Being invited to a wedding is a way for the soon-to-be-married couple to show that they want you to be part of the beginning of their new future together. This is really a big deal, and you'd want to show your appreciation by giving them a wedding gift that they would truly appreciate. How? Here are some suggestions:
Give according to the personalities of the couple. Are they both fans of the outdoors? Of travel? Are they movie buffs? Whatever their interests, there must be some unique item that you could gift them which they would surely enjoy. If you're not too sure about their interests, you could ask their attendants or their parents.
It's the trend nowadays for engaged couples to create a wedding countdown website where they write about their history together as a couple, and their thoughts about their big day. Read through their website and find out which activities they are interested in - these should provide a clue as to what gift they would most appreciate.
Remember - a wedding doesn't necessarily equal traditional wedding gifts (i.e. pots and pans, glassware, etc). This is the time to think out-of-the-box: give DVD collections of movie greats (for the movie buffs), hiking gear (for the outdoorsy couple) or art supplies (for the painters). The point here is to give them a gift that they would enjoy together, to further strengthen their bond as a married couple.
Search through their bridal registry. Find out if they have a bridal registry. This is certainly a fail-safe way of deciding on what to give them, since you're looking through their specific wish-list.
Aim to help them start out. Remember: giving wedding gifts isn't simply about fulfilling a social requirement. Think of wedding gifts as a form of wishing the new couple a new life together, and helping send them off to a brand-new start. If you can afford it, why not give cash, or a gift check? This is especially true if you are particularly close to the couple.
Personalize it! Of course, not everybody could afford to splurge that much on wedding gifts. Don't be shy about giving ordinary items such as towels, matching mugs, bed covers, and the like. Give it a special twist by having these items personalized.
You could also give a big, framed picture of a beautiful image of them together (even if you're not that close to the couple, look through their Facebook page and have a picture of them printed). Other ideas include a personalized calendar that showcases a gallery of their images, a "wedding notebook" where they could record their first memories as a married couple, and a scrapbook you have personally put together. Here's a tip: if you can't afford to splurge, a personalized gift is always a cheap but very special option you can consider.
Scour the net for inspirations. Of course, the Internet is always a useful tool where you could get a lot of wedding gift inspirations from. Look at websites such as findgift.com, and bestweddingsites.com for other wedding ideas.
There you have it! These are some great tips to help you decide on which wedding gift to give on the couple's special day. Good luck, and happy giving!