March 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
This morning we’re focusing on one of our very favourite things – presents!! – as we catch up with our fabulous Sponsor, The Wedding Shop.
As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, The Wedding Shop, provides unrivalled choice when it comes to creating a personalised wedding gift list, with the option to combine products with honeymoon and cash contributions, and even set up a charity fund.
Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their newly launched Edinburgh store. Located on the Scottish capital’s prestigious shopping thoroughfare; Dundas Street, the launch follows The Wedding Shop’s luxurious revamp of their Selfridges London showroom last September, and expands their portfolio to four locations, including stores in Chelsea and Dublin.
The beautiful new showroom provides the perfect relaxing and inspirational environment for couples to meet with their own personal advisor and compile their dream list – over a glass of champagne, of course!
To celebrate the launch of the Scottish showroom, The Wedding Shop team has complied its top gift list must-haves for 2017, seeking inspiration from top product designers and looking across its range of unique real-life experiences.
Commenting on current gift list trends, we speak to Edinburgh showroom manager Nicola Gemmell.
nicola says: Feedback from our clients indicates that ‘experience’ is the new luxury in gift lists, as couples wish to create life-long memories not just increase their collection of personal belongings.
For those that are looking to enhance their interiors through their gift choices, 2017 is all about bringing the outdoors indoors; from botanical-inspired and organic patterned homewares to the use of earthy tones and raw materials. That said, your home is a very personal space and should reflect your own tastes and experiences, not simply the trends. With thousands of products from over 350 brands to choose from at The Wedding Shop, you have the option to be able to select pieces which will ensure your home is fresh, fashionable and functional, but more importantly, you.
I look forward to welcoming couples to our inspiring space and helping them to choose from our portfolio of products as well as being able to add honeymoon vouchers, cash contributions, experiences, and anything else they desire.
50 shades of green
‘Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, is a refreshing and revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings. Therefore, what better way to mark the commencement of married life than giving the gift of green? The Wedding Shop has a multitude of gorgeous green products, from Aquanova towels and LSA glassware to Pooky lampshades, Addison Ross picture frames and even vibrant kitchen appliances.
Unpolished, unglazed and unrefined; terracotta, earthy tones, natural ceramics and cork are all seriously ‘in’ for 2017 and promise to take your home back to basics. A top gift list pick for us would be Nkuku’s range of artisanal, beautifully hand-crafted products, which epitomize this trend perfectly.
a hive of activity
The current geometric-minimalist trend is impossible to ignore, with hexagons or ‘hive’ shapes featuring everywhere; from wallpaper to cushions and even lampshades. Wedgewood’s Arris range of gilded dinnerware is contemporary yet classic, and makes a simply beautiful addition to newlyweds’ kitchens.
The passion for brass and metallic finishes, including copper, continue to be popular and so a striking homeware piece, such as the Form Jug from Tom Dixon, would be a fabulous request.
the ultimate experiences
For couples seeking excitement, adventure or simply the ultimate in luxury experiences, The Wedding Shop allows guests to contribute towards a Truly Experience, which can make the happy couple’s dreams come true.
For the ‘thrill seeking’ couple we suggest the most luxurious near-space experience of travelling to the edge of the upper-atmosphere in a Bloon pod. Meanwhile for ‘gourmet’ couples there is the indulgent tasting menu for two at Michelin Starred Restaurant Martin Wishart or the option to create their own gin at The City of London Distillery. Finally, for the ‘couple who have everything’ we’d recommend the gift of time and luxurious relaxation with a 5 star Espa day and two-course lunch at The Balmoral Spa.
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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