Beautiful weddings call for the most incredible gifts. But of all the gift buying occasions, the nuptials of friends and family can be one of the hardest to get right. The challenge lies in finding a present to please not one but two people, picking something timeless to help them remember their day forever, and choosing a gift that will stand out amongst a host of others.
Is it best to take a risk with something truly unique or to play it safe with something simple? Let our luxury wedding gift guide make the wedding season a little less stressful by taking inspiration from these beautiful style suggestions guaranteed to wow.
Photographs are such an important part of wedding ceremonies, which makes stunning frames a perfect gift idea. Give the newlyweds in your life a special design to showcase precious shots from their big day. Silver and gold designs are fail-safe bets while white frames are a natural choice for wedding gifts. If you want to offer a little colour, AERIN’s frames come in a selection of pretty hues (blue makes a sweet nod to the adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”). And remember little details – think L’Objet’s textured creations or delicately embellished designs by Vera Wang for Wedgwood – elevate frames from ordinary to extraordinary.
Beautiful glassware has been a go-to wedding gift for generations and its appeal is still as strong as ever. Practical, timeless and luxurious, fine drinkware will always be appreciated. Decanters, glasses, ice buckets and carafes are forever pieces that will bring years of enjoyment. Look to premium-quality crystals pieces, from the likes of Moser, Richard Brendon and Waterford, to enhance the bride and groom’s existing glassware collection. Super-slender flutes from Vera Wang are ideal for couples with contemporary taste while travelling drink sets from Italian artisans at CEDES Milano are a must for those who love a weekend getaway.
Exceptional tableware is one of those home staples that always makes a great gift. Spoil the happy couple to an entire dining set to make sure their dinner parties are always beautifully catered for. Tea sets and coffee sets, exquisite cutlery and serveware also promise to impress. Classic white dinnerware will slot seamlessly into most people’s homes, but look for designs with metallic trims or unique textures to give something stunning, not simple. Don’t be afraid to also opt for colour, as pastel tones are bang on trend. This season is all about soft teal tones and pale pink hues.
Striking tabletop touches are the ultimate gift for anyone with a penchant for entertaining in style, after all they are the secret to a standout tablescape. Explore the idea of unique place card holders, napkin rings and salt and pepper shakers (we’re in love with L’Objet’s braided spice jewels). And, once again, any additions by Vera Wang – the queen of elegant yet contemporary bridalwear and homeware – will be loved and cherished forever. Coasters and cheeseboards are just a couple more examples of gorgeous ways to accessorise a tabletop.
Vases, Bowls & Trays
If you feel the urge to give a gift that’s both beautiful and practical, vases, bowls and trays are brilliant functional buys. Vases double up as little sculptural works of art and homes for floral arrangements; trays and bowls are perfect for making attractive tabletop additions and storing small trinkets. Knowing what your couple’s interior looks like helps when it comes to committing to patterns and colours (blue tones are big right now), but if you’ve never seen your newlyweds’ home or are unsure on their style, rest assured that you can’t go wrong with clear glass and metallic designs.
Soft staples – the classic wedding gift that shows no sign of going of out of style. Think of the most incredible bedding and super-soft cashmere throws to give the happy couple in your life a tactile treat. Neutral hues, from taupe and grey tones to iconic black and white, have a universal allure that means they can be introduced to virtually everyone’s household. Offer a personal touch by opting for a monogrammed cushion, bathrobe or towel set – a perfect way to help a couple celebrate their newly shared surname.
Home Fragrances & Accessories
Possibly one of the most reliable gifts of all, home fragrances are another firm favourite for weddings. Simply beautiful, exquisitely scented candles and diffusers have the ability to flatter any interior, whether it’s modern, traditional or eclectic. They also boast the power to evoke memories of a time or place, making them a romantic addition if you can gauge which notes might be sentimental to your newlyweds. AERIN’s scents, for instance, look to stunning locations for inspiration, from the laid-back vibe of Mustique to exhilarating Buckhorn ski run in Aspen. If you don’t like the idea that, naturally, wax candles have a limited lifespan, consider candlestick holders, snuffers and match strikers which make enduring home accents.
If you’re buying for the couple with everything or two people with an affinity for unique design, it’s time to think outside the box. Extraordinary home accents are the best answer. Striking ornaments, for example, add instant impact to spaces and are certain to make a memorable gift. Stunning artworks or photographic prints will make an impression on not only the pair you’re buying for, but also any guests visiting their home. Decorative boxes are double-duty gifts that can be used to house valuable trinkets for both him and her, from watches to pieces of jewellery and keys.