While the concept of a wedding list hasn’t completely died out, it’s become more commonplace for the happy couple to ask for vouchers towards their honeymoon or even cash to help pay for the wedding.
But, sometimes it’s just nice to put a bit of thought into the couple you’ll be sharing their special day with and buy them a memorable present, whether it’s a token gesture or a grander gift.
You don’t need to look far for inspiration as Gloucestershire is home to a talented bunch of designers and makers, delicious food producers and beautiful venues all offering a bumper selection of creative wedding gift ideas.
Cheltenham designer Betsy Benn specialises in creating personalised typographic prints and offers endless inspiration for those looking to buy a unique gift to mark a couple’s wedding celebration.
With a dedicated wedding range, there’s plenty of thoughtful options, including a silhouette of the happy couple; engraved maps of special places; a ‘story of us’ design; and prints of favourite quotes.
A bottle of fizz is always going to make a classy gift for newlyweds but one that hails from Gloucestershire adds an extra bit of thoughtfulness to the present.
The award-winning Three Choirs Vineyards in Newent produces a traditionally-made sparkling wine that tastes very similar to Champagne although it’s a fraction of the cost.
If you know the couple are wine lovers then another option is to treat them to a tour and tasting experience at the Three Choirs Vineyards, while the restaurant is a picture-perfect setting for the happy couple to dine.
A hamper crammed full of tempting goodies is likely to go down a treat with the newlyweds; if the couple loves cheese then a bespoke hamper from the CheeseWorks in Cheltenham makes a nice choice. Fill the hampers with a selection of savoury delights including crackers, cheese, chutneys or port and they’ll be all set for a wine and cheese night.
If they are jetting off on their honeymoon straight after the wedding opt for the hamper minus the cheese and include a gift voucher for them to choose their favourite fromage when they return.
With over 15 National Trust properties located in Gloucestershire, ranging from stately homes to beautiful gardens, it’s fair to say that the county is chock-a-block with ideas for days out.
Membership to the National Trust offers couples a gift they can enjoy throughout the year at an array of historic houses, gardens and countryside in Gloucestershire and beyond; annual membership includes free entry to over 300 Natural Trust sites, members’ handbook, and more.
Following all the excitement of the wedding and honeymoon, it’s normal for couples to feel a bit flat when it is all over. Treat them to afternoon tea and give them something to look forward to during the post-celebration haze.
The county boasts plenty of places to indulge in an afternoon tea complete with all the trimmings; from luxury hotels to quaint cafés, couples can have their cake and eat it – and why not add some Champagne for that extra special sparkle?
Whether you know the couple loves cooking or you think they could do with a helping hand to avoid any future kitchen nightmares, treating them to a cookery class is a fun way to mark their new Mr and Mrs status.
Harts Barn Cookery School hosts a range of enjoyable classes, encompassing everything from baking and pasta, to world food – providing some inspiration before or after an exotic honeymoon! Book the couple into a workshop, or get a gift voucher so they can choose the course of their choice.
Watching the sun rise over the Cotswold from the vantage point of a hot air balloon is a thrilling, romantic and most definitely memorable way to start married life.
Cotswold Balloon Safaris offer celebratory flights, complete with Champagne to pop when you’re high in the sky, whether you want to be up with the dawn chorus or witness a majestic sunset.
There’s nothing like having a thoughtful souvenir to remind the couple of their big day celebrations and a gift from The Cutlery Commission offers just that.
The Cheltenham-based company transforms vintage-style cutlery into charming keepsakes; the designs can be personalised for the happy couple whether you want to engrave the cutlery with the bride and groom’s name, wedding date, venue or even words taken from a romantic reading or poem.
Art can be a difficult gift to buy, but if you know the couple’s interior décor style then it can make for a unique wedding token. The Curious City Print Shop, based in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham, produce some seriously cool pieces of art that pay homage to town’s many guises from racing hub to literary destination.
The selection of colourful of limited edition prints showcase the people and places of Cheltenham and you can expect to find art featuring Sandford Parks Lido, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham College, Gold Cup Day, the Literature Festival and more.
By Anna McKittrick
Friday 20 February 2015
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