Everyone likes to be remembered because of a thoughtful wedding gift they gave to the newlyweds. It says you put serious effort into finding that unique gift for the couple because they are special to you.
A good method of having a gift appreciated is by giving one that is useful and unbreakable. Start by considering the lifestyle of the couple. Do they do a lot of entertaining? Monogrammed gifts such as an ice bucket, guest towels, or cocktail-size party plates are both classy and useful.
Are they pool-party entertainers? A set of colorful plastic plates and tumblers might fill the bill, as would an outdoor serving cart.
For the hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, consider a 5-year subscription to an outdoor magazine or any specialty topic magazine for the couple with an unusual hobby or interest such as mountain biking or skydiving.
For the gourmet cooks, enamel cookware is both colorful and useful. A monogrammed cutting board would see a lot of use as would a large pasta pot that doubles as a lobster cooker. Consider a set of gourmet cookbooks covering every topic from meats, breads and soups to appetizers and desserts.
Don't forget to check the guest registry belonging to the couple. Look for gifts that can be monogrammed or come already monogrammed such as coasters with the last name initial of the newlyweds.
Do you have photography or video talent? Offer to make a wedding video if they are not hiring a professional. You can add text to the video giving the date and place of the wedding and ending with a phrase like, "This video, for John and Chelsea, was produced by George Smith. May you have many years of happiness together." You can extend that gift by offering to film a video on their first and fifth anniversaries.
Ask other recent newlyweds what gifts they received and which one of them they use frequently or the gift that stands out. Don't forget internet searches to find that memorable gift that will put a smile on the face of the new Mr. and Mrs. as well as on yours.