Statement wedding gifts fit for a Royal
With weddings at the forefront of our minds and the season well underway, you may be looking for a gift that's going to make a splash. What do you get the newlyweds who have it all?
There's something to be said for reverting to tradition – eschewing cash donations or a spa retreat experience - because when it comes to gorgeous and unique, you can make an art out of the research and unearth some truly stunning items that are as pretty as they are practical. Our eagle-eyed gift-sourcing experts know a thing or two about off-the-wall, as well as conventional pieces, with plenty of wow factor. Here's their curated spring wedding present list.
Haute Couture à table
French designer Marie Daâge can make a piece of crockery look like a delicate work of art. Marie is renowned for her daring approach to table settings using highly original hand-painted motifs. We love her use of contrasting designs and colours within a collection. We love even more the idea that your wedding couple could be setting a table that's a swirl of stripes, florals and figurative scenes. There's lots of humour here as Marie's character is at the heart of all her designs, layered with sumptuous patterns and fluidly applied hues. A great choice for a creative couple or a minimalist interior.
Fun and Games
London-based British designer Alexandra Llewellyn has put the fun back into the traditional game of backgammon with her entirely covetable collection of 14 differently styled boards. One look at these and even a rusty, out-of-practice player could be tempted back into playing.
For a wedding gift, why not switch it up a notch?Alexandra takes commissions on original backgammon boards, games tables or other game boards, or she can personalise an existing model. Here you can let your imagination go and have the item engraved with a message, or even adorned with semi-precious stones and brass playing pieces.A beautiful way to commemorate one of life's great milestones with an item of enduring value that's great fun into the bargain.
These are wonderful, especially if they carry significance, be it with an engraved message or initials, or with a motif that reflects the couple's interests. Asprey's crystalware is delicate, beautiful in its simplicity and highly original. We love the horsehead decanter and the tumbler collection for a touch of the regal.
Feu de Beaumont has created a captivating Porringer, the pièce de résistance in its collection. Weighing in at 3kg and by far the largest of the current collection, this unique scented candle burns for 100 hours and is available in either Wild Fig or Jasmine. What makes it extra special? The Golden Porringer is crafted using twenty-two carat gold plate, is refillable, and can, of course, be customised with an engraving.
Lalique's reputation for immaculate, highly creative glassware has endured since René Lalique first started work in his Parisian workshop, back in 1885. The team here has a soft spot for the Champs-Élysées Bowl, exquisitely handcrafted in France by skilled glass-masters, and the intense green Bacchantese Vase in crystal. You should know that each piece is unique, making for a truly thoughtful wedding gift. Perfect for connoisseurs or for anyone with a keen eye for Art Nouveau design.
British designer Theo Fennell is one of the most talented craftsmen in London. He's known for his avant-garde jewellery but also for his classic silver homeware with a twist. His Sterling Silver Lotus Bowl, available in three sizes, is timeless and so if you're looking for elegance, this could be a winner. Add a personal engraving for maximum effect.
If you'd like more information on these or any other ideas for a special wedding gift, our experienced gift sourcing specialists have the inside track to help you. Why not contact them for advice at: email@example.com or call +44 (0) 845 224 2617.