Weddings are an incredibly special and unique time for a bride and groom. For the guests, giving a wedding gift was traditionally seen as a way to help the newlyweds start their life together. But times have changed and the need for giving china, platters and crystal has fallen by the wayside as an increasing number of couples have already established a home before they get married.
So, if a couple already has all the basics, what is the best wedding gift to give? The best wedding gift is one given with love and thoughtfulness. From a beautifully written letter to the couple to a painting they have fallen in love with, a gift comes in many forms. Since we aren’t experts on writing a lovely letter, today’s post will look at the best way to organise an incredible wedding gift.
One of the most common difficulties wedding guests face is budgetary constraints, how to afford a quality wedding gift that is both memorable and fitting. By pooling your resources with those of the other wedding guests, you can collaborate on a group gift. Most likely you will have friends among the other wedding guests, but if not, a quiet word to the mother of the bride or groom will secure you with the names you need. By grouping together, you will all be able to give a sensational group wedding gift.
In order to give the best group gift possible, a well-rounded understanding of the couple’s likes and interests is needed. Chat, email or text the other wedding guests in your gift-giving group to learn more about the quirks of both the bride and groom; with so many different inputs, you’ll be sure to learn something about the couple that you never knew before! As everyone contributes their understanding of the bride and groom’s interests, start a list of potential gift ideas. Have in mind a budget based on the number of guests in your group and the maximum amount an individual would like to spend.
Circulate the gift list to the group and request input and suggestions from each participating individual to ensure everyone who is contributing has a say. Once the group has agreed on a gift, make sure it is available and determine what it will cost to purchase. Divvy up this cost by the number of guests participating and let your gift-giving group know the amount they will need to contribute.
Use GroupTogether.com as a hassle free way to collect contributions from the other wedding guests. GroupTogether will invite, collect, track and transfer the gift money for you. Automatic (and polite) reminders are sent and a Group Card with everyone’s messages and photos is created. After the gift funds have been received, withdraw them to your account and make the purchase!
Now the fun part! Decide with your group where and when the gift will be given. Should you bring it to the reception or have it delivered to the couple’s home? Don’t forget to email or print out the GroupCard and enjoy the look of surprise and delight on the faces of the bride and groom when they open it!
Giving a fabulous wedding gift doesn’t need to be financially stressful. By grouping together with other wedding guests, you will be able to give a group gift that they will cherish for many years to come. Start by working together with other wedding guests to learn more about the newlyweds, and then begin searching for gifts that match their interests. Choose the group favourite making sure it’s available and within budget. Use GroupTogether.com to collect the funds effortlessly and create a group card from all the guests. Finally, enjoy giving the gift of a lifetime!
Have you ever given a group wedding gift? How did it turn out? We’d love to hear from you.
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