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ONE of the most frequently asked questions of the families of a bride and groom to be is “What gift can we give them?” Gifts are obviously meant to be a surprise but, let’s get real, these days newly-weds need practical gifts and they can have a big say in what they would really like.

ONE of the most frequently asked questions of the families of a bride and groom to be is “What gift can we give them?” Gifts are obviously meant to be a surprise but, let’s get real, these days newly-weds need practical gifts and they can have a big say in what they would really like. Gone are the days of receiving a host of unwanted or useless wedding gifts. Speak up and get what you would really like. The gift of money may seem impersonal or uncreative, but it is the number one recommended wedding gift. Most young couples are saving for something big – a house, a car, a piece of furniture, or are still paying back their student loans. Money may also help them have an extra-special honeymoon. Whilst it might be considered rude by some for a bridal couple to ask for money, don’t be shy to communicate your wishes to special guests and family members. Setting up home for the first time is expensive so drawing up a gift registry is obviously a practical idea and it prevents bridal couples from receiving duplicates. Bear in mind however that many guests might be uncomfortable with you actually knowing

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what their gift cost! Many couples list expensive dream wedding gifts at the registry – things that they don’t actually think they’re going to get! Don’t be foolish, try to be practical when drawing up your list and you will get most of what you asked for. Another ideas is to choose or request gifts that will stand the test of time like a piece of art or a homemade quilt. Don’t be shy to ask your talented friends and family to create something special for you to cherish in the years to come. If you covet a lovely piece of old furniture that belongs to your grandmother, tell her that you covet it and she might even give it to you as a wedding gift! Honeymoons are expensive. Don’t keep it a secret as to where you are going – that’s very old fashioned! Your honeymoon destination could very well give your guests ideas for a gift such as vouchers for a special spa treatment, a special activity or a special meal at a popular nearby restaurant. They could even arrange for a hamper of special goodies or a bouquet of your favourite flowers to be delivered to your room. Ask nicely and you will probably get what you ask for!

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