Personalized wedding gifts, like wood cutting boards, are part of a long – very long – tradition of celebrating marriage via gift-giving. From dowries and bride prices, which started thousands of years ago, through the early 20th century launch of the gift registry, wedding gifts have been a way to show love and support for couples as they formally start their lives together.

Today, with people marrying older and many couples living together before marriage, traditional 20th century wedding gifts, from china to fancy toaster ovens, aren’t the only options on the gift table.

We, naturally, think personalized gifts like wood cutting boards are ideal wedding gifts – they’re fun, after all, and thoughtful and extremely useful. They also raise some questions about appropriateness and logistics. We are here with answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Whose name goes first?

This is the question we are asked more than any other – and there is no right or wrong answer! As far as we’re concerned, there’s no steadfast rule saying that the bride’s name or the groom’s name needs to be first (and today, as we see an increase in LGTB couples marrying, any old rule along those lines would be outdated, anyway).

But “there’s no right or wrong” isn’t much help, we know, when you’re trying to buy a gift.

Here’s something to consider: When referring to the couple, do people usually put one name before the other? If so, go that route.

If not – and we are “Kim & Mike” just as often as we’re “Mike & Kim” – think about which half of the couple you know better. Imagine their name first. How does that sound? Does it flow better if you flip the two?

If you’re really stuck, consider skipping the first names altogether and going with last name only. But a word of warning: Before committing to a last name only board, make sure you know the couple’s plans for last names.

Can you personalize without just using their names?

If the naming conversation has you stressed, or if you just want to do something a little different, there are ways to personalize a cutting board without using names themselves.

According to a 2014 survey by wedding website The Knot, 55% of weddings had a hashtag associated. They’re a fun way to add a little levity to the planning and certainly a convenient way to help guests organize posts and photos on social media. And they can be great personalized gift inspiration. After all, if the couple chose it, they must like it.

You can even personalize without any words at all. Our “storyboards” include cute graphic cut-outs that tell a story in images. Does the couple love winter sports? Go with skis. Are they sailors? Anchors are perfect. The images can be combined with words or exist on their own.

Which size and shape board should I choose?

Our boards come in several sizes and shapes, each of which has its own perfect use. While they’re all great-looking and functional, we find that the round boards and smaller rectangles end up serving more of a decorative role – sitting on a bar or counter, for example – while the larger boards are used for bigger kitchen projects or as serving trays.

But whichever size you choose, one thing’s for certain: it’s going to be a hit as a gift – and it will help the happy couple fondly remember their big day (and you!) for years to come.

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