Inexpensive Large Wedding Gift Wrapping Ideas ~ Wrapping a large wedding gift so it is pretty does not have to be pricey using these easy inexpensive ideas!
Last weekend my husband and I attended a lovely wedding to celebrate the marriage of a lovely young couple. I know the bride Carleen quite well because I taught her many years ago when she was a student in Grade Two. She then came back about twenty years later but this time as a student teacher working in my classroom. I had the privilege of teaching her again!
It was while she was doing her practice teaching in my classroom that she met her future husband through friends. So it was also kind of neat to observe this relationship slowly blossom into something pretty special from the beginning.
I love how the wedding couple are now creating their own websites. It makes it so easy to learn about the couple and keep updated with all of the wedding details. I also love having access to their gift registry online. I can’t believe how much time it saved me to browse through their registry and pick out a gift that I knew they wanted and that was in my budget. I could even see that nobody else had purchased the gift yet and the store had it in stock. This was perfect!
But when I left the store carrying the gift I was having some second thoughts. Firstly, it was packed in a box but the box was quite large and bulky. Secondly, the box was quite heavy. Who knew an electric wok would be that cumbersome?
Then I started to think about how I was going to wrap the gift as I was driving home? It was going to take a couple of rolls of wedding wrapping paper and cost a lot to make it gift-wrapped worthy. I was also thinking about the environmental footprint I would be leaving because this was going to be a fair bit of paper that was going to be used for a little while to wrap a large wedding gift and then get tossed into the trash or the recycle bin.
I have to admit I did think of just giving the gift without any sort of wrapping and maybe just a big bow. But then I thought I would miss out on all of the fun wrapping and presenting the gift. So as I drove home I still concentrated on my driving but came up with some…
Inexpensive Large Wedding Gift Wrapping Ideas
Start with a theme or colour scheme in mind. This helps narrow down the possibilities and streamlines the decision making process.
I loved the colours Carleen chose for her wedding. She went with a teal/mint green colour. Isn’t that different? But it was so pretty. I attended her wedding shower a few weeks earlier and the same colours were used in the decorations. I snapped some pictures with my iPhone of the tablescape décor because it was so pretty. Carleen’s best friend Jessica who was also the Maid of Honour and bridal shower hostess created the decorations for the occasion. I thought it would be fun to personalize the wedding gift by wrapping it using colours that matched her wedding colours too!
Look for inexpensive alternatives to cover the gift. Who says you have to use gift wrapping paper to wrap a gift? My inexpensive alternative was to buy a roll of brown or white kraft postal paper that you typically use to wrap packages for mailing. Then I found an even larger roll of white kraft paper at Michaels in their gift wrapping aisle and with a 50% off coupon it was only $5.00. After wrapping this large wedding gift I even have lots leftover for future gift wrapping projects.
Embellish the gift with decorative or washi tape. I bought a tube of different types of tape again with a 50% coupon at Michaels for a different project that I will be sharing on the blog and had lots leftover. It is so easy to apply and there are so many possibilities as to how to decorate the large gift using this tape. I can honestly say adding some strips of decorative tape take a large wedding gift to a whole new decorative and personalized level!
Use tulle instead of ribbon! Since the package was quite large I thought typical gift wrap ribbon would be too narrow so I looked for an alternative. I sauntered down the wedding décor aisle at Michaels and stumbled upon rolls of tulle. I had my solution! It is now my new favourite for wrapping any size of gift. Tulle is so easy to work with! There is no fussing around trying to make that perfect bow with this soft wispy fabric material. By the way I used a double layer of tulle to make a bigger bow. It can also be saved and reused for other projects!
Personalize the large wedding gift with some hearts tied with butcher twine. I used black card stock to make four hearts. I wrote the names of the bride and groom as well as the words ‘Best Wishes’ on the hearts with a white metallic pen. This was tied to the tulle bow.
I love putting in the extra creative effort into wrapping the special gift for the special occasion. But I don’t want it to cost a lot of money. I can’t give a specific cost for how much it cost to wrap the entire gift. This is because I have a lot of paper and tulle leftover for future projects and I used items I already had bought for other projects as in the decorative tape, card stock and butcher twine. I can give an estimate and this gorgeous package only cost a couple of dollars to wrap using these inexpensive large wedding gift wrapping ideas!
I hope you are inspired for the next time you have to wrap a large gift for that special occasion. It does not have to be super expensive.
Just a few more beauty shots showing inexpensive large wedding gift wrapping ideas…
What ideas to you have? What is the largest wedding gift that you have given?
I also gave Carleen a Hand Stamped Silver Forks Wedding Gift as an engagement gift. In this post I share some photographs of another wedding my daughter was a bridesmaid in that took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I invite you to click on over to see these stunning photographs of another gorgeous couple taken by the photographer Candace Berry from Candace Berry Photography.