Demystifying the World of Personalized Wedding Gifts

April 19, 2016 4 min read


A personalized wedding gift, like a wood cutting board, is 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, a personalized wedding gift has been a way to show love for couples as they formally start their lives together.

Personalized wedding gifts create lasting memories for the happy couple! Show them how much you care and offer custom wedding gifts with things like their names, initials, or the date and location of the wedding. Coming up with wedding gifts for friends doesn't have to be difficult — consider one of our personalized cutting boards!

overhead: personalized wedding gift cutting board with Dan&Taylor carved

Personalized Wedding Gifts 

Custom wedding gifts will show your friends or family just how much you care. Not only are they inherently thoughtful, but they'll also resonate with the couple's personalities, tastes, and shared moments.

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.

In a world where generic gifts abound, a personalized touch sets your present apart and communicates a depth of sentiment that words alone may struggle to convey.

We, naturally, think personalized wedding gifts like cutting boards are ideal  they’re fun, very thoughtful and extremely useful. Custom wedding gifts also raise some questions about logistics. We are here with answers to our most frequently asked questions, personalized wedding gift ideas, and more!

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Gifts for Friends

Selecting the right wedding gifts for friends requires a delicate balance of consideration and creativity. The first step is to understand the couple's preferences  their hobbies, interests, and the little quirks that define their relationship.

Quality is of utmost importance. That's why we can't recommend our personalized wooden cutting boards and lazy Susans. Boasting quality craftsmanship and materials, your gift will become a cherished keepsake for years to come.

What's more, the joy of giving a custom gift lies not only in the final product but also in the journey you take to create it (with us!). Watching your idea evolve from a concept to a tangible item adds one more layer of personal connection.

The Name Game: Who 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 on the personalized wedding gift.

a custom wedding gift cutting board with the names Steve&Alyssa carved

Ask yourself: When referring to the couple, do people usually put one name before the other? If so, go that route.

If not think about which half of the couple you know better. Imagine their name first on a personalized wedding gift. How does that sound? Does it flow better if you flip the two names?

If you’re really stuck, consider skipping the first names altogether and create a personalized cutting board with last name only. Or a last name + last name would work if the last names are short. Before committing to a last name wedding gift cutting board, make sure you know the couple’s plans for last names, will there be one last name or two? Once it's carved in wood it's there forever.

Does the naming conversation have you stressed? Try not using names at all. There are many other ways to achieve the perfect personalized wedding gifts for a couple. 

Other Personalized Wedding Gift Ideas

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 for inspiring personalized wedding gift ideas. After all, if the couple chose it, they must like it.

personalized wedding gift cutting board with a mountain cut out and the name Smith

Nicknames or a home address are two more ways to score the best personalized wedding gifts for a couple.

All of this to say, you don't technically have to use any words. Our “storyboards” include cute graphic cut-outs that tell a story in images. Mountains or anchors can be combined with words or exist on their own for a one-of-a-kind custom gift.

Personalized Wedding Gifts For Couple Frequently Asked Questions

What are customary gifts for a wedding? 

Food and kitchen-related items seem to reign! That's why our personalized wooden cutting boards and lazy Susans are both excellent choices. You ideally want to give the couple something that's not only meaningful, but also functional.

We also have plenty of kitchenware, bar accessories, and home goods to choose from if you want to upgrade your gift.

Which size and shape cutting board should I choose for custom wedding gifts?

Our wooden cutting boards come in several sizes, shapes and wood options. The most popular size for wedding gifts are our large or round board. The large board is great for bigger kitchen projects and our round board is a perfect serving tray. If they are both cooks consider getting each a personalized wedding gift with their name.

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

Why are wooden cutting boards a popular personalized wedding gift?

Thanks to their durability, natural beauty, and versatility. They can be customized with a myriad of different words or images. Engravings of the couple's names, wedding date, or meaningful imagery make them both functional kitchen tools and meaningful keepsakes!

Show Your Loved Ones How Much You Care

If a personalized wedding gift is the route you are taking, have fun creating. We guarantee it will be the couples favorite gift! Couples tend to remember the gift, and who gifted it more than any other.

Now go and personalize that wedding gift cutting board!

Kim Strassner
Kim Strassner

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