5 Awesome Gift Ideas for Brides & Grooms Who Already Live Together

They’re the gift ideas for the couple who has everything – except for a marriage license. But what do couples put on their gift wish lists who have been living together for years and thus, don’t need to set up a household from scratch like traditional newlyweds? Here are a few suggestions…

## 1. Gift Certificates

The couple might be more interested in something that lets them have or do what they want rather than settling for home décor items they may not really need. Gift cards to a home improvement store offer a chance to catch up on repairs or help pay for a new renovation project. Loved ones can contribute something the couple may not have been able to afford on their own.

## 2. Something for the Honeymoon

A nice set of luggage from a site like Wayfair.com will set the couple off in style for their romantic honeymoon. Another option, if you know where they are going ahead of time, is buying them an experience while they’re there. Sites like [HoneymoonWishes.com](http://www.honeymoonwishes.com/) let couples register for fun activities to do on their honeymoon.

## 3. The Gift of Food

In the same spirit, who doesn’t enjoy the opportunity to have a nice meal at a favorite restaurant or somewhere new in town? A service called [FoodRegistry.com](https://www.foodieregistry.com/) allows your guests to chip in to purchase certificates to a variety of restaurants. Upon registering, you choose the restaurants, the type of cuisine, or the area of town that you prefer. Guests can contribute a certain amount to the same restaurant, which can add up quickly for a larger certificate or multiple visits. This service is currently available in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Chicago and San Francisco, but people in other areas could consider buying restaurant certificates individually.

## 4. A Nice Upgrade

Couples can also use the occasion to get a new look for their current household items. If they combined households years ago, they may never have had the chance to choose towels or dining sets together. It’s also possible they’ll register for something they’ve liked the idea of but never purchased. Maybe a cool new kitchen appliance you’ve heard them discussing or a new Keurig coffee machine to replace the drip machine they’ve used for years.

## 5. Money

Rather than complicating the gift-giving process with all sorts of stuff from different places, [WeddingRepublic.com](https://weddingrepublic.com/) allows couples to create a wedding registry specifically for cash. Guests can make secure online donations, and the couple can use the money to purchase exactly what they want. Saying “here’s one place where we’re registered” is also much more polite than saying “cash only please.” Guests can let the couple “cash out” or create a printed certificate of donation they can bring to the ceremony or reception. There are lots of options when it comes to wedding gifts…even if the couple has lived together for years! And it’s not just retail stores that offer registries. A site called [SimpleRegistry.com](http://www.simpleregistry.com/) allows couples to put anything from anywhere on their lists. It could be products from different stores or even services, such as classes or activities. Guests can chip in to make pricier items on the wish list come true, and also add items to the list with the philosophy of, “I saw this and immediately thought of you!” If the couple likes the idea, they can approve it and add it on the official registry. **So whether you’re shopping for the couple that already has everything, or you’re getting married to someone you already live with and are trying to register, this list should be a great start!**

5 Customized Gifts Your Bridesmaids Will Love

They’re your best friends, and they’re seeing you through one of the most joyful (and stressful!) days of your life. Of _course_ you want to thank your bridesmaids with special gifts. However, finding a gift to please a diverse group of friends can be a challenging task, though certainly a fun one, too, if you’ve got a little creative flare. Let’s take a look at 5 great gifts you can easily customize to fit your unique bridesmaids and check one more thing off of that long wedding planning list!

## 1. Wine Glasses

You’ve shared many nights swapping hilarious stories—or consoling each other—over a bottle of wine. Why not pay tribute to your oenophile habits with cute customized wine glasses? If you’ve got an artistic flare, you can make your own with glass markers in your wedding colors, or buy a set like the pair above from Etsy. Customization doesn’t have to stick only to your bridesmaids’ names. Paint flattering photos of your bridesmaids onto a [wine flute](http://pinterest.com/pin/142918988147359582/) so you can all quite literally cheers each other the next time you gather for a gab fest. If you’ll be exchanging nuptials at a winery, take this idea even further with a bottle of wine as well, with the added touch of a [parchment label with a personalized note](http://pinterest.com/pin/86764730293103525/). This way, after you tell your bridesmaids how much each one of them means to you, you can just pop the cork, fill up your cute wine glasses, and celebrate.

## 2. With the Bride T-Shirts

You already know your bridesmaids are your private entourage. Let the world in on the secret with customized t-shirts like the one pictured above, which designate entourage members and the bride herself and feature numbers that spell out the wedding date on the back. You can stick with a similar theme when creating your t-shirts or switch it up to spell out an inside joke only you and your besties will know. Stick with one color, or give each bride her own. Use a site like [BlueCotton](http://www.bluecotton.com) to create your t-shirts in a custom design studio, allowing you to choose from a range of images or upload your own. Just think: This could be your chance to upload a goofy photo of your friends onto a t-shirt and force them to wear it in public (just kidding…sort of).

## 3. Monogrammed Jewelry Bags

For an elegant and useful gift, a simple and stylish monogrammed jewelry roll is the perfect way to go. You can even fill it with your bridesmaids’ favorite makeup or the makeup they’ll be wearing for the wedding. To make it even more personal, find a seller who’ll integrate a photo of you and your friends [right onto the bags](http://pinterest.com/pin/364650901048897384/). Or, give each bridesmaids a makeup bag in [their favorite colors](http://pinterest.com/pin/516717757216232198/). This gift is well paired with customized jewelry, whether you go the classic [birthstone route](http://pinterest.com/pin/80150068341155653/) or try something more creative like a [pearl necklace with your bridesmaids initials](http://pinterest.com/pin/121526889915651213/) or [antique color coded keys.](http://pinterest.com/pin/559290847444083235/) Really, you can make just about any object fit, as long as you can string it through a chain!

## 4. Robes

You know how, when you were single, the most fun part of a night out was getting ready with your girlfriends beforehand? (Hey, that’s probably still true now that you’re playing wing woman, too). Your pre-wedding makeup and hair routine will be much more fun when you’re all wearing monogrammed robes everyone can take home. Choose from a variety of styles and prints, from print to cotton, patterned to bold colors. There’s nothing better than having a fun and comfy outfit for getting ready with friends! (Well, maybe getting married…)

## 5. Paintings

_You_ know your bridesmaids are unique characters. Celebrate that fact with stylized portraits, like the ones pictured above. If you’ve got an artistic touch, you can paint themselves, or find yourself a painter on Etsy to do the deed, especially if you want to take a unique approach. You can also have photos of your friends printed onto canvases, with fun filters passed through to make them stylized.

## In Short

There are far more ways to get creative and customized with bridesmaids gifts than just this, but these will certainly get you going. What ideas do you have for making your bridesmaids feel extra special? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Useful Favor Ideas for Fall Weddings & Other Autumn Events

Choosing favors for your wedding or any other event can be a difficult task, and a lot of weddings offer the same old things that no one ever ends up using. On the heels of last week’s post on [fall wedding theme trends](http://theplungeproject.com/trends-fall-wedding-themes), I wanted to share a few of my favorite favors for fall that are not only a little different, but also very useable! So whether you’re planning for fall nuptials or simply hosting an autumn get-together, these favors are sure to satisfy your guests!

## 1. Brownie Favor Pops

I’m a huge fan of cake pops…or really anything on a stick for that matter…but I haven’t yet been able to truly master them at home. If you’re like me, you’ll be happy to know that Beau Coup actually sells these delicious little brownie pop favors in a variety of designs and colors! Add a cute little gift tag matching your event decor, and you’re ready to let your guests enjoy this treat.

## 2. Hot Sauce

hues like oranges, rusts and browns are ultra popular for fall, so why not supplement an organic color scheme and add a kick to your reception with personalized hot sauce bottles for your guests like these offered on [the Knot](http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-4105853-10750930)? If you want to give your guests something they’ll definitely use, going with an edible favor like hot sauce is totally the way to do. After all, it _is_ football season!

## 3. “Fall in Love” Wine Bottle Stopper

What better way to dress up your favorite bottle of wine than with the rustic and warm tones of this copper fall leaf wine bottle stopper from Beau Coup? ! And since each favor comes packaged in a clear gift box with a festive fall motif with a matching copper organza ribbon and printed “Fall in Love” hang tag, they’re ready to go…no “assembly” required!

## 4. Custom Candles

I’m not sure why, but a nice, scented burning candle just reminds me of fall and the upcoming holiday season…which is why I think it’s awesome that [Yankee Candle](http://www.yankeecandle.com/) offers personalized candles (with custom photo labels) for wedding favors! Choose your candle scent — _I’m really feeling flavors like Vanilla Satin and Cinnamon Stick for the season _– and they’ll make a custom “branded” candle for you and your hunny’s special day!

## 5. Cheese Spreader with Wine Cork Handle

Everyone who entertains needs a nice cheese plate and spreader, so why not give your guests this lovely little item from Beau Coup as a favor? Packaged in autumn shades, this works perfectly for fall nuptials and autumn get-togethers alike!

**What other great favors are you feeling for fall?**