March 17, 2017

Giving A Service As A Wedding Gift

If you've received a wedding invitation, you know you need to give the newlyweds a gift. But picking out an appropriate gift is not always the easiest thing to do, even when you have a registry to choose from. Instead of giving a thing, consider giving a service. I recently learned a lot about two ladies in my area of Raleigh, NC who provide services that I think are so valuable and could really be useful to a new couple.
Leah Friedman


Leah Friedman is a professional organizer and owner of Raleigh Green Gables. She helps people declutter their homes and work spaces. Leah believes the last thing a new couple needs is more stuff. "A lot of couples get registries done and get super excited. We did the exact same thing and registered for everything we saw. 12 years later we don't use half of it. That pasta maker was a great idea, but with kids, who has time for that now?"


Leah says she has to walk so many people through getting rid of wedding gifts. She tends to mostly get rid of vases, china and pieces of art. "I think clean lines are in these days. People are drowning in stuff and they're over having so much stuff around which is why I'm completely booked," said Friedman.

Attic Before





Attic After









With a newlywed couple, Leah can help each person reduce what he or she is bringing into the marital home. If the couple is already living together and feeling cramped, she can organize and declutter the space.

When Leah works with clients, she starts with the room that is bothering the couple the most. She works with each person separately. This organizer says most people are overwhelmed when they look at their garage or attic and instead of doing something they do nothing. She says she can transform almost any space in three hours.

Once that space is transformed, all that stuff has to go somewhere. "I offer the service of taking it to charity and getting the couple a tax deduction, or we can put it in their car (for them to handle it). Before I leave, it's going in someone's car," Friedman says.
Pile of stuff in the driveway

If the items can't be donated, Leah partners with Junk Doctors to haul it away.

Contact Leah to get a gift certificate for her organizing services. 

You've heard the saying, "the way to a man's heart is through food." (It can also be the way to a woman's heart, but I digress) So why not give the gift of cooking? Pamela Clark of The Thyme Savor is a chef and professional recipe developer who offers private cooking lessons for couples.
Chef Pamela Clark
Pam believes the gift of cooking is like no other. "There's nothing like the experience of being in the kitchen together, bonding over food, the process of preparing a meal together, that's the ultimate gift. It's a labor of love."

Couples meet at Pam's home kitchen and make a full meal based on their interests. "As we're preparing together, they are getting loads and loads of tips and techniques, whether it's for chopping, breading chicken breast, putting vegetables together and roasting. They'll be overwhelmed with information and inspiration," said Pam.

The cooking lesson lasts three hours and couples have the option of bringing a beer or wine of their choice. When the lesson is over, Pam cleans up and allows the couple an intimate setting to enjoy their meal in her dining room or outside on her patio under the stars.
Couple In Pam's Kitchen
Pam says cooking brings couples together and helps keep them together. "Every couple that's ever left my kitchen is hugging, taking pictures, and sharing what they've learned on social media. One guy proposed in my kitchen. That was so sweet."

Contact Pam to get a cooking lesson gift certificate for the special couple in your life.

Will you consider a service rather than stuff as a wedding gift? Brides and grooms, how would you feel about receiving the gift of a service? Let me know in the comments section below.

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