Before I got engaged, I always aimed to give wedding gifts that were off-registry. I liked to find interesting gifts, more exciting than a set of dishes, like a hot-air balloon ride or a gift certificate to the latest and greatest restaurant in town. That notion quickly disappeared when I got married. I spent so much time curating my registry, carefully choosing pieces that spoke of our style and taste, things that would be useful and timeless. And, embarrassing as it is to admit, I was slightly annoyed with gifts that were off-registry and completely out of the blue, such as the unsolicited artwork for which I had no wall space. And no gift receipt.
When it comes to weddings, it’s advisable to give gifts from the couple’s registry, unless the bride or groom has explicitly communicated to you that there’s something they’d really love that’s not on their list. I love giving gifts of any kind, and I prefer them to be memorable. With a little thought and creativity, it’s simple to fulfill both. Just choose an item from the couple’s list, say a coffee maker, for example, then add a few extras to make it personal. It’s no secret I am a coffee lover, so the idea of “Sunday Morning Coffee in Bed” gift is just dreamy to me. Here’s what you’ll need:
Though I am a huge fan of the brewing process, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Or coffee, as the case may be. The Nespresso Citiz & Milk espresso machine takes the guesswork out of making coffeehouse quality beverages, brewing foolproof espresso and perfectly steaming milk at the touch of a button.
Printed napkins add a pop to any dining palette, and might just come in handy while lounging with lattes in bed.
Pull a few blooms to place in a small bud vase. Fresh flowers are a lovely way to wake up in the morning and pull every breakfast tray together.
Place coffee mugs, napkins and vase all atop this acacia tray for easy breakfast bedside service. What a wonderful way to wake up!
Some of my other favorite registry picks from Target:
What’s the most creative or memorable registry gift you’ve ever seen? Did you give it or receive?
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