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Attending the wedding of a friend or family member is one of life's privileges, so choosing an appropriate gift to honour their big day is an important task. Of course, being a wedding guest comes with its own list of wed-min, from booking accommodation to selecting outfits and more - particularly if you find yourself in the 'inner circle' or bridal party! So, that all-important gift is often left until the last minute. This is why the gifting experts at hampers.com have put together their ultimate guide to finding the perfect wedding present for the happy couple. Spoiler alert: It's not essential to stick to the gift list!
Do your research
Often, wedding guests will have a closer relationship with one half of the couple, so taking the time to find out what both of them enjoy is a thoughtful act which will be truly appreciated. Remember not to let your own taste take over - think about their home, their restaurant choices and their interests, and see if you can find a present which matches their lifestyle.
Make it personal
A personal gift always feels so much more thoughtful. Even if a suggested gift list exists, you don't have to stick to this if you can find something a little more unique, with a deeper connection to the couple. You may have the perfect idea for a gift that they can share together, which is a lovely way to start married life.
Find sources of inspiration
If you've not known the couple for very long, make use of those new hen or stag do connections! Lifelong friends often have great insights into what they might really love, and can give you the insider knowledge you need to inspire a fantastic gift. Social media can be very useful, too - take a look at their recent posts for a little extra inspiration. Knowledge is power when it comes to gifting!
Truly perfect gifts are those which create memories for the couple; after all, memories are what we really treasure in life. Whether it's a gorgeous Champagne or Prosecco hamper that they can enjoy on a special day after the wedding, or everything they need for a romantic cheese and wine evening at home, consider giving them a happy experience that they'll always remember.
Set a budget
It's so easy to get carried away when it comes to gift-giving. Although picking up lots of little gifts as you go along will make you feel more prepared, be mindful of your budget. After all, no couple wants their wedding to be a financial pressure on their loved ones. Plan early, but don't buy anything on the spot. Think about what you'd really like to give to the happy couple.