The wedding morning is lovely for so many reasons but one little trend we see time and time again in our real weddings is the gift exchange! It’s by no means a tradition but some couples opt to exchange a little wedding morning gift with their partner to mark this super special occasion and let them know they’re thinking of them as they both get ready. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or cost the earth – there are some simple but really sweet ways to let your soon to be hubby or wife know how much they mean to you from a poignant handwritten letter or a piece of engraved jewellery to the lyrics of your first dance song made in to a framed print or a case of your favourite wine complete with ‘Marriage Milestone’ labels so you can celebrate your year of firsts. Check out 13 of our favourite wedding morning gift ideas below…
1. A Simple Heartfelt Letter
Photo via Gabriel & Kerstyn’s real wedding by Aspect Photography
Sometimes the simple things are the best – tell your partner just how excited you are about the day ahead in a heartfelt, handwritten letter.
2. Pen a Surprise Message on the Sole of Her Wedding Shoes
Photo by Alea Lovely via Ruffled
Or if you’re feeling brave and want to surprise him/her, turn the sentiments in to a proper keepsake by penning a message on sole of their shoe.
3. A watch with a cute personalised gift tag
Photo via Bridal Guide
Ensure he’s on time with a watch he can wear and cherish forever – pair it with a cute ‘See you at X time’ tag or opt for a ‘Don’t be late’ tag like Amy did for hubby-to-be Shane on their Big Day!
4. A personalised hankie for all those happy tears
Photos by Marissa Lambert via Style Me Pretty
It’s going to be mega emotional so ensure your partner’s ready for it with one of these lovelies – make it extra special by having a personalised message embroidered on to the hankie.
5. A special scent to forever remind him/her of this special day
Photo by Troy Grover Photographers via Style Me Pretty
Surprise him or her with a bottle of their fave perfume/cologne or something new that will bring them right back to the special morning with one little spritz!
6. Bottles of vino with marriage milestone labels for lots of mini celebrations
Photo by Love by Serena via Style Me Pretty
Make sure you’re ready to celebrate all your marriage milestones with this sweet idea where you’ve a bottle of vino to toast all the big events in your first year of married life including your first Christmas and first wedding anniversary!
7. A personalised print with the lyrics from your first dance song
Photo from Cormac & Linda’s real wedding by Julie Cummins Photography
Turn the lyrics of your first dance song in to a piece of art you can hang at home and treasure forever!
8. A piece of jewellery or cuff links with a secret and special engraving
Photo from Ruth & John’s real wedding by Emma Russell Photography
Surprise your other half with a piece of jewellery they can wear on the Big Day (and special occasions afterwards) and get it engraved with a sentimental message as a sweet reminder.
9. Hide an embroidered message on his tie or inside jacket pocket
Photo via Etsy
Give your groom a gorgeous surprise on the wedding morning when he goes to put on his tie or jacket by having a sweet, embroidered message hidden on the inside!
10. A framed photo or love story book
Photo by Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty
Celebrate your love story with some handpicked images of you guys together – frame one you love or pop them in to a memory book as a little nod to your journey this far.
11. An engagement journal full of the all your planning milestones and memories
Photo by Tessa J. via Style Me Pretty
Turn your engagement journey in to an amazing keepsake by documenting your thoughts and feelings on the lead up to the Big Day!
12. A memory box to store all your little bits from the Big Day (don’t forget to buy a newspaper with the date on it!)
Photo via BHLDN
Make sure your partner can treasure all the little details from your wedding with a beautiful keepsake box so they can keep everything in the one place!
13. All the Reasons You Want to Marry Them…
Photo via Etsy
… so they know just how happy you are on this special day and will always have it as a gorgeous reminder!
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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery. Her favourite section on the site is the galleries section (too many pretty images to choose from), and she can often be found lurking in the fashion and beauty forums as well.