Well, I am now Mrs Bear! It has been a wonderful year of utter joy and excitement from engagement to marriage and honeymoon. Absolute bliss. Of course there’s a lot of work that goes into planning a wedding, but also a lot of dreamy design fun, not least of all putting together the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime wish list - the wedding gift list!
We went for a gift list with Kuoni so that friends and family could contribute directly towards our Maldivian honeymoon in order to limit our post-wedding debt as much as possible and be able to concentrate on saving for a house/flat deposit to finally buy our own place/the imagined abode once wed. We also already have most of the basic home-ware that newly-weds traditionally put on their wedding lists. But we did like the idea of having a few beautiful pieces as mementos of the occasion, so we still put together a little gift list with Prezola who allow you to choose items from a wide array of retail partners including Liberty, Selfridges, The White Company, Graham and Green and Not On The Hight Street to name but a few, and will even add bespoke items from non-retail-partners to your list, and take cash contributions if there’s a bigger item such as piece of furniture, or even a honeymoon or house deposit that you’d like your loved ones to give you money towards.
But back to those lovely little tangible somethings… Here are a few of the items that we added to our gift list, including a few that we removed again as the bear reminded me that we needed to consider whether we’d rather have that chic little object or its equivalent monetary value towards our 5* island escape!
THE ROMANTIC REMINDERS
What better way to emblazon your home with your new marital status than with a ‘MRS’ in lightbulb letters, or a simple ‘LOVE’, or even just the initial of your new family name? Graham and Green have got you covered, circus style:
They also have a neon statement to stick on your wall:
Feel like a true smug married while brushing your teeth with classic Mr and Mrs bathrobes from John Lewis:
Amara boasts a glass dome big enough to display those wedding shoes far too pretty to put in a box. This baby is delayed in transit but I’ll be posting a pic of it housing my gorgeous glittery gold Lucy Chois as soon as I get it home:
The ‘happily ever after’ cushion from Selfridges says it all:
THE LUXURY TOUCHES
Michael Aram’s gold-plated honey pot with oxidised bronze leaves and nickel-plated arrow-shaped spoon is exquisitely indulgent:
The George Jenson Masterpieces Precious brass bowl is precious indeed:
Stelton’s signature Erik Magnussen-designed vacuum jug goes glam with make-overs in brass, copper and steel. Perfect for us magpies:
A squeeze of soft-furnishing sheen from Missoni’s Iridescent cushion:
The food of love shouted loud and proud in gold Megaphone form:
Hay’s brass-handled Mirror Mirror epitomises minimalist luxe (also available with a copper handle and round mirror):
THE STATEMENT PIECES
Anthropologie’s Beast’s Feast Tureen is a quirky dinner-party talking point:
Size is everything with this huge glass comport from The White Company. If only we had more of our little amaretti sweet-treat bags left over to fill it to the brim:
Express your painterly style over breakfast with Emma Bridgewater’s half pint Black Splatter jug:
Paul Smith’s AddColour designs for Stelton inject a fabulously fun pop of pigment into the Scandi chic and sleek steel tea and coffee range:
FORM AND FUNCTION
Who says that stylish somethings can’t also be practical and necessary additions to the list?
Love, love, love the Alessi Hot It kettle - not a nasty electric base in sight!
There’s nothing I love more on bonfire night than taking out a cup of home-made hot chocolate to keep me cosy when out in the cold. Warm some milk in a cute little copper milk-pan and stir in some Montezuma’s chilli and lime milk chocolate, or even a good old Terry’s Chocolate Orange, until it melts into liquid bliss. John Lewis have a lovely and very reasonably-priced copper cookware range with that all-important pouring lip to get your hot choc from pan to cup, or into a little Indian tea glass for a winter after-dinner treat:
My aunt and uncle, along with giving very generously to our honeymoon fund, got us a little prezzie to open on our big day that perfectly fitted our English vs Italian food and drink theme: Alessi’s spaghetti measurer does what it says on the tin, but in seriously sculptural style:
The bear and I are thoroughly enjoying our new and oh-so-stylish morning coffee routine with Bodum’s Columbia coffee press and Bistro espresso glasses - those double walls keep these babies cool in both senses of the word!
The humble mug gets a gilded and personal: Vintage Playing Cards’ mugs feature 9-carat gold leaf initials:
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
We fell in love with this delightfully unusual little Seletti I-Wares porcelain sugar bowl with its lemon-yellow handle:
Jimbob Art have a wonderfully whimsical range of hand-drawn illustrations on bone china. We chose four favourite designs on side plates but are particularly fond of this one as we bit into a large rose macaroon instead of cutting a cake at our wedding:
I must admit that I had my eye on a pale grey Smythson travel wallet with a brushed-gold clip that was just too much to put on our gift list without feeling very greedy indeed! But the bear did treat me to this studded saffiano leather Micheal Kors clutch as a compact carry-on to keep our passports and tickets tidy and easy to access. A fabulous addition to the honeymoon capsule wardrobe: