Wedding season is upon us and whilst celebrating the union of those close to us, the issue of wedding gifts can often cause undue stress for guests – especially when it comes to the couple that has everything.
However, finding a thoughtful gift that is sure to be memorable and personalised to the couple needn't be that difficult. You don't have to resort to simply giving them cash with these creative ideas.
With many couples already living together before getting married, the need for traditional wedding gifts of household items is getting smaller and smaller.
Rather than looking for a specific item of use, you may like to purchase an experience that the couple can use on their honeymoon. If you know where and when they are going, it's easy to purchase a voucher for an activity, restaurant or experience at their destination. This type of gift is personal and thoughtful, and the couple will always think of you when they remember their time there.
Nowadays, there are even easier ways for guests to contribute to a couple's honeymoons with specific honeymoon registries starting to replace the more traditional wedding registries. These platforms make it easy to select or contribute towards specific aspects of the newlyweds' honeymoon.
Wine and cheese go hand in hand, just like the new happy couple. Always featuring on the list of the top romantic foods, these two little pleasures can actually be the basis of a very thoughtful wedding gift.
Learning about different cheeses and how to pair them with particular wines will not only be an educational experience, it is sure to provide them with a fun and romantic memory for years to come.
The Allium Cheese and Wine night in Melbourne is a great example. Every third Wednesday of the month, the folks at Good Food Guide Award Winning restaurant Allium Food and Wine cover a different region, pairing four cheeses to beverages.
Personalised gifts are always a great option as they show that you've thought about the couple and put some effort into sourcing a gift specifically for them. In their new lives together, they may like to keep the romance alive and picnics are a great way for them to spend quality time together.
What better gift than to arrange a personalised picnic basket for them. These sets can often include a personalised badge on the basket to commemorate their marriage. Many of these sets come with the ability to include a wine which can also be personally labeled for the happy couple. If you know what types of food they like, you can even fill it with their favourite non-perishables (you wouldn't want anything going off whilst they're on their honeymoon!).
As with the wine and cheese class, a cooking experience can be a fun experience for the couple to look forward to once their wedding and honeymoon are over. An added benefit is that the new happy couple can pick up some tips and tricks for cooking for each other during their marriage.
Cooking demonstrations and classes are usually followed by a full tasting of the menu which is a chance for couples to enjoy the fruits of their labour – with a glass of wine of course.
An example of a romantic cooking class option is Feast @ McVitty, which began as a vineyard in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, but now has a lauded restaurant. The property overlooks the local landscape and vineyards, providing the perfect setting for a romantic experience. They have opened a cooking school where participants can learn to cook from the menu and then be seated at their long table to taste the demonstrated fare, with a glass of complimentary wine.
Who doesn't love going out for a good meal? After the excitement of the wedding, spending a romantic evening dining together is the perfect way for a couple to begin married life. Whether they are true foodies or not, the Good Food Gift Card will allow the happy couple to experience a meal at one of Australia's top restaurants. With hundreds of participating restaurants nationwide, they are sure to be spoilt for choice.
This is also a great option for last minute gifts, as digital cards can be purchased online and emailed instantly or you can print and put them in a wedding card! Gift Cards are available in $50 and $100 and can be purchased online or in leading retailers such as Coles, Woolworths, Australia Post and Big W.