Maybe your best friend just got engaged, or your niece, cousin, whoever. You know you don't want to get your recently engaged loved one a boring gift card to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (although we love the BB&B!). You want to give them something different, that they will remember for years to come. Here's seven unique ideas that are sure to make you the hit of the engagement party:
What is it? Similar to Birch Box, this is a monthly subscription for brides delivered to their door. Each month, the bride to be receives a surprise box full of bridal gifts and goodies. You decide the length, and the bride receives cute bridal swag!
2. Tickets to a wedding expo
Wedding expos, or bridal shows, are a great way for couples to find and meet vendors, get ideas, and sometimes get discounted pricing on services. You can do a quick Google search for upcoming bridal shows in the couples area and pay for tickets online. An upcoming big show in Philadelphia is the David Tutera Your Wedding Experience on February 28.
You can purchase a gift card to this unique wedding dress preservation service. This Philadelphia area company sketches your wedding dress and turns it into a piece of art.
Commemorate the start of a family with a custom cross-stitch portrait. Send the artist a photo of the couple and their new name or their wedding date. You can even include the couple's beloved cat or dog. The cross-stitch comes framed, matted and ready to adorn the walls of their newlywed nest.
5. An Experience.
Sounds simple enough. Give the give of an elaborate date night, that's already set up for them. Maybe it's a day at the spa, a wine tour, or a hot air balloon ride. Websites like Cloud9Living.com and Experiences.com can help you find and book events in your area.
6. Pay for a wedding vendor or service.
If you're close with the couple, a nice gesture is to offer to pay for a service for their wedding. Depending on your budget, family members or close friends sometimes pay for the bride's dress, wedding shoes, hair, or makeup.
7. The gift of a wedding planner.
I have personally been "gifted" to brides. As a wedding planner and business owner, I offer gift certificates. Sometimes friends will buy my services for a set amount of hours to have one-on-one consultations with the couple about their wedding plans. Or you can buy a Wedding Coordinator for the day of the wedding, which is a one day service. Contact me for more information regarding gift certificates.