In a study conducted last year reading weddings, the average number of people invited to these events has reduced by 10 per cent from the period of 2009 until 2016. On the other hand, the average cost that couples spend on each guest has increased from $194 and is now $245. These numbers are accurate. This is why the trend for gift giving has also changed. In an intimate wedding, it is now more common to see personalised wedding gifts compared to generic ones. The couples are also upping their game by giving gifts personalised souvenirs which is why the spending is higher compared to before.
According to the co-founder of Magic Bank which is an event planning site, Nic Rock, couples now prefer personalised guest gifts such as the wedding favors they give away. Some even go the extra mile and leave custom gifts at the hotels where the guests are staying.
Majority of these guests gifts are practical ones. Shirley Bosch, Design a Latte’s store manager, said that they have been receiving requests from couples who wanted custom koozies as well as glassware. They wanted items that can be used daily by the guests rather than a one-time product.
New Orleans is one of the top wedding venues in the country. This is why guests would love to receive gifts that are made locally especially if the invited party came from another town. It can be as simple as a map that indicates the favorite places of the couple all over the city.
Simple gift items can be made special through personalization and even the most common ones can stand out because of the personal touch. There are different levels of guest favors from simple to the most deluxe.
Bosch shared that they have a couple who ordered stemless wine glasses with votive candles. The names of the guests are printed on the front of the glass while the back served as place cards with wedding details.
With the effort made by these wedding couples, it is now surprising to see that guests are also opting for personalised wedding gifts which are worth of the occasion.