It might be time to rethink the tradition...
While the days of gifting toasters at weddings are (thankfully) behind us, it seems we've replaced one tradition with another.
Nowadays, the tendency at weddings is to give cash – and while that can indeed be helpful for couples who have just splashed out on their big day, it lacks that personal touch and wow factor when celebrating the much-loved newlyweds.
So, if the general rule for gift giving is to pick something the recipient will use, enjoy and remember, then what gift ticks all of these boxes?
Well, one idea is a hotel voucher. And here's why.
It offers them a chance to unwind after the stress of the big day
The memories from a stay in a beautiful country house or hotel will long outlast a cash gift, and shows that you’re really thinking about them as a couple and their new life together.
And given the stress that goes into planning most modern-day weddings, they’ll most likely need it. You'll be giving them the gift of quality time, something you truly can’t put a price on.
Due to the time pressures and financial strain involved in planning the big day, many couples are opting for a mini-moon; a short staycation just after the wedding and postponing the big honeymoon until later on in the year. A hotel voucher will definitely help the happy couple relax and unwind after the celebrations.
Bayview Hotel in Ballycotton, County Cork boasts some of the most romantic views in the country, making it the perfect retreat for some alone time. Or if unwinding is a priority, Knockranny House Hotel and Spa or Woodlands Adare is beloved among regular spa-goers for its luxe offerings in tranquil surrounds.
It's a personal spin on gifting
Cash is impersonal and traditional gifts run the risk of gathering dust under the stairs for years to come.
Hotel gift vouchers, meanwhile, strike the perfect balance between the two; offering the happy couple the flexibility of choice, while also offering the incentive to take a trip that they might not have otherwise considered.
You'll help them to create new memories together
Let's be honest, the anti-climax that follows a big wedding can be fairly crushing. Having something to look forward to can be a perfect tonic for the post-nuptial blues.
This is the ideal chance for the couple to make long-lasting memories together and where better to do it than on the grounds of the stunning BrookLodge & Macreddin Village in Co Wicklow, or Abbyglen Castle Hotel in County Galway?
Set amidst the beautiful landscape of Connemara in the west of Ireland, the happy couple are sure to have a romantic getaway at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel - there’s a whole host of activities to keep them occupied, such as a hike around the famous Twelve Bens mountains, a round of golf, tennis and afterwards a rejuvenating relaxation session in their world-class leisure centre.
They can stay close to home
If they’re the kind of couple that’s time-poor and looking for a short getaway, they’ll still appreciate that one night’s rest and relaxation.
Dublin newlyweds will absolutely feel the benefit of a city centre getaway, rediscovering their city while enjoying each other’s company in Buswells Hotel on Kildare Street or Brooks Hotel on Drury Street.
And you can benefit from it too...
Even as a guest, weddings involve a lot of preparation and organisation – so you really don’t need the added pressure of going out and choosing a gift, wrapping it up and hauling it with you on the day.
Original Irish Hotels vouchers can be purchased with just a few clicks and downloaded instantly for printing or posted in a decorative gift box . They also offer the recipient a choice of 60 unique hotels across the country for them to choose from.
So if you want to give them something they'll really remember, look no further.
About Original Irish Hotels
Original Irish Hotels are a collection of unique, owner-run hotels, located in Ireland’s most outstanding destinations. Open the door to the magic of unmissable moments with Ireland’s leading collection of independent hotels.
Our 60 hotels are dotted around the entire island of Ireland in must-see locations, from the Wild Atlantic Way, to Ireland’s Ancient East, the Causeway Coast, Dublin and the treasured heartland of Ireland’s midlands and lakelands.
Irrespective of where our hotels are, Original Irish Hotels pride themselves in hosting a unique and truly memorable experience for our guests, and soon to be friends. The collection is made up of a range of traditional and boutique hotels, castles, manor and country houses, all run by locals, ensuring a unique experience every time.