Weddings… have you thought about a gift registry for your big day? With so many Irish couples living together before getting married maybe you think a gift registry isn’t relevant and that cash is king. However, wouldn’t it be nice to get something you’ll both enjoy doing or treasure for a lifetime instead? Create an online gift registry that suits your unique tastes, here are some unusual Irish gift ideas to get you started…
Giving something personal as a wedding gift isn’t easy but Little White Dog, based in Dublin have a lovely gift idea for a couple to hang in their home. The three letters can be customised with maps showing locations that are special to a couple. Why not request a gift voucher and have your initials showing maps of your home places with an ‘&’ representing a place or an interest that you both share? The company has lots of maps, atlases and beautiful papers available. Cost from €180, order time is 3-4 weeks. www.LittleWhiteDog.ie
Learning something fun and useful after the wedding could be just the ticket. What about a voucher for a bread making class? It would certainly get your marriage off to a fiery start learning to make a tasty selection of breads together in Delgany’s Firehouse Bakery, Co. Wicklow. An evening class with celebrity bread-maker, Patrick Ryan, will involve lots of hands-on kneading and a wood fired oven but everyone leaves with recipes, ingredients, a baker’s goodie bag and plenty of baked goods. An evening session costs €130 per couple, www.firehousebakery.ie
Learning how to cook up a storm in your own kitchen after the wedding could add some spice! There are lots of amazing Irish cookery schools around, in Wicklow, for example Catherine Fulvios’, Ballyknocken House cookery school be the one. They offer a Friday night getaway in their guesthouse with delicious treats on arrival, award-winning breakfast the next morning followed by your cookery session with morning coffee and lunch for €359 per couple. If you have a passion for food or no cooking skills between you this could be a great wedding present to add to your list. www.cookeryschool.ie
What will you do with your wedding dress after your big day? If it has any sentimental value then take a look a Couture Care, Ireland’s only dedicated wedding dress dry-cleaners, based in Duleek, Co.Meath. They will come to your wedding venue the day after and pick up your dress by courier, assess, clean and repair, beautifully box it for long-term storage and return it to your door. They have very transparent prices listed on their website FAQ page and costs are directly linked to the value of the dress, with boxes also priced according to their size. Request a gift voucher in multiples of €50 and have your dress and memories stored perfectly. www.couturecare.ie
There’s something special about sending a card or note by post, especially these days when email has become so prominent. Announce your change of status as Mr and Mrs with some beautiful personalised stationery from elegant designer Marie Bradley of Finer Details, based in Co. Cork. These bespoke notelets and matching envelopes are a gorgeous way to drop someone a note to say ‘hello’ or ‘thank you.’ A gift set of 50 will cost €87.50 www.finerdetails.ie
With all the celebrating you are likely to do in the months following your nuptials it might be a good idea to have some suitable champagne glass wear in the house. What could be nicer than sharing a glass of bubbly in these beautiful John Rocha flutes? Available in Anvil on Bray’s Main Street for €110 per pair or in lots of good homeware stores nationwide.
With your wedding dress likely to be in the attic or guest bedroom wardrobe, Wedding Dress Ink offers you a way of making it part of your home after the special day. Only needing photographs of the bride in her dress on her wedding day, Wicklow-based artist Audrey Vance, creates a black n’ white ink, fashion illustration that will turn photographs into a treasured heirloom. Each bespoke painting is completely one-off and includes the shoes and bouquet with optional framing. A perfect gift voucher for the bride who loves her dress! Prices from €295, order time 4 weeks. www.WeddingDressInk.com
Wishing any couple getting married soon all the very best of luck and hope you enjoy a great big day with your friends and family.