Gift lists are your perfect opportunity to include unique and bespoke elements that reflect your personality and experiences and make a house feel like home
Wedding gift lists are an opportunity to get creative. It is not often in life we have the opportunity, to rethink whole spaces and rooms. This is also two people coming together on taste – a new beginning – so the whole process of choosing the gift list is all about marking out your style as a couple.
Of course, nearly every couple are likely to want to add elements that upgrade existing home essentials, but beyond that the list is really an opportunity to choose things that feel special and make your house or flat your home.
Bespoke and special gifts
While all the gift list companies offer the brands we know and love – from Joseph Joseph and The White Company to Le Creuset and Sabatier – they also include carefully sourced labels that you won’t find elsewhere. For instance, The Wedding Shop offers ethical and luxury bedding from Bedfolk and fabulous traditionally forged knives from Forge de Laguiole. We also love the ‘house’ label Blush & Blue collection, curated pieces for every room in your home designed with a luxe and contemporary feel to mark The Wedding Shop’s 30th birthday. You can see Blush & Blue and other brands at its showrooms, including The Townhouse, London, its lovely property in Fulham decked out like a real home.
Prezola offers over 500 brilliant brands, with exclusives on iconic London labels such as Graham & Green and Sofa.com. Also on our ‘covet’ list is the curated collection for your outside space from GardenStore. The team at Prezola have also created a super cool in-house label Beau Living, which has a focus on neutral and stylish designs that slot in perfectly whether your style is classic or contemporary. Ranging from elegant planters and vases to chic bedlinen and glassware and a fabulous focal-point hide butterfly chair, it’s a great source of everyday luxury pieces that will earn their keep over many years.
At The Wedding Present Company, which has a fantastic showroom in Chelsea packed full of inspiration, there are exclusives from some unusual artisan labels. Among our personal favourites are the mechanimated clocks (combined clock and barometer) hand-made by Bramwell Brown in Hampshire – unique and charming heirloom pieces that will be a talking point in any home. There’s also a great selection of pieces that can be personalised (wedding guests will love this), ranging from engraved carving boards from Oak and Rope Company and framed artworks with your own personal map from Atlas & I to engraved china from Susan Rose and bespoke bouquet prints from Flowers & Foliage.
With all the wedding gift list companies, you can also think outside the box. Many guests enjoy the idea of donating to a wine or art fund. Then there are treat days, honeymoon contributions and charity funds. With most couple starting married life with more of life’s essentials – and also a sense that they don’t just want more ‘stuff’ – the gift list is a place to choose those objects and experiences that will mean the most to you.
Gift lists sources
The Wedding Present Company, weddingpresentco.com
The Wedding Shop, weddingshop.com
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