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Look for Ways of Blessing a Marriage – Your Own or Someone Else’s

Catholic Wedding Edition Bible

Catholic Wedding Edition Bible

The Bible is God’s preserved and perfect Word for mankind. It teaches truth for all of life; how to be young, how to be old, how to parent, how to work, how to treat others and how to be married. In fact, the Bible holds up marriage as a picture of Christ and the church. It is, indeed, an honorable estate. While every Christian will not marry, a large majority will. And when they do, the church should look for ways to help, bless and encourage so that the union truly does reflect the relationship Jesus has with His body.

Here are a few things you can do to bless a marriage:

1. Frame and Display the Wedding Certificate
This promise that was made before a group of witnesses was made not only to one another, but to God. Celebrate the three-way contract by keeping its record in plain sight. Framing the marriage certificate and placing it in a beautiful frame makes a great wedding gift or a pledge to one another that this is a serious and permanent commitment.

2. Prominently Display Verses That Encourage Marriage
Blessing a marriage can be as simple as reminding one another how God views marriage and what He calls you to in marriage. Framed verses like the following work well:

1 Corinthians 13…Love is patient, love is kind….

Mark 10:9 What God has joined together let no one separate

1 Peter 4:8 Love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love

3.
Hang a Wedding Wall Cross
Look at the Christian bookstore for a wedding wall cross. These crosses come in many different variations and can unite the bond of marriage with the love of Christ in a clear and visual way.

4. Buy a Wedding Edition Bible
Want a great reminder to spend time together reading God’s Word and look there for His guidance in marriage? Purchase (or give as a gift) a wedding edition Bible as a beautiful reminder of God’s blessing for a marriage.

5. Formal House or Marriage Blessings
Blessing a marriage can be beautifully demonstrated by posting the words to a home or marriage blessing. Consider these words from an Irish wedding blessing:

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase
…May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
and your hearts joined forever in love…

It’s become customary to provide paper and pens during the reception so that wedding guests can give marriage advice. That is a great idea. But, it’s the day-in, day-out challenges that take a toll on marriage. The best way of blessing a marriage is to look for ways that keep the powerful Words of God at the forefront of every day. For any of these gift ideas and more, check out The Printery House online. We offer many ways you give can a gift to bless and encourage those who are married.

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Choosing the Right Catholic Gifts for Newlyweds

Finding the perfect gift for newlyweds that are special to you can be difficult. You want it to be sentimental but sometimes it needs to be practical too. You also want it to be personal, something that will make them realize how much they mean to you. Choosing Catholic gifts adds a whole other layer of thought because you want the gift to provide religious inspiration or recollection while still making them feel important and special to you personally. When it comes to searching for the right gift for newly married couples in your life, sometimes the simplest gifts are the most memorable.

Newlyweds are about to embark on a beautiful, rough, spiritual journey together and they will need all the love and guidance they can get. For this reason, gifting them a couple’s Bible is a good start. Find a book that accompanies the Bible, a book that will allow them to study the Word together. This gift is both meaningful and heartfelt, as it helps the couple learn to start their lives as one in a spiritual sense as well as a worldly sense.

When it comes to home decorating, newlyweds often don’t receive a lot of Catholic gifts that they could display in their home. A personal gift from you could be just what they need, be it a beautiful religious figurine of some kind, a decorative cross for the wall, or a special framed painting with Christian art or a verse. Little knick knacks like this will make their house a home and remind them how loved they are by the people like you in their lives.

Sometimes, practical gifts are a smart go-to as well. If you want to be sure you’re still giving Catholic gifts to the religious couple you know and love, there are a lot of products that weave religious images and verses in. You could buy them a set of mugs with Bible verses printed on them, or a set of cuff bracelets with important words like faith, love, or hope engraved on them. Giving them something they can use or wear often means that you will be on their minds a lot and that they will always remember how loved they are, even when they’re doing little tasks like sipping from a coffee mug in the morning.

Lastly, you could pull out all the stops and give them Catholic gifts that are sentimental and deep-rooted. Give them a music box filled with special trinkets, a tapestry they could hang on their wall, or a framed copy of an important piece of scripture, like the Apostles’ Creed. Gifts like this will become staples of their walk with the Lord together and be a constant reminder that you are praying for and supporting them every step of the way.

At The Printery House, we want every gift you give to be a meaningful one. That’s why we carry products that mean something, products with a backstory you can hang your hat on, the story of your faith. Newlyweds are important to us because they are the couples that stand up together for a common cause and aim to make the world a better place as one unit, and we have just the gift for this special couple in your life.

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What Can a Wedding Cross Say to a Couple About Faith? Plenty

Wedding Wall Cross

Wedding Wall Cross

A study recently published from the University of Texas explores how faith plays a part in marriage, and comes with some surprising findings.

Three authors looked closely at rates of divorce across couples who associated with either Catholicism or Christianity, in addition to another study that looked at how regional perspectives on marriage may impact a couple’s wellbeing in conservative versus more liberal states. They concluded that factors like higher levels of cohabitating (based on decisions to forgo marriage) had a higher impact in more liberal states and could impact the actual divorce rates, even to the level of making liberal states appear to have lower divorce rates than conservative states.

A related study shows strikingly different results. Published from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the study says that married men and women who had regular attendance at church as one of their activities were 34 percent less likely to experience divorce than those couples who didn’t attend church. For Catholic married couples, the results were much higher – 76 percent were concluded “less likely to divorce” as compared to other couples.

Even more, researchers concluded that actually attending church together seemed to make a bigger difference toward lowering divorce rates than did a couple merely having a religious “affiliation”.  For younger couples, the study suggested that if they are “on the fence” about religion, it may become an area of trouble in the marriage because they don’t receive the support and positive outcomes of having a stronger church community – yet they are still influenced by religious ideas. Other couples cited said that church members’ support helped them manage tough times on many levels and may have also helped save them from divorce. (A great reminder of how faith-filled gifts, like a wedding cross or a devotional, can have a genuine impact as a couple journeys through their lives together).

If you’re thinking of attending a wedding or sharing a gift with a special couple, consider a handwritten note of advice that lets them know you’re there for them and on their side as they go through the ups and downs of marriage. You may also consider a wedding cross as a gift because it can serve of a lasting reminder that sharing the same love for Christ and the support of a church congregation can be a wonderful source of inspiration, peace and comfort. Find unique wedding crosses and beautiful hand-designed cards at The Printery House, where cards have been printed on-site for more than 60 years.

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Five Myths About Wedding Gift Giving, and Ideas for Blessing a Marriage

Love One Another Wall Art

Love One Another Wall Art

A wedding is truly a sacred and meaningful event, and part of God’s plan according to the scripture “It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.” Although wedding styles have changed, ranging from destination weddings to large-scale formal affairs, one thing is true – you, as a guest, can take part in blessing a marriage with your support if it, your presence and a special gift you may give the couple.

While many couples may have a list of towels and cookware on a department store registry, you have an opportunity to give the bride and groom something they can treasure. Here are some points to consider the next time you’re searching for what to give a bride and groom:

1. Myth: I should find something expensive from their registry.
Fact: Many times, these gifts are either purchased by the bride and groom themselves with wedding money, or are added to the registry as a “maybe we’ll get it” kind of item. Don’t feel pressure to purchase based on the dollar amount. Instead, try a customized or personal gift like a special frame or devotional. Many times these are the gifts they’ll remember.

2. Myth: I have to bring a gift to the wedding.
Fact: There’s no gift requirement. In fact, a beautiful handwritten card or letter expressing your wishes for them might be just the thing. Try a card with a story, such as a religious greeting card from The Printery House, a monastery set in northwest Missouri. The cards are made on-site by monks and artists.

3. Myth: The gift, if I get one, has to be brought to the ceremony.
Fact: You can appropriately send a wedding gift for blessing a marriage up to six months (or more!) following the wedding. This might be a fun surprise, or a way to see which items the couple truly needs as they establish a home.

4. Myth: It’s impersonal to send a gift to them by mail.
Fact: More and more guests are ordering, paying and shipping right from their computer, and it’s easy for the couple to exchange or return if needed. It’s completely appropriate to send it from an online source, and you can find many personalized items, such as decorative wall art,available from online Christian stores that are specially-geared toward these occasions.

5. Myth: Wherever I get the gift, I should send something tangible.
Fact: Have you considered blessing a marriage using an act of service, such as preparing some freezer meals for the couple’s first months or offering some help with setting up their new home? These ideas and more will mean a lot to the couple and be something they are likely to remember.

Is there wedding shopping in your future? Check out the collection of faith-filled and inspiring gifts and cards from The Printery House. Every purchase goes to support the monastic work of Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.

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