Every couple who walks into their wedding does so with the understanding that this will [hopefully] be the first—and last—time they do this. When the big day does arrive, everyone wants it to go off without a hitch. That said, weddings usually involve immeasurable amounts of stress and anxiety. As the husband-to-be, it’s your job to help ensure this day is as memorable (and stress-free) for your dearly beloved as possible. Let your lady know you’re grateful for her and can’t wait start the rest of your life together with these awesome wedding day gifts. This is how you score extra points on your wedding day.
A Framed Photo of Your First Date Location
Ahhh… The place that started it all. Whether you met at a dance in grade school, a secluded hiking trail, or at a Friday night frat house, that special first date location is a critical part of your future together. Take a stroll down memory lane and commemorate the beginning of one of the most important journeys of your life together with a framed photo of your first date location—especially if you can be the one who takes the photo! The more personal you can get with it, the better!
Record Your Wedding Vows Onto a Piece of Jewelry
Probably one of the coolest wedding gifts we’ve ever seen, these Soundwave Jewellery designs come precision laser cut, and are touched up by hand, by creator Danielle Crampsie. Essentially, on the big day, as your vows are being recited, someone records them. Those recordings are then sent to Danielle, who then precision cuts them into a piece of jewelry—maybe even your wedding bands—and ships them out. Recordings get lost, photos deteriorate, hard drives fry, but quality jewelry lasts forever.
A Handwritten Note
In a day and age where people communicate more through stupid little screens than in front of other actual humans, a handwritten note can mean far more than whatever words you scribble down in it. In between all the noise in the chapel, all the loud congratulatory talking, and all the hectic craziness going on around you, give your bride—the love of your life—something heartfelt to look over before the ceremony begins. Help keep her grounded and calm when things are frantic. Actions speak louder than words, especially on this day of days. Damn, that was poetic. **Pats self on back**
A Full Day (or Two) at the Spa With The Maid of Honor
Planning a wedding is perhaps one of the most stressful experiences of a person’s life. And if you’re anything like us, your bride probably did most of the hard work. She probably won’t necessarily agree to it willingly, but she’ll need a break from all the crazy stress. Take the reigns for a day or two and send her and her maid of honor to the spa.
A One-Off, One-of-a-Kind Vinyl Record With Your First Dance Song on It
Oh yeah, fellas. We pulled out all the stops for this article. If you want to see your bride’s heart literally turn to mush right before your very eyes, check out these made-to-order custom vinyl records from the folks at One Cut Vinyl. Sign and date it, and even include some kind of cute little note **cough cough** reminding her that this is the beginning of something very, very special. Feel free to throw some of your mutual favorite songs on the b-side.
A Card and Flowers Addressed to “Mrs. ________, My Wife” Left In Your Hotel Room
This one is simple and way easy to pull off. The execution-to-impact ratio here is huge, because people who are just married tend to get caught up in the rush of the moment. There’s a lot of adrenaline flowing while everything is happening, and it takes a few days for “forever” to really sink in. But a nice bouquet, coupled with a sweet and endearing card reminding her about what just happened will be a pleasant reminder to her that yes, this happened, and yes, it’s wonderful, exciting, and new. Leave it waiting for her at the hotel room, so when you both crawl into bed for the first time.
Fill Out the “What I Love About You” Book
If she likes cheesy, this might be enough to make her keel over and die—right there at the altar. The What I Love About You book is a fill-in-the-blank book geared toward helping you identify all the things you love about your bride. Checklists, short answers, and phrases—all to help you articulate every single thing you appreciate about the love of your life. If it sounds absurdly cheesy, it’s because it 100 percent is. It’s also the perfect gift.