10 most memorable wedding gifts

Do you remember your favourite wedding present? We asked real brides to share their most memorable wedding gifts.

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Whether your wedding was traditional or informal and whether it took place recently or many moons ago, what made your wedding gifts truly memorable was not their cost or where they came from, but the generosity and love that they represented. 

We spoke to several brides who were eager to share their most memorable wedding gifts and why they stood out from the pack.

1. Honeymoon registry

"The best gift we received at our wedding was that our friends and family fully embraced our wedding registry. Having lived together for several years, we didn't need household items, so we opted for a trip registry where people could choose to contribute to elements of our honeymoon, such as surfing lessons, a safari excursion, etc.

We were thrilled at the overwhelmingly positive response! Thanks to our friends and family, we were able to enjoy a three-week trip of a lifetime to South Africa that we will never forget."

-- Jennie, married six months, Ottawa

2. Long-lasting wedding gift

"For our wedding, my aunt gave us a beautiful pink wool blanket. It was very thick, and I knew it was very expensive. It must have cost at least $80, which at that time was a very pricey wedding gift. That was 30 years ago, and I still use it every winter."

-- Leah, married 31 years, Thunder Bay, Ont.

3. Wedding cupcakes

"One of my most memorable wedding gifts was my mom's best friend baking our 175 wedding cupcakes: Cherry chip, my favourite! She made them all by hand the day before the wedding and then drove for two hours the morning of -- and they were perfect. So much more personal than a store-bought cake."

-- Sara, married 1.5 years, Belleville, Ont.

4. Traditional wedding wardrobe

"One of the best gifts we received at our wedding was seeing our family from Sweden dressed in their traditional formal wear at the ceremony. Not only did they travel the furthest distance to attend, they made room in their suitcases for the outfits and committed to wearing them even though they included heavy coats for the men and it was a very hot July evening. We were so touched -- it really showed how important they considered our wedding day to be."

-- Jamie, married 1.5 years, Ottawa

More brides share their most memorable wedding gifts on page 2.

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