i am stepping away from the thought provoking curious birds question today. i had a bunch of great ones to ask (which i will ask in later weeks), but i realized a more "practical" question has been on my mind since yesterday and i would love your opinions. i have a few weddings that i will be attending in the late summer and and early part of september. a friend was over the other day who is also attending one of the weddings and we were discussing wedding gifts. what should we get the couple? should we purchase something off the registry or go with something more from the heart? now, i am married and i did register for gifts at a few places. i know some people love having a registry to choose from. it is super easy and you know you are getting something the couple really wants. but i have never been a "buy off the registry" type of gal. i always like to try and find that perfect gift that i just know the couple will love and they didn't even know they wanted it! some of my favorite wedding gifts that i received were not purchased from our registry. three of my dearest friends gave jim and i a painting of a photo of us that was taken on our first date. i absolutely cherish that painting. i love it so much. another group of our awesome friends went in together and bought us vouchers for airline tickets. amazing, right? they pretty much paid for the tickets for our honeymoon in rome. one of the many gifts my sisters gave us was a framed painting of both of our irish family crests, side by side. i think it is so cool and it hangs right in the entryway of our home. a couple of my girlfriends gave us a collection of some of our favorite wines. never a bad gift, in my opinion! and i wasn't going to complain when my uncle gave us a set of tiffany wine glasses. i mean, i needed something to drink the wine from, right? we loved all of our gifts that we registered for, as well. of course we did! i mean, we registered for them, right?
okay, so now is where you come in. do you think, when it comes to wedding gifts, that you should always stick with the registry? it is obviously going to be something the happy couple wants and/or needs. what do you do if you happen to find what is, in your opinion, the perfect gift, but it was not registered for? do you buy it and save it for an anniversary? a birthday? perhaps a shower gift? or do you just go ahead and give it to them on the big day? i say go ahead! but i could be wrong. what do you think?
i have no pictures to go with this post, so i thought i would share a few photos from our happy day...
the most beautiful sisters and bridesmaids!
have a happy day!
xoxo, nora bird