While we’re on the subject of great group gifts, I wanted to share with you one of my most treasured wedding gifts: a recipe compilation from most of the guests at our wedding put together by our very good friend. This gift is in the top five list of things I would grab if there ever were a fire.
And trust me: addressing, stamping, printing off instructions, folding, mailing, collecting, and then sorting sorting and mailing it off again is a giant gift in itself, before you even consider the cost of the recipe box or binder and postage!
It’s really nice not only to have recommendations of what to make for dinner from your loved ones, but they often suggest recipes that they already know the groom or bride loves! And it’s also nice, as it’s become quite rare these days, to see your loved one’s handwriting.
I decided to recreate this for a few friends getting married this summer. I chose Rifle’s traditional recipe box because I liked the vintage feel of it. I stole the wording from our gift and am including it below in case you feel like borrowing it!
Dear Friends and Family of BRIDE & GROOM,
I hope this letter finds you well and as excited for BRIDE & GROOM’s wedding as we are! BRIDE and GROOM will soon be receiving many new dishes, pots and pans, so I thought we should give them some ideas on how to use them. I would like to gather family and friends’ favorite recipes and organize them in a recipe box to SURPRISE them with at their wedding.
We are asking that you dig through your recipes to find ones that are your personal favorites, that you have made for BRIDE and GROOM, that they would enjoy making for a special occasion, or that they can easily whip together on a weeknight.
Enclosed is a recipe card and self-addressed envelope in hopes of making it easy to participate. Please feel free to send more than one recipe and / or to use your own recipe cards as long as they are 4” x 6”. Remember to include your name on the card so BRIDE and GROOM know whom to thank for the wonderful recipe!
Thank you in advance for your submission and it would be greatly appreciated if you could mail them by WEDDING DATE.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the wedding!
A Friend of the Bride and Groom
And best of all the clear pockets she put the recipes into are splatterproof! She also did some fun decorating!
Regardless of what format you go with, trust me when I say that this is one gift that everyone will adore! Also, on the subject of weddings, you might enjoy my past posts on groom’s gifts and wedding shower game questions.