Wedding Gifts Any Couple Would Want!

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“Our celebration lasted for a day, but your gift will be a lifelong reminder of how it was graced by lovely friends like you” –Wedding Gift Thank You Card

More often than not, wedding guests do not to go through too much of a hassle and make a fuss over finding an affianced couple the appropriate gift—thanks to the ingenuity and magic of gift registries. If you glossed over their list, all you would need to do is find a gift that is within your budget and gift that to the couple. However, what the couple would enlist in that registry is not always affordable and if you are a tad bit too late, you may find that most of what they asked for have already been bought by the other guests who are attending as well. You might also want to give the couple a gift that is uniquely creative which would not hurt your budget one bit.

Remember, your presence itself is already a great gift to the couple so there is no need to trouble yourself so much as regards that. But, should you want a few gifting ideas that would not necessarily come from the gift registry or gift them something totally unexpected read on below for a few ideas. So that the moment you enter the wedding venue in Makati or wherever that may be, you can be rest assured you have a great gift the couple would enjoy.

1.) SOMETHING HANDMADE AND SENTIMENTAL

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Who does not enjoy a personal handmade gift with a touch of sentimentality? I am sure quite everyone would enjoy it—including the newlywed couple you are about to gift it to. Incorporating your own handicraft and truly making the gift personal would show the newlywed couple that you took the extra mile and effort just to make sure they got a gift they would love and for sure, they would appreciate the gesture. One idea is to give them a lamp that is decorated with the pictures they have as a couple or perhaps a clock which has their photographs etched on it. The possibilities are endless and you can certainly let your creative shine through with this idea.

2.) A MOMENT TO RELAX

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Months, weeks and days prior to the wedding day would be pretty hectic and stressful for the couple that after that, all they want to do is unwind and relax. Even during the honeymoon, they may have a few more errands to tie up before they can finally just unwind. Of course, considering this to be the case, it would be appropriate to give them something that would allow them to indulge—at any time they please. A spa voucher which they could redeem anytime they please would be greatly welcomed.

3.) GIVE THEM THE CHANCE TO ESCAPE TOGETHER

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Apart from the honeymoon itself which is customary for any newlywed couple, any newlyweds would enjoy another holiday as this means they would have another time to be alone together. For any couple—newlywed or not, this would be a bonus. Additionally, this is an excellent way for you and your friends to give a joint gift and pool your resources together. Give the couple a holiday retreat where they can enjoy making more memories together and they will surely appreciate the gesture.

4.) Anything you want

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Your presence is already a gift enough for them and newlyweds would surely appreciate and be grateful for any gift that you have brought them. So, if you are bristling over the fact that gifting them shopping coupons, cash or vouchers with the thoughts of it being tacky then you would be relieved to know that these are very welcome gifts. It gives the newlywed couple and opportunity to choose for themselves a gift that they can truly use. Additionally, the extra cash they would receive from the wedding would be a welcome source of finances in their life together.

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Honeymoon Alternatives that Will Not Hurt Your Pocket!

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Honeymoons are awesome, they provide an easy avenue for newly wedded couples to bond with each other in a remote romantic place and connect after the wedding affair itself. More often than not, some couples look forward to this more than the wedding itself. Just imagine that after long stretches of weeks planning the perfect wedding, streamlining a multitude of choices from the catering menu down to the entourage’s outfits, mishaps here and there, sauntering down the aisle of your chosen wedding venue, you can finally have a week or two to relax with your spouse and be a Mrs. for the first time.

Unfortunately, some couples have exhausted their financial resources during the wedding preparations that the budget allocated for their honeymoon is a bit meager or is altogether virtually nonexistent. Well, lucky for you that there are a lot more ways to spend your honeymoon and they do not require you to break the bank. Alternatively, you and your spouse can save up for a real honeymoon and spend days following your wedding day just playing house together and connecting with each other in your new home (This is also an excellent time to go house shopping or furniture shopping). However, for those of you who would want to spend the following days after your wedding day in an affordable marital bliss, here are several alternatives to expensive honeymoon trips.

VOLUNTEER HONEYMOON

Here is a unique way to spend time with your new spouse and do your own part in giving back to the community. Volunteer Honeymoon is a unique way to spend time with your spouse by clearing trails at a local beach or helping out at a local orphanage. It would give you a memorable travel experience–one that would strengthen your bond with your spouse and certainly make an impact on you. This is not only a great honeymoon idea but it is also a fantastic and remarkable way to start you newly wedded life together.

MINI-MOON

Mini-moons are quickly becoming a trend among newlyweds as a popular honeymoon alternative. This is perfect for those newly wedded couples who are constrained to a budget or have budget limitations, timing constraints or little vacation time set aside. This would allow couples to experience an unforgettable destination for a few or so days (even if it is not exactly Greece or the Maldives). Typically, mini-moons are spent in a place within driving distance or a short flight. Regardless, though, you can still be assured of a great time together with your spouse.

CAMPING

This is perfect for the newly wedded couple who has a thirst for adventure and who would love to experience the great outdoors. Locally, there are a lot of camping spots you and your spouse can choose from and these types of trips are typically cheaper than an international cruise. Additionally, going on a camping trip would not only indulge the adventurer in you but as camping destinations all over the Philippines offer various packages that would include seeing some falls, visiting the beach and trekking, you and your spouse would get to experience more in this budget friendly honeymoon trip.

ECO-HONEYMOON

Another alternative way to spend your honeymoon while on a tight budget is to go on an eco-themed honeymoon. Explore the most diverse ecosystems surrounding your area or an area an hour flight away. This has become rather popular lately as it focuses on visiting natural or protected areas of a destination while minimizing overall impact. So, give this a try when you want an offbeat alternative way to celebrate your newly wedded life together.

HAVE A HONEYMOON AT HOME

Use this time to explore your city in a different light and together with your new spouse. Shop for things you may need at home, go to undiscovered locations, act like a tourist in your own city–the possibilities are endless. Going on a honeymoon trip does not mean you have to leave the confines of your own homes as you can still very much enjoy it where you are so long as you are creative about it. Spend your honeymoon within your city and you will learn to appreciate things about it that you have failed to notice before.

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Honeymoon 101: Do’s and Don’ts of Packing

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At last, you are finally a Mrs.

You have traipsed down the aisle of San Agustin Church, said your respective I dos, uttered your vows for each other, kissed your groom and toasted to the rest of what your future wedded life may bring. And now, here comes the fun and relatively most awaited part, the honeymoon. Chances are, amidst all the last minute wedding preparations, hubbub and hustle and bustle, you may have compartmentalized arranging for the preparations for your honeymoon, but now that the wedding is behind you, it would be a good idea to know what to do—especially when it comes to packing.

Depending on how long you and your new hubby are spending your honeymoon holiday, your packing essentials can be a multitude of varied articles and items. The items you pack would also largely depend on what kind of honeymoon trip you both are going to, but regardless of these two factors, there are some cardinal rules you should be aware of when it comes to packing. To make sure your first trip as a couple goes smoothly, and to assure that you have adequately packed for it, here are a few do’s and don’ts you ought to know when you begin packing.

1.) DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE

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This is probably self-explanatory, but most couples would put off packing until after the wedding. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you have at least a couple of days or a week before you go on your honeymoon, but most couples would already be travelling to their honeymoon destination a day after their wedding. If this is the case, it is best if you packed a week prior your scheduled departure as this will prevent you from leaving anything that may be important. This will also effectively prevent stressing you out before your scheduled trip.

2.) DO LABEL YOUR LUGGAGE

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This is imperative for any time that you are traveling. There is a big chance that someone else is going to have a similar suitcase to yours, and if you do not adequately mark yours with something unique, you might just end up losing your honeymoon luggage before even arriving at your destination. Deter other travelers from mistaking your bag as theirs by marking the outside with something unique so that you would not lose them.

3.) DON’T OVERPACK

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Your enthusiasm and excitement for your honeymoon trip may be boundless but that does not mean that you should over pack. Though it may be true to come well-prepared, there is no need to go overboard. Consider that big and heavy bags are a pain to travel with and are unnecessary more often than not. Travelling light would expedite your boarding process and would definitely make it easier for you and your spouse.

4.) DO MAKE PHOTOCOPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

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Passports, visas, ID’s and credit cards—make sure you have at least two copies of each. Bring one with you and leave the other behind so that should you ever lose anything essential to you such as your purse, wallet or have any of these stolen, you would still be well equipped with the information needed in order to get replacements.

5.) DON’T BRING BULKY TOILETRIES

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Necessary toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorants come in travel-friendly sizes, and if they do not, then it is best if you buy these only when you have arrived at your destination. Make sure it does not take up too much space in your travel bag and have them easily accessible so that it will be a breeze to transport it around.

6.) DO HAVE A DAYPACK OR BACKPACK

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This is a bag that is filled with essential items you would need for day activities such as city walking tours, hiking treks, beach strolling, etc. A backpack would conveniently store hefty items such as chargers, cameras and water bottles that would be easily accessible should you have this with you. Additionally, it is wise to keep important documents such as confirmations, reservations, and itineraries with you at all times.

7.) DON’T SPEND TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Disconnect from Facebook and Twitter for the entire duration of your honeymoon and spend this time to be closer to each other. The photos and witty messages you would want to upload can wait until the last day or when you get back. This is your honeymoon, immerse yourself in the moment and pay attention to your spouse.

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To-Do List of the Newlyweds

Gone are those days when you worry too much about wedding suppliers including florist, photographers, videographers and of course, Philippines catering provider. Now that both of you are back from your well-deserved honeymoon, it is time to get real. And start working on the post-wedding tasks that’s been waiting to be accomplished. These are the tasks that you should never put off.

1) Cleaning and storing the wedding gown

Wedding gowns must be dry-cleaned within six months after using it. Of course, the sooner is unquestionably the better. Commission a cleaning service that specializes in dry-cleaning gowns and dresses since they use the right detergents and other solutions. Make sure that the service is using acid-free tissues, for instance. Put it inside a box and store it in a cool and dry place. Make sure that moist will not penetrate the box.

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2) Sending thank-you cards

Thank-you cards should be mailed within two months after the wedding day. If you are going to send a lot, might as well divide the task with your hubby. For instance, let him do his side of the family and friends while you do yours. Print out addresses and return addresses on the computers, so that you can save more time handwriting these stuffs. Print them on sticker papers. Send all them once done.

3) Tackling registry returns

After finishing all the presents, what do you get? Three oven toasters, four flat irons, five rice cookers, etc. Wedding gifts must be returned within two months after marrying. Most stores are lenient in taking back gifts, but return policies largely vary including items that they can only take back.

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4) Finalizing the wedding album

Photographers and videographers give a maximum of six months for the newlyweds to select photos that will make it to the album and final edited DVD. Anything beyond that period will mean extra charges. Wouldn’t it be lovely to flip through the wedding album or pop in the DVD on your first anniversary? Just my two cents.

5) Changing your name (and address if needs be)

Sort of, officially! Ideally, changing ID names must be accomplished within 90 days after getting married. Change your IDs (including Social Security System (SSS), TIN, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, etc.), licenses and passport as well as other documents. Change beneficiaries as well especially on your insurances. Your company’s HR department can do this for you, but you always have the choice to get through the process so you’d know how it feels to sign your new name again and again.

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6) Distributing your new address

Sending a mass email is OK in letting your relatives and friends know of your new address. Alternatively, you can slip in a tiny moving announcement note on the thank-you cards. With this, you need not spend additional money for stamps. Bookstores sell pre-made moving announcements, or you can make your own using one of the printable templates online.

7) Figuring out your finances

Money talks are dreaded not just by the newlyweds, but also by those who are married for more than ten years or so. Hopefully, you had already talked about that even before you walked down the aisle. If not, you might as well bring up the topic with your hubby. What both of you prefer – merging single bank accounts into one account or creating a new bank account for you as a couple while maintaining your own respective accounts? Whichever you choose, this means several trips to the bank to accomplish the paperwork and to have the new ATM cards (and checks) made.

combining-finances-newlywedsEvidently, post-honeymoon is, in fact, the start of real work as a married man and woman. Whatever tasks you chose to accomplish first, remember that it is the culmination of your lives together as a married couple.

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