The best pre-wedding gifts I received were not linens or cake pans. I liked the jewelry best. Well meaning relatives gave me necklaces, bracelets, and earrings they thought I might like to wear on my wedding day with the caveat that I shouldn’t feel obligated to wear them. And I didn’t, because I’d already picked out my own custom jewelry.
The jewelry I received didn’t end up going to waste, however. I wore some to the rehearsal dinner and some to the post-wedding brunch. Some I wore way before the wedding and some didn’t get worn until after I was wed, but all of it got worn. So if you know a bride who likes shiny stuff, don’t assume she has all the jewelry she needs. Whether or not she wears your gift when she says her, “I dos,” you can rest assured your gift will be much appreciated.
All of the lovely earrings above are available from Eve’s Addiction, and all are reasonably priced so you don’t have to break the bank buying holiday gifts. No, you can do that when it comes time to shell out for the shower or wrap something up for the wedding. According to this article, weddings are becoming “a serious pocket drain” for guests. I tend to agree–between gifts, travel, accommodations, and the necessary new outfit, other people’s nuptials are expensive!