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7 Ultimate Engagement Gifts To Make a Couple’s Wedding Planning a Breeze

Published Saturday, Apr. 10th, 2021

Taken from above, this photo shows wedding themed cards for an engagement announcement or 'save the date' cards. There is a pink card with gold lettering that says 'always & forever,' and one with a large jeweled engagement ring.
Give the gift of stress-free planning

Wondering what to give a couple for their engagement? A gift that simplifies the wedding plan!



The perfect gift  for a newly engaged couple is one that makes their life -- and wedding planning -- easier. 


Because getting married should be joyful, not stressful! 


Unfortunately, planning can (and does) get stressful. Especially for couples who have never been married before, when the process of choosing a venue, an officiant, who to invite, how much to spend, and what to wear, becomes downright overwhelming. 


The good news is that you can be the thoughtful, prepared friend they need: After you congratulate them with shrieks of joy and hugs, and maybe share a glass of wine or two to celebrate, you can give them a gift that will keep on giving… all the way to the wedding day. 


Several of these gifts are items we carry in our store, and were created by real wedding officiants who know just about everything there is to know about this whole wedding business... So we can recommend them with our whole hearts, as items we know have helped (many!) couples find the way to their perfect day. 


The others are wonderfully common-sense items that might be overlooked at first, but trust us when we say -- all of these gifts are thoughtful, yet practical, and will be greatly appreciated! 



7 Easy Gift Ideas to Help Engaged Couples Plan Their Wedding


1. Lucky in Love


Couples will love this book. First, the whimsical watercolor illustrations by Emily Isabella are stunning, and second, it’s filled with inspiring wedding traditions and rituals from cultures around the world! It offers detailed insight into planning a beautiful and personalized wedding ceremony, along with chapters on wedding folklore, superstitions, good luck charms, and beloved customs through history. Did we mention it’s GORGEOUS? 


Eleni Gage (an ordained AMM Minister herself!) was inspired to write Lucky in Love while she was Executive Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, when every couple she spoke with told her what they wanted most was a deeply personal wedding. This will help your favorite couple find theirs! 


It's available from our store with free shipping.



An interior illustration from Lucky in Love of a couple holding hands and stepping on a glass during the wedding celebration, by Emily Isabella, and the book cover, red with gold lettering



2. Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony 


This valuable guide gives couples the inside scoop on everything they need to know to plan a one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony. And it’s even written by a professional officiant with tons of industry insight, AMM Minister Amber Olsen! 


Amber guides them every step of the way, from wedding day logistics, writing their own vows, how and where to meet ideal wedding vendors, to obtaining and completing their marriage license – and more. Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony is truly a comprehensive and refreshingly practical look at creating a custom ceremony, from someone with years of experience in the business of making memorable weddings. 


Order your copy!

Photograph of the cover of Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony by Amber Olsen, a wedding planning guide for DIY couples



3. Will You Marry Us? Gift Box


Help your favorite couple propose to their perfect officiant, and make the legal side of things easier for everyone! This gift box is a clever way for couples to ask a friend or family member to marry them, while ensuring their officiant has the required credentials when it's time to perform the wedding.


It contains ministry credentials, any required government applications they might need (with instructions to fill them out, too!), a satin stole, tote, custom pens, and a copy of the industry-leading guidebook on how to perform ceremonies like a pro, Asked to Officiate


Learn how it works, or Order one from our store. 



Will you marry us? gift box for couples to propose to their wedding officiant





4. Handfasting: From Ancient Rituals to Modern Ceremonies


Explore the origins of ancient Paganism and learn how to incorporate the magic of handfasting into your own wedding or commitment ceremony.


This deep dive into one of the most exciting trends in weddings is inspired by love stories that reach far back into the misty origins of human history, when Druids and Priestesses dispensed esoteric wisdom, cast powerful spells, and magic and nature were one-and-the-same.


Written and illustrated by AMM’s own Jessica Levey, this book is full of whimsical illustrations, and carefully researched and crafted stories and imagery that are your ticket to your own adventure.


Order one from our store



Image is cover of Handfasting guide, with a night sky illustration, and two hands clasped with a blue ribbon



5. Notebook, Binder, or Box


Organization is a discipline, and definitely not one that comes easily to everyone. If the newly engaged couple needs some help keeping their thoughts -- and everything else -- organized, consider giving them a place to keep them! Just make sure it fits their aesthetic. 


We recommend a decorative planning notebook to write their thoughts in, a binder to slip magazines and forms into, or a wedding box to catch all the cheerful clutter that goes into wedding planning! 


If the couple is tech savvy and prefers laptops to notebooks, you might offer to set up their wedding website instead.


image of pencils and notebook to give as a creative and affordable engagement gift for wedding planning




6. Save the Date Cards 


Help the happy couple share their excitement with all of their friends and family by offering to create or make their Save the Date cards! 


You don’t have to be a wiz at graphic design or custom art to make this gift special. Choose a free template online, like one of these five beautiful options from The Spruce, to help you get started. 


examples of wedding invitations and save the date cards to give as an engagement gift, image of pink and gold cards




7. Engagement Cake or Cake Tasting


Yes, the wedding cake will be the star of the reception but that could be months away. Help them celebrate now with something sweet and delicious! Consider gifting a small engagement cake… or cupcakes, doughnuts, or macarons, or any treat most beloved by the couple! You can justify the sugar rush (which will definitely help with planning, btw) when this gift gives them a head start on choosing the flavors for their big day. 



image of a young woman with long hair holding a tray of decorative cupcakes to give as an engagement gift



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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