Among one of the many longstanding nuptial-related conventions is the bride and groom (or bride and bride and groom and groom, of course) wedding gift exchange on the day of the big day. This may not be on every couple's agenda, but it's one more little gesture of love (and a nice nerve reducer) before you and your soon-to-be-spouse exchange vows.
And, even if you've already overextended your wedding budget (it happens to the best of us), you don't have to fork over an engagement ring's worth of moolah to make your gift count. In fact, some to-be-weds even map out strict price limits for the exchange beforehand to keep it within a reasonable confine. It's truly all about the sentiment, even if the gift is something that can't be used until after the wedding.
With that being said, we rounded up 20 of the best wedding present ideas for the day-of gift exchange with your partner. For the bride, you can never go wrong with an extra touch of jewelry, which she can choose to sport down the aisle. We're especially enamored with EF Collection's subtle "Love" ring for a heartfelt show of affection. Or, play on the something blue tradition with a small periwinkle bag that's big enough to house her day-of necessities. As for the groom, finish off his wedding ensemble with a crisp pocket square from The Tie Bar, or sleek shades for an outdoor celebration. If he's more the nostalgic type, matching coffee mugs, courtesy of UncommonGoods, might be more on par. Or, perhaps the music buff will get a kick out of high-tech headphones for your honeymoon travels.
Either way, there's something fit to match any budget and style. Starting with ladies first, scope out our top bride and groom wedding present picks.
Lexie Stud Earrings
A day-of jewelry gift is always a safe investment, especially with a set of studs that feel glamorous without going overboard.
SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $40
Syd by Sydney Evan 14K Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Diamond Horseshoe Bracelet
Lend your soon-to-be spouse a little luck on your big day, courtesy of a horseshoe charm bracelet. A diamond accent also makes the accessory feel more bridal.
SHOP NOW: Sydney Evan, $125
Kate Spade New York Jewelry Inspired Watch
Reverse the watch-groom-gift stigma for an equally enticing jewelry present for your spouse. Even if she decides not to sport it during the wedding, it's still a striking accessory worth having around.
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $250
Personalized Champagne Wedding Vase
This custom champagne bottle doubles as a vase and a wedding day memento, so she gets the best of both worlds.
SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $75
Cathy's Concepts Monogram Heart Keepsake Box
Lend a piece of your heart with a small (but mighty) present she can use to store jewelry, trinkets, etc.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $10
EF Collection 14k Gold Diamond Love Ring
Show your infatuation for your future bride with this "Love" ring. The jewel's small enough to avoid overpowering her engagement ring, but sparkly enough (holy diamonds) to feel wedding worthy.
SHOP NOW: EF Collection, $725
Estée Lauder Beautiful Belle Eau de Parfum Spray
A flattering perfume bottle can hardly do her looks justice, especially on the wedding day, but it's a scent in the right direction.
SHOP NOW: Lord and Taylor, starting at $75
Personalized Stainless Steel Cigar Case and Flask
Commemorate the big day with a two-in-one gift, designed to fit both a cigar and a bit of booze. Wedding worries, who?
SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $32.95
Cathy's Concepts XOXO Wine Decanter with Wood Stopper
If you love your spouse like XO, say it loud and proud through a wedding-worthy decanter.
SHOP NOW: Target, $50.99
The Impossible Collection of Wine
For the wine snob, go above and beyond a bottle of vino. Encased in a wooden crate, this luxe collection is the brainchild of world-renowned sommelier Enrico Bernardo.
SHOP NOW: Assouline, $995