Here Comes the Bride: Fun Gift Ideas for the Soon-to-Be Mrs.

First comes love, then comes marriage—but in between those are a myriad of engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. All the celebration and hoopla leading up to a couple’s big day mean plenty of gift-giving opportunities.

If you’re feeling stuck for gift ideas, here are some fun ways to add your own personal flair to typical registry items. And a tip: Don’t be shy about asking mutual friends to go with you on gifts, especially if you’re attending multiple events for the same couple. You’ll cut down on costs and get more creative input on gift ideas.

For the wine-lover: A gift basket with a pair wine glasses she loves, plus some bottles of her favorite wines for celebrating their “firsts”—their first anniversary, their first house, their first snow, their first Christmas, etc. Create tags for each of the bottles to specify the occasion.

For the foodie: Some miscellaneous kitchen items that she’s registered for, plus a gift card to a favorite restaurant for when the meal “doesn’t turn out quite right.”

For the practical bride: A laundry basket filled with her towels of choice (Make a cute animal with them!), detergent, dryer sheets, stain remover and fabric softener. If you’re sharing the cost, you could add an iron and ironing board for a complete “laundry theme.”

For sleepy Saturdays: A blanket or a few pillows off her registry in a gift basket that also includes muffin mix, coffee, tea bags and jam for a “breakfast in bed” theme.

For the bride who loves to learn: A few pots or pans of her registered cookware plus a gift certificate for gourmet cooking classes.

And one last idea that doesn’t involve her registry:

For the “always prepared” bride: A wedding day emergency kit. Include things like a small sewing kit, safety pins, a compact mirror, breath mints, list of vendors’ telephone numbers, deodorant, bobby pins, aspirin, toothpicks and 
drinking straws (so she can drink water without messing up her lipstick).

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