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.
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.
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.
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.