A right Royal affair – bringing a royal touch to the wedding season

Wedding Season is upon is and to kick start it all we have a Royal Wedding to get all gushy over!

What will Meghan’s dress be like? What will the Queen wear? What will Kate the Duchess of Cambridge wear? Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte be part of the wedding party? And what about the outfit for little Prince Louis?

Before you get too carried away, you no doubt have your own weddings to attend that are just as special to you.

The invitation

As soon as that wedding invitation hits your letterbox, your head is probably full of outfits, hats and shoes but have you stopped to think about the gift?

If the uninspiring Gift Registry List has fallen out with the invitation, you’re either going to fit into one of two camps. Great, I’ll pick something in my budget and don’t need to think about it anymore, or no way! I want to get something personal, something that means more than a toaster or kettle.

Here at Antique Rose, we are all about matching the perfect gift to the perfect recipient. Indeed, we have painted one of our bespoke signs to send to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to celebrate their wedding with a personal present.

Make it personal

Every love story is unique and presenting a gift to remind the wedded couple of this is a personal and unique way to say I care, I’ve followed your love story too and I want to wish you the very best.

Attending a wedding is also being part of this love story. Perhaps you are mother-of-the-bride or the bride’s sister or best friend, or maybe it’s your brother getting married and you helped introduce him to his future bride. Whatever the story, the sentiment is the same – you want to give a gift as unique and personal as this love story.

Choosing a gift that can have a bespoke and special message written on it, or will spell the couples name or initials, will really speak from the heart. And, if you are the bride or groom, giving your best man, bridesmaids or ushers a personalised gift also shows how unique and special they are to your wedding day.

A Royal touch

Nothing says royalty like gold and gifting items with that gold sparkle will really stand out from the crowd.

Gifting gold at a wedding goes far back in history but is no longer a modern tradition. Instead, modern gifting of gold is no longer just limited to precious metal. Think gold sparkles, gold writing, gold candles and hues of rose gold, which are all just as precious when gifted in unique ways.

A cushion with Mr & Mrs written on it in gold for the happy couple to snuggle up on the sofa together will always be a reminder of their special day and the loving sentiment you gave, as will a set of gold mugs to toast their morning coffee each day.

Choosing a gold gift makes a loving, sparkly statement that will be treasured for years to come.Dress to impress

Okay, so, we did tell you to focus on the gift, but we do have to mention getting the right accessories! After all, you need a gift for yourself!

Choosing the perfect jewellery for your outfit is essential but you may not have a huge budget. Costume jewellery is ideal for this situation, particularly costume jewellery that is good quality and unique. A statement necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings will really finish off an outfit and will always bring happy memories each time you wear them again.

Similarly, a wrap or handbag is a stylish way to accessorise your outfit. Scarves add beautiful and complementary colours to an outfit and also make a great wrap for a chilly evening.

Just think of them as gifts to you to celebrate your loved one’s love and be a constant reminder of that happy day.

Love is in the air

Capturing the happiness and love during the day is so much easier these days with smart phones, or you could leave it to the professionals!

However, buying the perfect frame to capture that moment is a gift to treasure forever. Choose from frames with gold for that royal touch, or ones with the perfect sentiment: Love, Mr & Mrs, Our Love Story Never Ends

Alternatively, choose a frame that matches the couple’s home décor, or reminds them of where they met on holiday by selecting styles that show you know their love story and want to gift them a permanent reminder.

Cheers to the new Mr & Mrs

If you’re struggling to find a gift because it’s a couple you don’t know very well, perhaps a work colleague, or couples on their second or third marriage, or couples who insist on not wanting a big gift, opt for the Mr & Mrs theme.

In hues of gold or black and white for that monochrome look, Mr & Mrs gifts come in many varieties. Frames, cushions, mugs, glasses – all of them shout out what the wedding day is all about, becoming Mr & Mrs. A reminder of this sentiment alone is perfect for those you know well and love and for those you don’t know too well. While not necessarily unique, these gifts do add a personal touch because there is no other Mr & Mrs than them.

These also make excellent post-wedding gifts because now the couple are finally Mr & Mrs!

 

If you must stick to the list

We understand that sometimes it is easier to stick to Registry Gift Lists, particularly if the couple are very insistent. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go slightly off track and choose a unique gift.

Adding a hanging sentiment inside a card will be a welcome surprise and much loved and treasured keepsake. Hanging sentiments can range from a simple Mr & Mrs message, to a more profound quote about love, friendship and forever.

Keepsakes also make excellent tags or additional ways to add that personal touch to the wrapping. After all, the wrapping of the gift is just as important and can be as elaborate or as subtle as you choose, perhaps matching the wedding theme, or highlighting that personal part of their love story.

Similarly, the card needs careful consideration as it will no doubt be part of a treasure box of the special day. Go for humour, sentiment, style or just because it is the perfect fit.

 

Don’t forget…

Lastly, don’t forget those little gifts you might want to give to the bride or groom because they are so very special to you.

Perhaps a lucky sixpence, or a garter with a splash of blue, or maybe even a trinket dish or box to keep their wedding rings in, or a coaster to remind them that they are a prosecco princess forever, despite becoming a Mrs!

It’s all about keeping it personal and unique to the recipient and showing your love through the thoughtfulness of your perfect gift.

Choosing a gift fit for Princes and Princesses everywhere!

The birth of the new Royal baby Prince Louis has got everyone feeling happy and perhaps a little bit broody and to mark the occasion the lucky little prince will be getting a bespoke gift from Antique Rose.

All babies are princes and princesses for us; precious new additions to families and friend’s families. Choosing the perfect gift can, however, be tricky as you want to show your love and thoughtfulness beyond a pack of vests or baby grows and if it’s baby number 2, 3 or 4, you want to give that little new born something different from its other siblings.

We’ve put together a guide to help you choose that perfect gift. To help you think outside of the box and equate how precious and loved they are.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

We all know the rhyme and each little baby is a shining star in our lives, so why not use the phrase to show your love with a thoughtful gift? Choose from bibs, vests, muslins, cards and hanging tokens to gift a sentiment that will be treasured forever. These gifts can also be personalised with baby’s name and come in a choice of blue, pink and grey, complementing the baby’s gender and your style and décor.

Rufus Rabbit

The stunning Rufus Rabbit range, designed in Derby by Anna Danielle, comes in beautiful packaging, creating a gift worthy to place at the feet of a new arrival. Available in pink or blue, choose from soft and delicate bibs in a gorgeous envelope, squishy and squidgy comfort rabbits hiding in a little box or bag, or rattling and cuddly rabbits with matching jingly shoes! Many of our customers love to opt for this range because of the beautiful design and presentation.

A picture says a thousand words

We all want to capture that first new born moment, that first smile, that first yawn, that first giggle and keep it forever. What better way to preserve it than in a beautiful frame adorned with baby related images or subtle sparkles. We have an extensive range, including ones with writing to convey the perfect message, or we can create a bespoke frame in-house.

What’s in a name?

We often recommend bunting to our customers because it really is a unique and stunning way to say ‘welcome’ to a new baby. Choose from ceramic hearts, red and blue style bunting, pink florals or neutral hessian browns. Bunting is also a wonderful way to add colour and personalise the nursery and don’t forget the educational element! As baby grows, you can teach him or her the letters in their name! Personalised bunting is an excellent way to give a bespoke gift that is available immediately, great if it’s a last-minute purchase as baby has made an unexpected early arrival! It’s also a great opportunity to spell out other sentiments – love, joy, baby, nursery… The list is as endless as your love.

Precious and personal

A personalised hanging decoration or sign made exclusively for the new baby is a completely unique way to show your love and will be a forever treasured gift. Our expert team can make a bespoke sign or you can write a personal message on the back of one of our chalk board painted hanging decorations. A little star has been born and needs treasuring and celebrating. We also have a range of ceramic hanging decorations with beautiful sentiments that speak straight from the heart.