Monday, 22 January 2018


An increasing number of my brides and grooms are choosing to incorporate gift giving into their wedding or vow renewal ceremonies. But before you baulk at the thought of additional costs to what is already an expensive event, gifts don't have to "break the bank" and can add a really personal touch to your special day.

One creative bride surprised her groom with a handmade aloha garland of roses in deference to their mutual passion for Hawaii Five O. Neither he nor their guests knew anything about this special gesture that she "snuck" into their wedding ceremony. 

He loved it and the guests were thrilled. It was also a great precursor to their closing music when they walked back down their garden aisle as husband and wife to the Hawaii Five O TV series soundtrack.
Thank you mum

Mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts are sometimes given a single rose, often from the bride and groom's own garden, as a way of showing appreciation for their support. Roses are an iconic symbol of love so what better way to say thank you. This stunning flower can also be presented as the first gifts that the couple give to each other.

Matthew & Kerrie
Another couple wanted a longer than usual ceremony when they renewed their vows to one another. It went closer to an hour rather than the standard half an hour. One of the keys to a successful ceremony is to have lots of different elements to add interest and pace. So this bride and groom incorporated a gift giving section to acknowledge the role that their family and friends played in their lives and to thank those who provided the cake, music and photography.

These gifts might normally have been presented during the reception but by adding them to the couple's vow renewal ceremony, it added a lovely element of surprise and helped guests to feel like they were participating in the event rather than merely observing.
Colourful thanks

The bride made many of the gifts herself so the gesture was very personal and ideal for the budget conscious which, let's face it, most of us are.

For a couple with a connection to the sea, something as simple as collecting shells or pebbles from a beach, and painting them for your guests as a memento of your special day, can be effective.

So if you're looking for wedding trends for 2018 that add a personal touch, involve your guests and don't need to cost much if anything, you can't do better than incorporating gift giving into your wedding ceremony.