Unusual wedding presents are a great way to give a couple in your life something that they will treasure and remember always.
If gift registries bore you to tears, and you simply wouldn't dream of getting someone a toaster or a set of bed sheets, don't despair. There are plenty of options for presents that are a little bit quirky and a lot of fun.
Very few couples will mind you venturing beyond the gift list. Believe me, you already know which are going to be upset if you do.
I put a whole heap of thought into a gift when I go to the wedding. If I'm important enough in someone's life to be included in their day, then I want to find them a gift that shows just how important they are to me.
Giving a personalised gift can make it a bit more special and memorable. If the couple likes to drink, then take a look at a personalised bottle of wine. There are also personalised wall hangings that look great in a garden, and can have the bride and groom's name on them.
Framed versions of wedding vows, toasts, or poetry also make lovely presents. A couple I know recently had a Japanese calligrapher write their names in Kanji on either side of the word 'love', they both had the image tattooed on their lower backs.
The same company will have the calligraphy put onto a canvas frame, which I thought could make an unusual wedding present.
If you are looking for unusual wedding presents then you should consider making something yourself. It may take a little time and effort, but the results can be spectacular. If you've got a talent, using it to create a beautiful gift will mean a lot to the recipients.
Maybe you are an artist, a woodworker, or a sculptor. Of course, gifts don't have to be tangible. You might write a song, a poem, or take a wedding photograph for the bride and groom. Another idea I have seen lately is decoupage furniture, made using photos of the bride and groom.
Art is an often overlooked gift, probably because most people consider it too expensive, or think that they don't know the couples taste well enough. The good news is that you can find great art to buy as presents that doesn't cost the earth.
There are plenty of unusual and undiscovered art geniuses about that would love to sell you an original piece of art. Try shopping at university galleries, or smaller galleries that are artist owned and run. The Internet is also a great place to find fantastic pieces of unusual art.
A personalised canvas is an unusual work of art that any couple will love. Morethanwords.co.uk offer a great range of artworks based on the written word, also NotOnTheHighStreet.com is also a favourite for unusual and individual art based gifts. A great choice of wedding presents is the canvas with a wedding and anniversary theme. It features the bride and grooms names, their wedding date, as well as a whole heap of other relevant words, very artfully and elegantly arranged.
As far as unusual wedding presents go, my favourite is the destination blind found at NotOnTheHighStreet.com. It's a black canvas with a list of destinations that you can personalise yourself. Make a list of the places the couple have visited on holiday, don't forget to add their honeymoon location, or some key locations locally that are meaningful to them!