I’m all about weddings at the moment what with getting ready to style a fabulous vintage inspired wedding in a few weeks time, so this weeks ‘Ten of the best’ is on the top 10 great gifts to buy the happy couple. Wedding lists or requesting money are all great (which I will always happily do) but giving a vintage gift always adds a personal touch – hey, its something old as the rhyme goes. More and more vintage sellers now offer a wedding gift service (including us here at YVL!) and all the below are available on line now…
1. A lovely traditional wedding gift is a set of 2 Champagne glasses. It is a gift that a couple will keep forever and also a pair represents the bride and groom beautifully – it is an eternally romantic gift. For a retro loving couple, a pair of Babycham glasses makes a cute, fun gift that always creates a smile.
If they are more the ‘Mad Men’ type (who isn’t!) then this decanter set in its original box is a perfect gift. Whisky at 10am anyone?
2. A KitchenAid mixer is an iconic gift that looks amazing in every kitchen. It may not be true vintage but its retro looks are amazing and it hasn’t really changed since its launch in the 1930’s plus it comes in a rainbow of fabulous colours, my favourite is the Tangerine – perfect in a retro kitchen and in my opinion guarantees domestic bliss!
3. A wonderful way to remember your wedding day is to have as many photos out as you can. A beautiful vintage photo frame is a useful and lovely gift that will be seen by the recipients every day.
4. A new ring needs a new place to keep it – I never wear rings in bed and like to know where they are in the morning. A vintage glass dressing table set (with or without a ring tree) is a great idea that can be kept on the bride and grooms bedside table.
5. A great piece of wall art lasts forever and there are so many different ideas to choose from. There are many gorgeous personalised options but I really like this piece created from an antique book page print by Wall Envy Art –
For a personalised piece of art a commission from Wedding in a Teacup is a great choice –
6. A keepsake box for mementos of the day is a great way for the bride and groom to save all the little bits from their special day that often get lost along the way. These vintage filing drawers are lovely and could be personalised with the wedding date and couples names.
7. A gift of joint membership to the V&A offers a wealth of benefits, including free entry to exhibitions, previews, exciting events and the V&A Members’ Room and in addition you support the work of the V&A. Recent exhibitions have included David Bowie, The Birth of British Rock, Hollywood Costume and Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 – perfect for any vintage loving couple.
8. A bottle of vintage champagne can never be a bad idea. This triple set is extravagant but so special. Single gift bottles can also be bought for around £150 depending on the vintage.
9. If your couple are into their music a great gift is a record frame with one of their favourite vintage albums in it – maybe the album that contains their first dance or one that they played a lot when they first met. Vinyl albums can be picked up pretty cheaply in charity shops and at vintage fairs and bigger retails such as John Lewis now sell a small selection of iconic albums alongside the frames in store.