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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Uncommon Gifting

My wedding was very large, with about 400 guests.  We received many gifts, and some were just lovely,  I still have the gift list. When reviewing the gifts recently, I saw that I received 6 toasters and 7 mixers. Really? Of course, each of those were returned, as I had received a toaster and mixer at bridal showers. When choosing a gift, at least check their registry.  In doing so you will see the colors they want, what they have, and the style of decor they desire. Finding a registry is simple, just Google "Jane Smith, Chicago Wedding Registry." Or look at the list of Registries at the end of the post.

Colin Cowie, party planner extraordinaire had the following to say about gifting: How Much Should I Give As A Wedding Gift?

"What you think what is appropriate and what you can afford to give. No one is going to judge you for the cost of your gift."

I will add, be thoughtful and creative, no matter what your budget. In a sea of china plates and wine glasses, an uncommon gift is a welcome one. Also another hint - do not bring your gift to the reception.  Be considerate of your hosts and send it before or after the event.  Here's a little inspiration for your own gift giving.

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Lucite Letters
Talk about a personal gift! Pair two of these letters in the couples initials. They make quite the statement at over 7 inches tall. Best yet, they go with any type of decor. it's a clearly clever gift.
C. Wonder

Perfect for any couple

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Ray Geary Heart
This heart is swimming with a combination of over the counter pills cast in resin, by artist Ray Geary. Every piece is one of a kind and begs to be displayed.

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Perfect For:  Doctors, Nurses and Caregiving Couples

A Cloud 9 Experience Gift
Consider the gift of the experience of a lifetime! If you just can't decide what to give, an experience is something they will never forget. Shop by the part of the country the couple live in.  A Romantic Dinner For Two in NYC, Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise, Gondola Dinner Cruise in Dallas, etc. You can pick the adventure or give an Experience Certificate. Fun and really something very different. I'd love it.
Cloud Nine Living

RabLabs Kiva Platters
These natural stone large platters are a luxe gift. Their natural beauty is amazing. Barney's has a stunning selection of colors.

Perfect For: Couples who entertain

Fire Hurricane Lamp 
These indoor/outdoor tealights are priced right for buying in multiples. "Once the wick is fired up, the mirrored finish "dissolves" allowing the twinkle to show through the luster." Available in matt black or copper. You can bet they don't have any of these.

Perfect for Casual Couples that might prefer wood to crystal

Monogrammed Faux Fur Throw 
A personalized gift is always appreciated, especially one this luxe. Choose from four fab faux furs, and select your own monogram style and thread colors. Ships free!

Perfect for couples living in colder climates

Maison Martin Margiela 
Champagne Pail
Designed by the elusive and ever so revered fashion designer, Maison Martin Margiela. This is one unique container.  It has been handcrafted and the side is embossed with the designers stamp. You'll love the beautifully wrapped presentation. 

Perfect for fashion forward friends and champagne lovers.

Cooking Class Gift Cards
The couple that cook together stays together. Surely someone said that. These cooking classes are offered in most major cities across the country.  They make a fun date night.  Select an amount between $10 - $500.

Perfect for Foodies and Couples who cook

Tse and Tse
Modern French design is pretty wonderful. These interesting shaped vessels are sold individually and oh so versatile. The couple will pair them with their fine china and their picnic-ware.

Perfect for Chic Couples

9-Pc Horn Bartender Set
The couple will have this set for a very long time. It is classic in design, so it will never go out of style. Chances are, they will toast to your good taste each time they use it.  Cheers!

Perfect for all couples who enjoy a cocktail

If Only Recipe of the Month Collection
A curated collection of 25 star chefs.  In the first month, in addition to the two recipes of the month, your loved one will receive an elegant lacquered recipe box and a hand-signed recipe from Michael Mina. Each subsequent month, they will mail two seasonal recipes from the exceptional list of chefs to complete the collection. A truly unique gift, sure to put a smile on their face.

Perfect for foodies and home cooks

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