For this post I have teamed up with Laura from the blog Devine Bride. Laura runs the award-winning wedding blog Devine Bride. Her honest and practical blog covers hen parties to honeymoons and everything in between. Laura also offers pick and mix wedding planning, from stationery to styling and from wedding planning to wedding websites.
Wedding gifts can be a contentious issue. The lines are blurred these days between what is right by etiquette versus most desired by the couple – gift list or not. However, luckily, most modern marriages allow more room for manoeuvre, with many couples I know choosing not to have a gift list at all. Although this grants more imagination and creativity on the part of the guest, it can also make things a whole lot harder deciding what to gift – and from where!
With wedding season just around the corner, here’s my pick of my current most wanted, for fashionable wedding guests and fashionable gifting:
His n Hers
Subtlety is key here, think outside the box. At our wedding we were gifted 7 sets of champagne flutes. Enough said:
Matching Comme des Garcons wallets; wallet £99, purse, £95.
Matching pyjamas; mens £69.50, womens £110
Wedding cards are lovely keepsakes, but how do you enjoy them after you’re married without them cluttering up your mantelpiece for weeks on end? Here’s a couple of ways to stay stylish while still enjoying them:
Gold metal card display stand by Maison du Monde, £23.99.
Gold and glass hanging wall frame by Oliver Bonas, £14.
Whilst cash may be the easy option, you won’t be remembered for it and I’m somewhat wary of handing over bundles of cash in envelopes at weddings. Something a bit more personal, and useful, will go a long way (literally):
Monogrammed matching passport covers by Aspinal, emboss up to 3 initials for free, £55 each.
Personalised travel diary by & So They Made via Not On The High Street, £19.
For the Couple That Has Everything
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Forget the word ‘wedding’ and lay off the cheesy ‘Mr and Mrs’ merch, that soon gets old. And you know what they say with wedding gifts, what goes around comes around – gift as you would like to be gifted yourself and you can’t go wrong.
About the author, Laura Devine of Devine Bride:
Laura won Best Rising Star at the Wedding Blog Awards 2016 and Wedding of the Year 2017 with Your London Wedding Magazine, and is nominated for the Wedding and Events UK Blog Award 2017. She is also a features writer for Vows and Venues and the Scottish Wedding Directory.
In her words, “Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility, and ultimately, it’s all about making people happy – and I love that.”