Gifts the Bride Actually Wants

With wedding season in full force, weekends book up with bachelorette parties, bridal showers and of course, the big day. If the constant wedding events are making your head spin, the last thing on your mind is what to gift the bride. She has her registry filled with kitchen gadgets and home essentials, but it often feels impersonal checking off another box on her registry. You want to give a gift that stands out — one that she’ll find thoughtful and useful and know it’s from you. That can be a tall order when you’re competing with 250 other guests trying to do the same thing. We went straight to the source and chatted with newlywed and Vera Bradley associate, Allison, to hear the details on the big day and what the bride actually wants.


job title: associate art director

proposal date: june 16, 2016

wedding date: april 22, 2017

her groom: george


How did he propose?

“He proposed while we were on vacation in Key West. He secretly had our families fly down as a surprise!”



What surprised you the most about your big day?

“I was surprised by how calm I was and that I didn’t get super emotional. We both were just excited and happy! I was also a little surprised by how smoothly everything went.”


What was something you wish you’d put on your registry but didn’t?

“We recently bought a house together, so I wish we had put more tools on there for all of the house projects we have going on.”



What was the best gift you received and was it on your registry?

“I got a massage from my coworkers, which was not on my registry. I loved this because it was very needed after the wedding planning!”


If a guest wants to give a personal gift for the bride, but is unsure of what to get, what would you recommend?

“A monogrammed tote with her new initials on it! It’s thoughtful, and she can use it both for and after her honeymoon”



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