Picking out gifts to bring to a wedding isn't always easy. If you don't know the couple very well, it makes it even harder. A sure-fire hit would be to go to the couple's gift registry and check out what they need (and want). For young couples choosing a wedding gift is often as simple as choosing between a stand mixer and a set of cooking knives. Then again, things can get tricky when the couple is older and more established in their lives together. They already have all the housewares and appliances they need so you may want to look into something more creative for them.
These guides may help take some of the pressure off:
* Gifts for Young Couples
* Wedding Gifts for a Second Marriage
Weddings are a major gift-giving occasion. Members of the wedding party are typically given gifts as a "thank you" for participating in the wedding. These gifts should be personal, meaningful gifts from the bride or groom. It can be hard to think of what to get your best friend when you need to stop at the florist, the caterer, a dress fitting, and your parents' house, so check out this guide to Bridal Party Gifts for a little inspiration.
In addition to your bridal party, you want to thank all your guests for coming with a little something for them to take home. Check our our guide to Wedding Favors for sure-fire ideas guaranteed to be a hit! Once a couple has made it to their 25th anniversary, it is common for them to renew their vows and have what is called a "Silver Wedding." The same is true for the 50th anniversary and the "Gold Wedding." You'll find some great gift ideas for these special occasions in the Silver Wedding Gifts shopping guide.