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What was the best gift you were given at your wedding?
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:18 AM
DF and i are getting married at the end of March and we are just having a very small ceremony and reception in my mums back yard. Just those closest to us are being invited.
We've been asked by a couple of people about gifts...now i dont really care and am almost saying no gifts but i know a few that will get something anyway and prefer to get something we would actually like.
DF and i live together already and apart from some large pieces of furniture (sofa for the cinema room) and some major stuff for the house (paving in the backyard) we pretty much have everything we need.
I feel rude asking for money to go towards something like that but not sure what else to tell them. So my questions is for you all...what was the best gift you were given at your wedding...doesnt matter how cheap/expensive, small/large it was.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:21 AM
how about Bunnings vouchers or something? To help with outdoor things. The best gift we recieved was a new bed from my parents lol Our old one was so uncomfortable and we really needed a new one...Also a dinner set from my SIL's ex DH lol I Love it still use it now
Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:23 AM
Our best presents were a slow cooker & a gorgeous Maxwell & Williams set with everything you could imagine, plates, bowls, cutlery, gravy jug, oven dishes. Everything. It was my favorite present.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:44 AM
A stovetop kettle in the shape of a strawberry (with a train whistle) and a plaster pig money box with a big red ribbon bow around its neck - the quirky things that are very 'us'.
We had a registry at a travel agency, so most guest contributed to that. Yes, I know that makes me EB trashy bogan, but we had a great honeymoon!
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:25 PM
My sister gave me a bridal mag and it had advertised an online registry that has options for you not only to choose gifts, but guests can also just put money in the electronic wishing well, or for a honeymoon. I know both of these are big EB no nos, but you gotta do what suits you.
We are in a similar position, the only things we need is a lounge or a roof on our back deck. I was going to say to people that asked to get us bunnings vouchers and then we could use that to pay for the back deck. However, I intend on popping onto this site and having a look to see if it might work better.
Our guests are going to have to travel (between 100 and 300km) and pay for accommodation. I don't expect gifts, but I know some of my friends will ignore that request anyway!
Edited by PussyDids, 21 February 2012 - 01:26 PM.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:32 PM
I like the idea of the bunnings vouchers which a PP mentioned. What we did for our wedding was that we didn't ask/specify anything about gifts (I also don't like *asking* for gifts or money!) and found that most people just gave us cash or a voucher anyway! Didn't end up with anything we didn't want/need, we got a few household items, kitchen type stuff, but it was all great! Everyone knew (we also had an intimate wedding, just 40 guests) that we had lived together for a long while so we got some really great gifts! All the best for your wedding, enjoy your special day
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:34 PM
We requested no gifts, and for those that insisted we asked for fruit trees. No one got us fruit trees and we ended up with a few random items that were of little use or sentimental value to us. I wish someone had got us some mango or avocado trees, they'd be fruiting by now!!! My SIL did get us a beautiful wooden blanket box which I will pass onto (one of) my daughters in the form of a glory box. I honestly can't remember anything else we were given.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:37 PM
We asked everyone to put in towards a painting that we wanted.
A few gave us presents as well - one is a beautiful Stuart Crystal photo frame (now holding a photo of our wedding).
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:40 PM
One of my friends had her Dad make a lovely trinket box from a fallen tree on their property ( he's a woodturner) and she embroidered a lid insert. It's been on display and used for 16 years now.
It was thoughtful, she put time and effort into making it and it's beautiful.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:40 PM
I too appreciate the quirky gifts that we received way more than the regular stuff. I'll always remember who gave us our most fabulous vase (which I've never seen anywhere else) and our silver pig. All the other stuff, I have to look up the details of who gifted what and I hate that I can't remember.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:43 PM
A popcorn maker. This has been used sooo much...we go through patches where it gets used twive a day, but a the very least, it is twice a week. We have been married 8 years this year.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:46 PM
The best gift we got was actually a set of dictionary and thesaurus.
Sounds funny but I have used them so often
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:48 PM
Meh, we clearly tacky as we had a wishing well. We did however, use it to purchase our bedroom suite - king size solid timber bed, mattress, all linens, bedside tables and dressing table.
A lot of friends/family comment on how buying the "marital bed" is one of the better uses for wishing wells.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:48 PM
We were cheeky and asked for Flight Centre vouchers because we were going to visit my husbands family in the UK for our honeymoon. Some people still gave us gifts though which of course we didn't mind in the least. Some people love the idea of giving money because it means they don't have to think about it, some people prefer giving gifts as that's what they're comfortable with. I don't think either is wrong. Though if asking for money, I think it's helps take the 'materialistic factor' out of it if you specify you're putting it toward something. My brother and his wife asked for money to buy a new water tank for their property.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:52 PM
Not me, but my sister is still in love with the outdoor furniture that her group of friends bought her.
But she neither requested them to buy it, nor asked for money toward it. Her friends just pitched in and bought it of their own accord, which made it all the more special, according to her.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:55 PM
Mine would be my Mix Master.... My MIL asked me what I would really like and to be honest as she wanted to get us something special to start our married life together. This was the one thing I had always wanted yet never had so I was so very excited to get that.
In your case do you and DF drink wine etc, perhaps a bottle of the guests special wine to put in a rack and open to celebrate milestones, eg kids births, anniversaries, special birthdays etc
Are you into cooking perhaps people could give you their favorite recipies to collate into a book.
Do you know what couch or store your couch will be purchased from as I know a lot of people don't mind chipping a voucher to that store to put towards it.
Another really nice pressie is NICE linens and towels.......I know I spend more on linen I give as a gift than I do to put on my bed so a really nice set of fluffy super absorbent towels, nice sheets quilt cover etc are something you can use for years
Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:56 PM
A MASSIVE 12 place cutlery setting with matching serving utensils in a gorgeous mahogany box from my mother. I'd been drooling over them since I was 12 as we had never had the money for a nice cutlery set. We do a LOT of entertaining so it has seen quite a bit of use in the 3 years we've been married.
One of my husbands work colleagues gave us a 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheet set. Real luxury stuff. It ruined us for the cheap bed linens after that! Unfortunately we decided to upgrade to a king size bed after the floods last year and that sheet set now sits in the linen closet unused until one of the kids goes into a queen bed.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:20 PM
Dyson vacum cleaner and RACO cookwear set, scan pan knives, Sheridan king size bath towels because I use them almost everyday.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:52 PM
My Dyson hand held vacuum/dust buster - its the best gift we got, we use it all the time and it is SO much better than any other dustbuster on the market!
Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:04 PM
Most used present - our ironing board, which is still going strong 24 years later. Other presents we still use include the kitchen clock (a lovely Cobb and Co one), a standard lamp, hand-held mixer, a painting and crystal glasses.
Ugliest gift - very scratchy, thin purple towels with brown gingham trim and yellow embroidery. However we are still using them - as cleaning rags they're brilliant!
I know we got lots of gifts but they're the most memorable ones.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:29 PM
I can't pick a single *best* gift. But there are a few that we used quite frequently and as a result, we'll never forget who gave them to us for our wedding.
- handmade wooden fruit bowl, beautifully woodturned. It sits on the dining table, always looks great.
- a bunch of board & card games - scrabble, pictionary, jenga, taboo, backgammon, skip-bo and uno, monopoly. Very useful. This was a gift from a family I had grown up with - all the kids (now adults) pitched in for that and picked all the games we used to play on rainy days when our families got together
- dictionary & thesaurus (although I am starting to use online versions lately)
- 12 setting cutlery set, good quality. We use it as our everyday set.
- wall clock
- 8 dri-glo luxury towels with matching bathmats, hand towels and face washers. Still using them now - about to hit 10 years and they are doing well. Never would have bought that ourselves, so that was lovely.
- a really good picnic backpack, 2 travel rugs and a set of boules. We hardly ever take that out of the car - it gets used so often.
Both sets of parents gave us money and with that, we bought our sofas & ottoman, dining table and buffet and the TV cabinet.
We didn't have a wishing well, although some people gave money. We let them know what we bought with the gift and tried to think of something that we wanted but was also in keeping with what the person was like who gave us the money (eg. one friend was very happy to learn he had given us tennis racquets & a frisbee, since we do a lot of outdoor stuff with him)
Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:45 PM
My uncle and aunt gave us a lovely frame for our wedding certificate - it was one of those around 5cm deep ones that we could put wedding flowers and a photo from the day in. We have given one to2 other couples for their wedding days, we all have them on display and love them (they were around $200, we pitched in with others for our friends)
Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:50 PM
We were given a copy of Stephanie Alexander's Cook Companion and we use it regularly. Nice towels are also well, nice, as they are a boring item to spend lots of money on yourself.
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