I don't know about you all, but I used to always be stumped when it came to wedding gifts. I wanted to give them something that had more of a personal touch to it than just buying something they registered for.
Ever since my wedding, when I was given the most perfect, meaningful, personal gift, I have stolen the idea and given it to other newlyweds!
(Okay I admit to just putting up my wedding photos because I love them so much... Forgive me.) :) Photo credit to the awesome Michael Kaal!
Anyway, back to the super awesome wedding gift idea:
It is a guided date card for their 1 year anniversary. It is super simple, but so sweet! All you do is get a nice card and write something along the lines of "On or near your first year anniversary, go out to eat and ask each other the following questions," in it. Then write in some thought-provoking questions (ours had 5). There are an infinite amount of questions you could use, but here are some suggestions:
- What was your favorite memory in our first year of marriage?
- What did I do that made you feel loved?
- What did I do that did not make you feel loved?
- If you could go anywhere in the next year, where would you go?
- What are your goals for us in the next year?
- What is something I do that annoys you?
- What is your favorite thing about being married?
- What is your favorite date place/activity?
- What has been the biggest surprise for you about marriage?
- What do you love the most about me?
- Where do you want to be in 5 years and what do you want to be doing?
- If you could live anywhere else in the world other than here, where would that be?
- What do you find romantic?
Don't forget to also put in a gift card for them to go out to eat with! Ours had a dairy queen gift card and instructed us to go out for dessert. When we got married I put the card and gift card in a drawer and then added a reminder in my phone near our anniversary to use it. Getting dessert together while going through the questions was awesome and really impacted our marriage. We set goals for our next year of marriage, had laughs about things we do that annoy each other, and felt loved by all the things the other person said about memories, and our good qualities.
You can give this gift as a small gift card for dessert somewhere in addition to a gift they registered for, or you can give it as a stand alone gift and include a larger gift card to a nicer place.
What is the best wedding gift you have ever received or given? Has anyone else received this gift? If so, how did you like it? Let me know by commenting below, or reaching out on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! @DanielleVUpshaw