My husband and I got married a little over a year ago and we were so touched that so many of our friends and family made the trip to Charleston for the weekend. Since I grew up outside of Atlanta and my husband hails from Florida, even though we didn't consider our Lowcountry shindig a destination wedding many of our guests did. Those travel expenses can add up pretty quickly! So, needless to say, it meant a lot to us that, in addition to just attending the wedding, they also showered us with gifts.
While most guests stuck to our registries (which my kitchen very much appreciates!), some veered off and did their own thing...and not always in a good way. Let's just say I still haven't acquired a liking for a few of the items. I actually considered taking a picture of some of the "interesting" and cheesy gifts we received but figured that's pretty rude. Like I said, I am more than thankful for any and ever gift we received, it just made me think that if guests choose to stray from the registry, it should be for something the bride and groom will treasure and not just toss to the side.
I guess you could say I'm a pretty sentimental person and I love any gift that has significant meaning, so I thought I'd round up some of my favorite wedding day gifts that are absent from your everyday registries. I can promise you all of these keepsakes will be cherished for years to come.
"Remember the Day" Pillows
I may have a slight obsession with burlap which is why it's probably no surprise that Etsy dealer, Next Door to Heaven's, "Remember the Day" Pillows are one of my favorites. These are the perfect day-to-day reminder of a couple's nuptials.
Point DeVue is a Chicago based company that is a master of architectural artwork. These unique sketches will add that personal touch to your gift. What could be better than a constant reminder of the venue that was home to their magical evening.
Custom Heirloom Bowls
Located in Austin, Texas, Paloma's Nest specializes in all things heirloom. They offer a large selection of handmade beauties that are intended to last for generations (just the way we like 'em!). One of our favorites is the Large Custom Heirloom Bowls and it will look perfect displayed in the bride and groom's home.
Ahhh, sweetgrass baskets. The art of sweetgrass weaving is a Charleston staple that takes local palmetto strips and hand stitches them into intricate designs. These sturdy keepsakes incorporate themselves nicely into any Lowcountry woman's serving ware collection.
I just love these. Chocolate Butterbean makes the most beautiful wedding signs...don't you think? They are completely customizable and come in a range of sizes, mediums and the message is up to you. The newlyweds will welcome this heartfelt addition to their humble abode!
Wedding Art Prints
I ran across Jenna Sue Designs on Sparkle & Hay last week and I've been smitten with it ever since. This print is perfect for the sentimental bride and groom and can easily be reworked to include the couples own vows or the words their first dance.