Among one of the many longstanding, nuptial-related conventions is the bride and groom wedding gift exchange on the day of (or bride and bride and groom and groom, of course!). 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 present 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 24 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 showing of affection. Or, play on the something blue tradition, like a small periwinkle clutch 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.
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: Nordstrom Rack, was $115, now $54.97
Kate Spade New York Jewelry Inspired Watch, 30mm
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
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 $70
Mrs. and Mrs. Ring Dish
Both the new Mrs.'s will need a secure spot to store their wedding bling. The heart-shaped charm can even be customized to up the sentiment factor.
SHOP NOW: Crate & Barrel, $9.95
The Impossible Collection of Wine
For the wine snob, go above and beyond a bottle of vino. Encased in a wooden crate, the luxe collection is the brainchild of world-renowned sommelier Enrico Bernardo.
SHOP NOW: Assouline, $945
Cathy's Concepts 'For the Couple' Etched Contemporary Champagne Flutes
That first sip of newlywed champagne will feel all the more ceremonial. Bottoms up.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $38
To Have, To Hold Card
Whether paired with another sentimental gift or on its own, use this stationery to pen sweet nothings to your future spouse.
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 him like XO, say it loud and proud through a wedding-worthy decanter.
SHOP NOW: Lord and Taylor, $55.20