Post # 1
I love to crochet, and in the past I’ve given crochet baby blankets for shower gifts, etc. But one of my bridesmaids just got engaged and I’ve started working on an afghan to give her at her bridal shower. I have not been asked to be in the wedding as of yet and she is a relative of FI’s, so while FI thinks that she just hasn’t gotten around to asking, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be attending as a guest (and am fine with that). Meaning, I’m not expecting to be chipping in on a bridal party gift for the shower.
My question is whether a handmade afghan is something you, as a bride-to-be, would appreciate, or whether you’d rather have something off of your registry. The couple already lives together and have established their home.
Post # 3
@LilySarah: preferably, I’d prefer something off the registry. I like blankets, but I doubt I would prefer that over something on my registry for my bridal shower. not saying I dont like afghan blankets, I just would find it somewhat odd to be given that as a bridal shower gift (still would be appreciative you even took the time to get my anything). although Im sure people will disagree.
Post # 4
I’m secretly hoping for something like that! I haven’t told anyone but I would love what you said or a quilt or something.
I’m also what people call artsy, and an art major, so that might have something to do with it.
Post # 5
IMO bridal showers are the time to give special items so an afghan would be fine with me. I got so many registry gifts throughout our wedding (which was great), but because of that, the few things we got that were hand made or where someone made an effort to go off registry and buy something truly special, were my favorites.
Post # 6
My grandmother used to make us afghans and we have 2 at our house right now. I would be so honored to get one as a gift, especially from family, but only you know the bride.
Post # 7
@LilySarah: I would love a neutral bed-sized afghan myself. Something handmade and fabulous would be great so long as it blended easily into any aesthetic (hence a neutral colored afghan and not a king-sized purple, yellow and green one).
Post # 8
I personally prefer items off my registry.
I received a few hand made gifts and while I appreciate the thought and gesture, I really have no use for these items. These gifts do not suit my taste and do not go along with the color scheme of my house.
I basically have these items in a closet and plan on pulling them out when necessary (like when the gift giver visits)
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I would really love that, as long as you choose a color / style that fits me. (So, like not neon pink or something.)
Post # 10
It looks like a lot of you would appreciate something homemade, but a few aren’t into that kind of thing–which is completely understandable, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
But I’m glad I asked and that it seems that a lot of people would be pleased. An afghan is a big undertaking. It’s a lot more expensive than many people think – it will cost me close to $200 to do this — and of course there are countless hours involved.
Based on the responses, I’m thinking I will continue the project. The bride is generally a very sentimental person, and I do think she would appreciate it (the color is a very soft green that I’m certain she will like).
But the pro-registry bees have got me thinking that maybe I will ALSO buy something off the registry when the time comes…. that way I can cover all my bases and make sure she gets something that she definitely wants.
Post # 11
I knitted a friend of mind a bedspread for her shower and she went wild for it. I think a handmade gift is usually appreciated and loved.
Post # 12
I would absolutely love it! My aunt is making us a quilt as a wedding gift, and she’s letting us pick out the pattern and color scheme. I’m super excited about it.
Post # 13
I think a handmade gift at the shower is nice, and a registry gift for a wedding present. Just make sure the afghan’s colors and style match the bride’s taste… Perhaps by checking the registry to see what types of things she likes.
Post # 14
I would love one as long as it was in a neutral color, and (hopefully) long enough. I am 5’9″ and standard afghans don’t cover me from feet to neck. I wrap up in one almost every night and my cat prefers one side over the other because of the difference in texture. The ones I have made myself have always been on the extra long side.
Post # 15
Anytime I receive a handmade gift like a quilt or afghan, I treasure it, knowing the love, patience and hours of work that went into it. I think it’s a beautiful gesture and the bride is lucky to have such a thoughtful gift coming her way!
Post # 16
I think that a handmade gift is a great idea, I agree that it should be a neutral colour, though.