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Great Cheap but Lovely & Thoughtful Wedding Gift Hunt

edited 23 June 2009 at 3:04PM in Weddings & Anniversaries
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edited 23 June 2009 at 3:04PM in Weddings & Anniversaries
What's it about?

The wedding season's starting. While most happy couples try to put a mix of lower and higher priced items on their lists often the less costly items have long gone by the time you're looking.

It may be that you can't quite afford to give something from the list or that you'd simply rather give them something that little bit more personal with some thought put into it.

Whatever the reason I'd like to tap MoneySavers' wealth of knowledge to compile suggestions for a lovely but less expensive way to wish them well and future happiness.

What to do?

Click reply below to give other wedding guest MoneySavers the benefit of your ideas.


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  • *Louise**Louise* Forumite
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    I love making cross stitch pictures, and these have always been extremely well received by family and friends, so I would most likely do a special personalised commemorative cross stitch picture for the couple.
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  • MsChazzerMsChazzer Forumite
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    Think about what the couple like and see if you can come up with a gift around that. We both love the coast and we got a small model boat that had been personalised with our names and date of the wedding, we love it.

    In the past I've made up small food hampers for the couple (small because I wanted quality not quantity when it came to the food), make sure it's stuff that doesn't need refrigerating and won't go off while they're away on honeymoon. Having some nice food when you come back is always appreciated.

    Echoing what Louise said, use any creative talents to make a gift or to make a shop-bought one better. We got a waffle maker and our artistic friends made up personalised recipes with a photo they took of us eating waffles when we visited them.
    Got married 23rd May 2009, many thanks to all on the Weddings and Anniversaries board for their help and support!
  • HoraceHorace Forumite
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    I look in charity shops for antique glass - I usually get pressed glass dishes that nuts and olives can be put in. If I like it then I know that whomever I am buying the gift for will also like it. I never pay more than a fiver and will get away with paying as little as possible. I do it so that they have something to keep.
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  • MsChazzerMsChazzer Forumite
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    Horace wrote: »
    I look in charity shops for antique glass - I usually get pressed glass dishes that nuts and olives can be put in. If I like it then I know that whomever I am buying the gift for will also like it. I never pay more than a fiver and will get away with paying as little as possible. I do it so that they have something to keep.

    What a great idea, I'm collecting up bits of vintage china for a friend's birthday.
    Got married 23rd May 2009, many thanks to all on the Weddings and Anniversaries board for their help and support!
  • Neeny82Neeny82 Forumite
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    Check out photobox website, you upload photo's and they send you a book back with all your pics in. There are LOVE books which would be a lovely present!
    :D Finally decided to start growing up when it comes to money!:j
  • joolesw1972joolesw1972 Forumite
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    think about offering talents! I made friends of ours a cupcake wedding cake a couple of years ago & we gave them that as a wedding present & my partner does stained glass & made her best friend a stained glass window for her wedding present, other things that might be appreciated are vouchers for babysitting(only if they already have kids!!!) or jobs in the house-painting, cleaning windows, gardening. I know that I would find that more useful than guests spending money they can't afford on expensive presents.
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  • edited 29 June 2009 at 12:05PM
    sparklylimesparklylime Forumite
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    edited 29 June 2009 at 12:05PM
    My idea is to either make (if your creative!) or buy a guestbook for the bride and groom. If you buy one you can always personalise it by adding your own embellishments. They needn't been expensive as you can buy a plain scrapbook quite cheaply from art shops and then decorate it nicely.

    Then at the wedding take responsibility for getting everyone to sign the book and leave thier messages for the happy couple. If no-one takes charge of doing this you can end up with quite an empty looking book. So take it round all the tables and make everyone sign!! Some poeple like to have a theme like writing a tip for a happy marriage or each person writing their favourite funny story about the couple.

    I did a guest book recently for a friends wedding and made sure every other page was left blank then while they were on the honeymoon I filled the blank pages with silly snapshots from throughout the day and re-wrapped it for when they got back. They really loved it as it is so personalised and brings lots of happy memories when the look at it.
  • freebiequenniefreebiequennie Forumite
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    littlewoods, empire and kays have free postage and have a silver plated vanilla scented candle with 75% off at the moment its lovely ordered one for my mum for xmas and was £4.50 (there is a code around for £5 off no min spend) and also some other gift things on there so worth a look.
  • funky_snowfunky_snow Forumite
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    I take a lot of photos - not a pro yet - but lots of colour/abstract style. I have invited my friends that got married to come over - pick a picture they like and would want in their home and I'll have it made into a print for their wall. Although its not a mega cheap option as still have to pay for printing - its more personal...
  • A couple of ideas that I have done in the past.

    - I did a reading at my brothers wedding, so I printed out the reading on good quality paper in a nice font and then had it framed.

    - 2 mates got married so i put together a "1st anniversary box" which was meant for them to keep until their 1st anniversary, if I remember correctly it had a bottle of sparkling wine, nice bubble bath, massage lotion, a romantic cd, well dated chocs, etc etc. They kept it under the bed for a year
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