Wedding Season 2012 Arrives with Low Marriage Rates, High Desire for Selective Gifts; Elegant Linens, Luxury Bedding Boutique, Offers Gift Ideas to Suit Trend

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Wedding Season 2012 is here, but fewer couples are getting married. The trend this year is for both less traditional weddings and less traditional gifts. Elegant Linens, luxury bedding boutique, shares unique ideas for wedding gifts. Read on to learn more about what to get for a perfect wedding gift when the trend is for something fabulous and practical!

Summer is here, and along with it, the 2012 Wedding Season, which is showing trends unlike years past. First, with the US economy still sluggish, marriage rates are down. According to sites like LearnVest, only 51% of Americans are married, down from 72% back in 1960. This trend comes in tandem with a higher demand for non-traditional wedding venues ( notes that “ritzy ranch” venues are in) and non-traditional bridal gowns (such as those from offered from Punk Rock Bride). Weddings now, more than ever, are truly unique events. Elegant Linens offers great gift ideas for the to-be wedded couple that are both functional and thoughtful.

Weddings are blissful events, yet they can challenge gift givers due to their special nature. With the myriad of gift options available, coming to a decision on what to get as a wedding gift can be an exceptional challenge. Non-traditional weddings in the US are on the rise for a number of reasons, in part because people generally like to be unique, and partially because not everyone is interested in spending the US average of $30K (as numerous online sources indicate is the current amount) on a one-day event. Couples are finding creative ways to cut costs and are being more practical when it comes to what they are asking for on the gift list. The 2012 trends also suggest that if the couple does spend significant money on their wedding, they are spending those dollars more creatively – thinking outside the box!    

Along with the desire for a non-traditional wedding is the parallel desire of the guests to provide non-traditional wedding gifts. How does one determine what to get for a wedding gift? Elegant Linens suggests considering the couple's interests. Was their first date at a certain restaurant? Do they love fine wines? Keeping the couple's interests in mind will help focus one looking for just the right gift.

If one wants to consider the element of romance, consider creating a gift basket including a pair of placemats, coordinating fine napkins and napkin holders, candle holders and some lovely candles so the happy couple can set their table for a romantic dinner at home. Getting the newlyweds a cozy cashmere blanket or throw, embroidered with the couple's initials will provide them with years of cuddle-friendly hours on their comfy couch. See some of these luxurious throws at When thinking about the fabulous and useful, consider building a spa basket for the couple. Include a lovely set of monogrammed luxury robes, his and hers, that may travel with them on future vacations and may also be enjoyed any day of the week. Along with robes, one could add a set of luxury bath towels, soaps, and a gift certificate for a couple's massage or other soothing spa treatment. Boutiques like Elegant Linens will be happy to deliver luxury bath products that have been personalized for the bride and groom! Visit    

Of course, another fitting and romantic gift for a newlywed couple would be the gift of luxury bedding to help make their boudoir a haven of beauty and exquisite comfort. A fresh, new collection of luxury bedding for the master bedroom is a lovely way to help the marriage off to a fabulous start. Gifting luxury bedding is akin to investing in the couple's future, as luxury linens maintain their quality superbly over time. What could be better than providing a favorite couple with deliciously soft luxury sheeting they can curl up in, night after night? Add some luxury bedding essentials, like a lovely duvet with some plump, luxury down pillows, and the couple will have a luxury bed oasis to enjoy daily. Delicate boudoir pillows in accent colors may also be added easily to the top the bed and embroidered with the couple's new initials or wedding date to serve as a happy reminder of their wedding day. Fine bed linens are always welcome gifts.

Whatever one chooses, be sure to make purchases from reputable vendors that carry quality products and provide excellent customer service. When selecting luxury bedding especially, one wants to ensure that the product is pristine and that any additional touches, such as embroidery, will be completed to exact specifications. Elegant Linens, along with top quality products, offers their customers free shipping on purchases over $100. They will make the entire gift-giving process easy by beautifully wrapping gift purchases and including a hand-written, personalized card to accompany the gift.    

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