Around 44,230 weddings take place each weekend, and wedding season is all about celebration. But if you have a lot of nuptials to attend this summer, your concern about overspending may end up impeding your ability to have a good time. From travel expenses to formal attire, these special events can be a huge hit to your wallet. We understand how tough it can be to even find a wedding present that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing yet affordable. That's why we've compiled a few great gift ideas that the newlyweds will love and will fit almost any budget.
Under $20: A beautiful spoon rest or colorful coasters
Don't underestimate how important these items are for newly married couples! A spoon rest is a must in the kitchen and it never hurts to have more than one. Even though they're relatively inexpensive, people won't always buy them for themselves. And although many couples already own coasters, it often seems like there are never enough to go around. For either choice, decide on designs that fit their overall style, be it French country, nautical, or modern.
Under $50: A salad serving set or chip and dip platter
For the couple who loves to entertain, either of these options will be ideal. Ruffled two-piece salad serving sets (which include a large bowl and a set of salad servers) are incredibly versatile, durable, and attractive. A chip and dip platter is a really fun alternative to more traditional dishes and will be used for countless backyard barbecues and game days.
Under $100: A monogrammed serving tray
Want to make your wedding gift a bit more personal? Consider customized dishes, like serving trays, that bear the newlyweds' initials. You can even choose your color and typeface to fit their personalities. It's a thoughtful and special way to show you care. Plus, they'll use it for everything from casual brunches to fancy dinners. It's likely that they'd never think of this gift themselves, which means they'll be delighted with your creativity and consideration.
Under $150: A 12-piece melamine dinnerware set
If you want to go all-out and get the happy couple everything they need to start their new life together, you can't go wrong with gorgeous dishes. Melamine dinnerware sets come in all sorts of styles, from classic to contemporary and everything in between. That means that whether they'd be drawn to an eye-catching citrus pattern or would prefer white square dishes, you'll be able to find a selection that perfectly fits their tastes. And since they're long-lasting, dishwasher-safe, and BPA-free, your recipients will want to use them all the time -- not just for special occasions.
If you'll be attending a wedding this summer but are a bit stuck on what to give the newlyweds, consider useful and attractive dishware. For more great wedding gift ideas, check out our gifts and accessories section!