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Brilliant Wedding Pages February 23, 2004

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- Kamilah
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Engagement Gift Suggestions

One of the most common questions I am e-mailed is "What do you suggest for a proper engagement gift?"  Since this seems to be a very popular question, I thought I would write down my typical engagement gift suggestions for everyone to see and hopefully it will help you and others out!

Generally, engagement gifts are given by close friends and family of the bride and groom and therefore can range from expensive to less-expensive.  I will try and give you the whole range of engagement gift suggestions here.

$$$    $100+
$$      $50-$100
$        $0-$50

  1. Engagement Photo Session ($-$$$) - many couples like to take engagement photos in order to choose one to place in their local newspaper, use on a save-the-date card, or for their families to frame.  A great, but more expensive engagement gift suggestion would be to give the couple a photo session.  This could be at a local photographer's studio ($$$) or at a department store's portrait studio ($-$$) - ex. JC Penney's (make sure to look for coupons on their site as well!) or if you know of a good amateur photographer, you can arrange for him/her to take their picture ($).
  2. Picture Frame ($) - Since most couples choose to take some sort of engagement photo, it is always nice for them to have a quality picture frame for them to put their engagement photo in.  Here are some sites with inexpensive, but nice picture frames:
  3. Bottle of Wine or Champagne ($-$$) - A great engagement gift suggestion if you are going to an engagement party, since it can be shared by the couple right at the party or used for toasting at dinner.
  4. A Wedding Website ($-$$) - A wedding website is a wonderful engagement gift suggestion, especially if you are from out-of-town and either cannot make the engagement party or do not want to lug a gift cross-country.  You can purchase a gift certificate for all of's wedding website add-ons for just $75 or you can choose the price of your liking by only giving certain add-ons.  See an example wedding website or contact at for more information and ideas.
  5. A Wedding Planning Book ($) - All newly engaged couples need at least one wedding planning book as they embark upon the adventure of planning a wedding.  Here are some suggestions of helpful books:

Other extremely traditional engagement gift suggestions include anything for the bride's trousseau: pillows, quilts, sheets, blankets, towels, tablecloths, crystal, silver, etc.

I hope that helps you out as you think about an engagement gift for that special couple in your lives!

Best Wishes,
Kelly Kons

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