized for the couple. You could even put: 1 year Anniversary, 1st House, and 1st child.

classic-trio4. For The Happy Couple: Personalized art with names, and city skyline (of choice) where the couple reside. Found this on Etsy!

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5. For The Coffee Lovers: Last find: A monthly coffee subscription! There are monthly wine, as well as spice and beauty subscriptions….Why not coffee? This would be fun for the couple, in the early morning hours before heading off to work.

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Source:  Mrs. & The Misc.

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7 Wedding Registry Tips Every Couple Should Know

If you’re planning your wedding, have you thought about your gift registry yet? Registering for gifts is one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding, even if you have no idea where to begin. Today I’m sharing seven wedding registry tips every couple should know to fire up that scanner gun and go to town. It’s easier than you think… and more fun, too!

1. DON’T register on an empty stomach.

Grab a bite to eat before you register. Also, don’t go at a busy time of day (like the middle of a Saturday afternoon). These things will make your registry experience stressful which takes the fun right out of it. Or, do it online in your pajamas!

2. give yourself plenty of time to look around.

Don’t start registering right before a store will close… and don’t save the wedding registry until the last minute. You may want to check out a few different stores, so don’t rush yourself. Span registering over a few days if you’d like to give yourself a fresh set of eyes, or you’ll start scanning everything in sight at the last minute.

3.  Register together as a couple.

The wedding registry should definitely be a wedding to-do that is tackled together whether in-store or online. You may not share the same taste in everything, but now’s the time to start meshing together your styles. Also, be open-minded: it goes a long way.

4. Register at your favorite stores… even HANDMADE!

Many stores now have registries – even online-only stores (like Amazon.com). If you want to register for handmade items (like in The Marketplace), we recommend using Amazon’s Wish List, which enables you to add ANY item you see to a wish list guests can download. It links up to your toolbar and you can add an item from ANY site. It’s truly amazing. And FREE!

5. DON’T register for something unless you’re going to keep it.

Guests want to give a gift you’ll keep (and enjoy). Don’t register for a gift you don’t like only to return it later. And, most importantly, have fun picking out items (and opt for a few fun items you wouldn’t normally buy yourself). Don’t register for items you feel necessary because it’s your wedding, if you already know you’ll probably never use it (like fine china – unless you really, really want it).

6. DON’T check the registry list before the shower…

… unless you a) don’t mind ruining the surprise, or b) simply can’t wait. It’s more fun to open gifts without knowing what’s inside, so if you can save the excitement for the shower. Plus, many people buy gifts at the last minute… so you won’t have an accurate list anyway. 😉

7.  Show your appreciation for shipped items at your shower.

Last but not least… many gifts will be shipped from the registry store straight to your home. If you’re planning to bring the gift to the shower – great! If not, be sure to spend a few minutes mentioning any gifts received to your home and thanking guests publicly. Also, if you want to REALLY show your appreciation, snap a photo of you opening the gift at home and print + mail to the gift giver (or send a digital photo via email) with a thank you. It’ll mean a lot to them knowing you liked the gift and they’ll also rest assured knowing the gift arrived in time (and in one piece).

Wedding Republic

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Over the last month Wedding Republic has been hard at work updating the look and feel of their online cash registry .

Just recently, they released a new design and east-to-navigate site!

Wedding Republic is an online registry that allows you to quickly set up a personalized wedding registry full of gifts that you really want and share it with your wedding guests. Whether you’re asking for a down payment for a house, an activity for the honeymoon, a donation to your favorite charity, a great bottle of wine, plans for date night or just cash….it’s up to you.

To ensure your registry creation goes smoothly, you’ll have access to your own personal wedding registry consultant. Your consultant is always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have about setting up your registry, wedding registry etiquette or anything else you can think of!

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Creating your registry is easy, just add items from the gallery of recommended gifts or add your own customized gifts. Each gift is able to be customized, so you can add your own description and price. A great feature is that if you opt for an expensive gift, say a trip to Rome, you can break the total gift into smaller pieces so a bunch of your guests can each gift you a portion of the trip. And with Wedding Republic you won’t have to worry about return policies because you received cash.

With Wedding Republic you can register for exactly what you need to build your life together.

And as a bonus, Wedding Republic is offering a free wedding photo book, courtesy of Blurb.com, as well as an ultra-package from Snapable.com for an online photo album and print package valued at $400 to one lucky couple that submits their favorite engagement photo. Visit their blog for more information and enter through Facebook to win.

Contest ends August 29th and is open to all couples in the US and Canada. Must be 18 or older to enter. Good luck!