(Closed) British Wedding Gift: what to spend

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
153 posts
Blushing bee

To be honest, I don’t expect any gifts from my friends who are travelling from England to the US for my wedding.  The flight, hotel, food, etc. for them to come is gift enough.

However, if you do want to bring a gift, I think a gift card with a card is a great idea.  Ask around and see if they’re registered anywhere (I think it’s called a “gift list”).  If not, Amazon.co.uk does gift certificates too.  I would think that 25 GBP would be sufficient.

Oh, and if you love coffee, most hotels/B&Bs have tea kettles in the room to boil water for tea and coffee (which can come included).  Every penny saved helps!

Post # 4
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think an inexpensive but thoughtful gift would be appropriate. If you cook, maybe compile a few of your favorite recipes in a nice little recipe box. If you are crafty, maybe you could frame their wedding invitation for them. Soemthing small and sweet like that.

Post # 5
35 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

Give the bride a “bridal horse shoe”.  Look it up.  It’s a tradition over there. My husband’s family sent one to me. 

Post # 6
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I like the idea of making a recipe book. Let’s face it-everybody’s got to eat!

Post # 7
217 posts
Helper bee

Maybe a gift card to Marks and Spencer? I love that store! They have cute housewares.. 

Post # 9
10 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

Hi there… I’m a British Bride-To-Be marrying a Bermudian in the UK – so we are going to have a lot of out-of-towners coming in for it – and I don’t expect big fancy gifts from them! I love the idea of a hand-made personalized gift (if your friend loves cooking then then the recipe idea is fab!) Many couples here are registered at a store – which usually you can usually buy a gift on-line at from their wedding list – or a voucher…. 

As YSAP2M said M&S vouchers are always appreciated…. and Amazon too – they have some great homeware on there! I’d also be very happy to receive a local something from the guests hometown – especially if it was somewhere I hadn’t been too…

Hope this helps!


PS You’re right – the exchange rate sucks – but better for you coming here than us going to the US!

Post # 10
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree that a small gift and or card would be nice. John Lewis vouchers are also a good idea as an alternative to Marks and Spencer. Also, the exchange rate atm isn’t as bad as you think. £5 is about $7.50.


Post # 12
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

a few more ideas

1)  prepay for a taxi to get them to the airport for their honeymoon – or a small food basket at their honeymoon hotel

2)   prepay for an 8×11 shutterfly (or british equivalent) book

3)  a small piece of Nambe wear – theyre relatively flat and not easily breakable

4)  if you have any sewing skills – making an assortment of pot holders, aprons, dish towels, etc would be fun too

Post # 13
1490 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Something a lot of couples seem to neglect registering for and buying for themselves is cloth napkins. I’ve made it my go-to hostess gift. They don’t have to be terribly expensive and are easy to pack, lightweight, and all you have to do is tie a ribbon around them. I pick them up at a Crate and Barrel Outlet where they range from $1.50 to $3.75 each. It would be easy to throw in your suitcase.

Post # 14
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love the recipe card idea…but sadly I think everything would get lost in the translation. We don’t use the metric system, so I’m sure the conversion for things would just be “off” if I tried to do that. I like the gift card/voucher idea and/or something from my hometow.

I think it would be lovely to do a recipe collection. You could give it with a set of measuring cups and spoons, and on the front page do a conversion chart for oven temps etc.

I do lots of cooking (I am in the UK) and use American recipes all the time. I have a set of cups and find it easy peasy. I never convert things to metric as the measurements always go scew-wiff and are all a bit off. Cups are easy.

Just make sure you use recipes that use ingredients from scratch. On Allrecipes.com a lot of the cake recipes start with packs of cake mix that we can’t get over here. We also can’t get stewed tomatoes (although we get plenty of tinned/ canned tomatoes). Feel free to send me a message for more details about things like that.

I have given recipe books as gifts. I’ve emailed mum’s and put favourite recipes from when the bride was growing up, things that they always had at birthdays and holidays, plus some of my own.

Post # 15
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love the idea of a hand-made recipe book! Honestly, I don’t expect anything from my guests traveling far! It’s so expensive, a gift is just so much more on top of it. If you even write her a really lovely note I bet she’d appreciate that.

Post # 16
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like the recipe idea too and to avoid issue with the metric system… you could get a few cheap measuring cups and spoons (american style!)

My other suggestion would be something that is very “American” … something local to where you live that they won’t find just anywhere. For example, we are going to a wedding cross country (from CA to NJ) so we think because we paid our way, our hotel and other little things, that will get a nice but inexpensive bottle of wine for the newlyweds!

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