Beyond registries: Unique wedding gifts


Photo Illustration: Victoria Harjadi/Iowa State Daily

Unique Wedding Gifts. Photo Illustration: Victoria Harjadi/Iowa State Daily

Lindsey Schwarck

From bridal showers to the big day, there are several gifts to buy for the bride- and groom-to-be. Think beyond bridal registries and give a gift as fun and exclusive to the new couple.

Custom cake toppers

Many online boutiques sell customized wedding cake toppers to suit the unique couple. Not only can you choose the body, face and hairstyle, toppers can be made to reflect the bride and groom’s personality. From sports buff to pet lover, the pair will love your creative gift and guests will find it a hit at the wedding reception.

Anniversary journal

Help the newlyweds keep track of the all major milestones from their first anniversary to the 50th. Couples can record parties, gifts or memorable date nights to look back on for years.

All about the wine

The bride and groom have just received 15 bottles of wine through showers and receptions — now what? Miniature wine cellars or unique bottle racks are a great way to help them organize their growing collection.

Personalized stemware also is a great gift. Whether it is the couple’s name and wedding date, a quote, or even pictures of the duo, engraved wine glasses are both useful and classic.

Sheri Keigan, owner of Cyclone Awards & Engraving in Ames, has 15 years in the personalization business. The team at Cyclone Engraving customizes many wedding gifts, including beer mugs, shot glasses and cake servers.

“Wine and glasses are popular gifts. We also have a wine set that includes a corkscrew, stopper and bottle cutter. It engraves nicely and makes for a personalized gift,” Keigan said.

Complete the set with coasters or wine glass charms. They’re sure to invite you over for a party!

DIY alert! Personalized wall art

Find elements in nature or architecture that take on alphabet forms. For example, a scrolled gate may look like the letter “S” or the Campanile could be “I.” Take unique photos to spell out the couple’s last name and frame the custom-made gift.