It seems like the Royal wedding is welcoming us into the wedding high season. Sure, we are all excited to see what Meghan Markle will wear and of course I am speculating about what gifts the Prince, and soon to be Princess, will receive but this year I am personally challenged to find a wedding gift for my brother’s big day.
I love weddings and everything surrounding a wedding and enjoy the traditions that they come with. Wedding gifts are always a bit challenging as they come along traditions and gift etiquette. Also, these days, many people get married later in life and have usually lived together, some people (like Meghan) may have been married previously and some people do not want gifts or ask for money instead. Moreover, it is usual etiquette that once your invite is received this will state where the bride and groom stand with their desire for gifts, if they have a gift list registered then you can of course go ahead and select something that you know they want or need.
What about these special people in our lives that deserve something more precious, bespoke and considered? A brother and soon to be sister in law, a school friend who has always been by your side, they require you take extra thought. Try and be more creative with the way you choose a gift and break free from the usual gift lists and registers to buy something unique and thoughtful.
As the wedding Season begins let me help inspire you with some unusual, cool and alternative gifts.
Stand out notice me gifts:
- Double hammock From Amara
- Luxurious bespoke made love seat by Patricia Urquiola/Moroso or pair of club chairs from Vinterior
- A tandem bike
- Salsa dancing lessons
Stay classic with something traditional:
- Post honeymoon hamper. Traditional British goods from Betty’s
- Something useful that has been personalised with their initials. Towels or bed linen
- Piece of art from Liberty
- Designer inspired homewares from someone like Missoni
An experience they can share as a newly wed couple:
- Joint Museum Membership from Tate or
- Craft cocktail set – Soho Home have some beautiful barware
- Wine membership with Personalised Decanter from Joss and Main
- Adopting an orphaned elephant for the animal lovers
Something for them to look forward to once they are married:
- Newspaper subscription to be enjoyed lying in bed
- Luxury hotel vouchers for post honeymoon. You will receive extra thanks if they are from Mr&Mrs Smith
- Beautiful LSA glassware with a flower delivery subscription from somewhere unique like Geo Fleur
- Something that will be part of their first Christmas (*Giulia has a funny story about this)
You must not turn up empty handed, if you get stuck a bottle of vintage bubbles and a fun card with a handwritten memory you have shared with the happy couple will always be appreciated or a donation to a charity that you know is close to their hearts.
My favourite wedding gift was an antique silver salt shaker with our initials engraved. Classic, chic and personal. In some European countries it is tradition to give bread and salt to the bride and groom, it is a way to wish them a stable and happy marriage even in bad times.
Of course the team here at my Giulia wish the newly weds a very long and happy marriage together…
*(email to: if you want to hear about the story!)Yours Giulia