Courtesy of Josh Brentan
Here's a question: on a scale of one to ten, how excited are you to receive a toothpick holder as a wedding present? Negative three? What a coincidence! Me, too! I understand we're supposed to be furnishing ourselves for the future, but I also want some presents for the present!
Here's what I'd like (and I think you shouldn't be shy about asking for some of these yourself):
For the connoisseur couple: [Fill in the blank] of the Month Club. Coffee, beer, wine, books, chocolate—if you can think of it, there's probably a club for it. And even though it's twelve gifts in one, it only requires one thank-you note.
For the cultured couple: A museum membership, a season pass to a local theater, opera, or symphony. You've got a built-in date night for a year. Who says romance has to die when you get married?
For the collecting couple: A piece of art you've had your eye on at the gallery downtown. I recently met a couple who couldn't afford a piece that they were dying to own, and they decided to put it on their registry. Several friends chipped in to buy it for them and now they say it's the best wedding present they received. Certainly better than the soup bowls, anyway.
For the camping couple: A canoe to take you places you can't hike to on foot, his and hers sleeping bags, or a new stove to replace the one that got eaten by a bear on your last trip. Score extra points if you can make use of it on your honeymoon.
For the culinary couple (a.k.a., me and Erica): I've said from the beginning that the only thing I really want to put on our registry is a smoker. I know you can't use it together like you can with the other things on this list, but, well, it's my list. And besides, both Erica and the neighbors will benefit from the enticing aromas of hickory wood and brisket emanating from our backyard.
Well, that's what I would want. What about you?
—Josh Brentan, The Groom With A View
Check back every week, as BRIDES Magazine and our groom-to-be offer a peek into what the bride's other half really thinks about all the wedding hub-bub. So far he's written about what men really think about their fiancees' diets, mothers and sexual histories. Oh my!