The History of Wedding Gifts

History of wedding gifts….there is no doubt that you’ve attended probably more than one wedding at one point or the other. Weddings differ in so many different ways. But, at the same time, there is one thing that is, or should I say was, constant – the wedding gifts. I can bet to my last coin that in many, if not all, the weddings that you’ve attended, the love birds that were wedding were given gifts.

So, where and how did this tradition of giving wedding gifts begin? Who began it? What does giving gifts on a wedding day mean? Does it mean a wedding without gifts is incomplete?

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THE EVOLUTION & HISTORY OF WEDDING GIFTS

The history of wedding gifts is, undoubtedly, a far cry from what many people think. During early days, wedding gifts were simply the bride price. In other words, wedding gifts can be said to have evolved from the act of paying the bride price, now commonly referred to as the dowry. The dowry, on the other hand, is anything that was paid by the groom or by his family or given to the woman’s family in order to get her hand in marriage. In many cultures, the dowry included either animals or land, but mostly animals. The first dowry to be paid can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C.

This tradition changed with the changing times and that is why nowadays gifts are given during weddings. The current giving of wedding gifts start can be traced back to around 1928 when Macy’s introduced wedding gifts registry. Other stores would follow later and play catch-up and, the craze began.

Ideally, during those times, wedding gifts were given with the notion that the couple were most probably starting life and, as such, they needed a few things here and there to start their new life and home. The gifts included china, crystal and silver.

Fast forward to our times, the above cannot really be among the major reasons why wedding gifts are given. Nowadays, most gift-givers simply give wedding gifts as a way of appreciating the wedding couple.

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WHY GIVE WEDDING GIFTS?

This is certainly a good question. Before looking at why people give gifts in weddings, it would be prudent to ask yourself how much you know the happy couple and the much that you’re ready to spend on a gift.

Basically, wedding gifts are often given to congratulate the couple. Gifts are also sent by those who might not be attending in person as a way of ‘being together with the couple’ on their big day. To say the least, wedding gifts hold such an important place in any wedding.

Equally, the wedding gift from the groom to the bride is usually regarded as one of the most treasured. Why? Well, it is not only important and sweet but also romantic and a perfect way of expressing your love to your spouse.

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PERSONALIZED WEDDING GIFTS AND THEIR IMPORTANCE 

I’m pretty sure that making up your mind on which wedding gift you will give is one of the hardest decisions to make. However, there are a set of gifts that certainly stand out. Such include personalized wedding gifts. They are cherished and loved. They are available for the both the bride and groom. 

There are many creations that you can get as far as personalized wedding gifts are concerned. The major reason for giving such gifts is the fact that you have all the liberty to add all the touches that you feel are, or will be, important especially to the couple. You simply get an opportunity to create your own unique gift that one can hardly get anywhere else. This explains why such gifts are held dearly.

Personalized wedding gifts range from personalized home décor, cake servers, engraved toasting flutes to personalized guest books and many more.

WEDDING GIFT TO THE BRIDE FROM THE GROOM

This gift is special, as it is the most important gift. Personalized gifts are so key here. Try a boudoir photo album, a watch for the groom, hand written letter or even a piece of art. 


A Wedding Day Gift Exchange Idea!
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Wedding Coloring Books

Wedding coloring books….love this idea! What a great way to keep the little ones at your wedding occupied. Personalized coloring books with your names and wedding date. Even adult coloring books are available.  The coloring books are hand drawn to impress your little guests and keep them happy. 

Click here to order your personalized coloring books for your wedding day by Little Wee Shop. 

Wedding Coloring Books

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Wedding Coloring Books

 

Wedding Coloring Books

 

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2017 Wedding Colors

I love this adorable blog ElegantWeddingInvites who created this perfect article on the trendy wedding colors for 2017.  Click here to see all 5 trends. 

2017 Wedding Colors

2017 Wedding Colors

 

Don’t forget about a wedding day gift exchange.
Your Wedding Dress & His Suit Sketched Too! gift exchange

How to effectively cover a cost of a wedding – Wedding Budget

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive and when you’re dreaming of your special day it can start to feel like it’s way too much for you to afford, a wedding budget will help. But, with the right method, you can afford a great wedding without selling your house, car and a couple of limbs. 

Wedding Budget Options

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Spend Your Savings

There’s no better way to spend your savings than on your wedding day. What else were you planning to spend them on? If you’ve saved up enough and have some idea of what you can afford, you can make your wedding happen without putting yourself in any debt or hypothetical hot water. This way you know exactly how much you’re spending and don’t have to worry about any repayments.

However, this can get to be a bit of a risky choice if you start trying to spend your living wages on your wedding. You need to remember that you need to keep at least some money to live on. If you’ve already spent your monthly wages on your wedding and still have bills to pay, don’t use your credit card to pay them. Consider taking out a payday loan from a direct lender to pay the bills if you’re only a few days away from payday. If you can pay it back quickly, you won’t have to worry about the interest.

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Take Out A Loan

There are a few lenders that you can find that hand out loans specifically for weddings. While this option is almost certain to pay for your wedding, it’s not for everybody. Of course, these types of loans come with interest and responsibilities. You need to keep up your repayments or else face the consequences, which means that the months following your wedding can get pretty rough and money can get tight. If you’re thinking of taking out a loan to pay for your wedding, make sure you properly research your lender and the terms of your loan before signing and only take out an amount that you are certain you can afford to pay back.wedding budgetDesigned by Freepik

Create A Wedding Budget and Save Up

If you’re not in a rush to tie the knot, this is probably the best option. A wedding budget for paying for your wedding.  You won’t put yourself in any debt and you won’t be spending your hard-earned savings. Savings that could pay for your future retirement in Bali.  Open up a savings account for your wedding fund and start regularly paying into it. Do some basic maths and figure out how much you’re willing to part with. You can then arrange a payment plan. The money will regularly be automatically be transferred from your current account to your wedding savings account. To make sure you have enough to keep adding into your wedding fund. Curb some of your normal spending habits. Giv up some luxuries and pick up extra money where you can. If you’re smart and frugal you’ll have your wedding fund together in no time.

Superhero Wedding

A superhero wedding to save the day. We love the magic that a superhero has and what better way to add that magic to your wedding day. We have shared a few of our favorite ideas to add to your magical day. What a perfect way to trickle in your favorite superhero into your day. Whether it is a tieclip, wedding heels or a cake topper. 

Click on each image to be taken to that Etsy shop for the most perfect Superhero Wedding. 

Superhero Wedding Ideas

 

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Wedding Cake Topper – Mrs. & Mrs Superman

 

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Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates, Thank You Cards & So Much More.

 

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Groomsman, Groomsmen, Best Man & Father Wedding Gifts

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Boutineer For That Extra Bit Of Color To Your Wedding Suit

 

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Superman Book Placed At The Reception At Your Guestbook Table

 

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Wedding Bouquet With A Pop Of Color

 

 

 

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Wedding Ring With A Superman Symbol

 

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Drinkware For Your Wedding Guests

 

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Wedding Garter – Blue and Red

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Wedding cufflinks and Tieclips – a perfect accessory

 

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Superman Decals To Place On Wedding Envelopes, Seating Chart & More

 

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Wedding bowtie To Make You Feel Like Clark Kent

 

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Wedding Heels – How amazing in your wedding dress!!

 

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Wedding Tie Clip Makes A Perfect Gift

 

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Wedding Tie Tack Is Another Fun Idea

 

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Wedding Cupcake Toppers

 

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Wedding Superman Tie – So Sharp

 

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Props For Your Wedding Photos

 

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TShirt – Dress the part planning your wedding day. 

 

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Wedding earrings. 

 

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In Memory Of… For Your Wedding Bouquet

 

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Superhero Shot Glasses For Wedding Gifts

 

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Wedding Necklace

 

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No need to be left out –For The Groom!

 

Superhero WeddingSuperman Monogram Stamp To Make Your Wedding Special

 

Click on each image to be taken to that Etsy shop for the most perfect Superhero Wedding. 


Don’t forget about a wedding day gift exchange.
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Cotton Anniversary Gift

Two year anniversary gift ideas – the traditional two year gift is cotton.  Really fun personalized  gifts. Click on each each image to find out more.

 

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Wedding Pose Ideas

101 Wedding Pose Ideas. The Dating Divas have created this amazing detailed article with so many great ideas for the couple. Check out the 54 Posing Ideas Just For Couples, 24 Location Ideas Perfect For Couples Photography, 24 Different Prop Ideas that are perfect for Couples Photography and 5 Bonus Tips to Rock Your Next Photo Shoot.

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Wedding Hairstyles

Wedding Hairstyles for 2017
65 Long Bridesmaid Hair & Bridal Hairstyles

Click here to view all 65 Wedding Hairstyles. wedding hairstyles


Don’t forget about a wedding day gift exchange.
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Groom Suits

Looking for the perfect suit for your wedding. The Black Tux allows you to select a coat and pants to start building your look. Click here to view more suit ideas. Curated looks are a complete outfits for rent, styled in-house, with handpicked accessories to cover you head to toe. Click here to the view the curated ideas.

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