Image courtesy of The White Company.
“If you’ve not heard of the term Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) then you must have been hiding under a rock. It’s the new ‘thing’ and we have the super cool Danes to thank. Considered to be among the happiest people in the world, they might just be onto something…”
That little snippet is taken from my latest lifestyle feature over on B.LOVED where I look at how to hygge. Whilst for some this may be seen as a passing trend, the actual sense of hygge has been around for many years. Hygge is all about being connected, being in the moment, appreciating the small things, sharing intimacy and belonging to a community.
All of these sentiments are so true when it comes to weddings and indeed I think the ethos of hygge is a fundamental process in our decision making, whether we’re conscious of it or not. The venues we’re increasingly seeing are those that focus on the warm, friendly, home-from-home vibes that our relaxed couples crave. Our venue choices are also influenced by our own sense of style (obviously!) and our love for interiors, architecture and design. So with all of this in mind, we asked our Gift List partners Prezola to create a seasonally inspired hygge list.
I hope you like it… I’m off to light a candle!
Hygge is probably one of my favourite words at the moment and there’s no wonder why. This Danish act of creating a nice atmosphere is all about enjoying life with good people around you. When it’s dark outside and the weather’s looking glum, we all need that extra boost so fill your home with candles, wrap a thick blanket around you and feel all snuggly for winter.
These days, the minefield of wedding etiquette has thankfully eased and you’re generally able to create a wedding that breaks the norm here and there – or everywhere! – to create your own very special occasion that’s a true reflection of you both, and the same goes for your Gift List.
Friends and family dearly want to help you get set up in your shared home (even if you already live together), and with Prezola, the’ve got it covered. There’s 30,000 gorgeous gifts to choose from, supplied by 300 top homeware brands, including favourites like Wedgwood and The White Company, together with specialist boutique brands such as Nkuku and OKA, so you’re bound to find items you love. It’s everything the high street has to offer, in one place. And if you opt for our Premier Plus account, which costs just £59, you’ll be able to add an unlimited number of honeymoon funds, cash contributions, charity donations and custom gifts of your choice to your list, too with no fees, third parties or commission.
The key is to include lots of different price points, and both traditional items such as quality linen, cutlery and ovenware with more modern choices that show your personalities and hobbies, from art to outdoor items to useful kitchen equipment to fun experiences and day trips.
So where do you start..? Compiling a wedding list can be quite daunting with so much choice! Here’s my top must haves that should be on every modern couple’s wedding registry.
This is all about useful, quality items you’ll love cooking with for decades. It’s hard to beat Le Creuset, which is one of our number one sellers. It will last you a lifetime so think carefully about your colour choice if you’re the sort who likes to coordinate. Or just go ahead and mix it up with a rainbow of options!
Le Creuset Coastal Ovenware, £7.00 – £220.00.
A quality dinner service
A clean, simple, white dinner service is a must-have. Look for elegantly rendered fine, white bone china that’s versatile enough to dress up or down at your next gathering.
Wedgwood by Jasper Conran China, £16.00 – £170.00.
Quirky personalised gifts
One of the big trends we’re noticing in wedding gifts is for couples to reflect their true personalities by choosing bespoke gifts like personalised wall art or retro decor. It’s a chance for your guests to buy something that’s really you.
Home Sweet Home
Some of us like to take on a little more than we can chew at any one time, right…? If you find yourself saving for the wedding and that home renovation then here at Prezola we can actually help with those costs! As part of the New Beginnings inspiration you can ask guests for a cash contribution towards your new home, whether it’s that fancy bathroom that’s on the wishlist, a kitchen makeover or just general home improvements.
New Kitchen Fund, £50.
Electrical items are no longer the functional but necessary items on a wedding gift list! For instance, if one of you has a love of vinyl, you can enjoy listening to your favourite records wherever you go on one of our Crosley Cruiser Turntables. It’s modelled on a vintage suitcase and it’s surprisingly lightweight, available in a huge range of colours with a built-in stereo speaker too.
Crosley Cruiser Turntable, available in various colours £74.99 – £89.99.
Images by Timeless Pictures.
Monday mornings – I’m sure we all have our own routines to kick-start our week right…?
Well last Monday I was well and truly thrown when I stepped away from the usual desk position and headed to the picturesque Richmond-upon-Thames, where apparently bhuti lies within…
The story starts with The Bingham. I absolutely adore this venue. It’s graced these pages many a time and it’s been a personal bookmark for many a family occasion; so when I was asked if I wanted to make another visit to try out their brand new Spa called bhuti, there was only one answer.
Bhuti & The Bride
bhuti is an eco and wellbeing escape located a stones throw from the hotel. Offering a range of natural and organic spa treatments, bhuti is a perfect extension of The Bingham’s luxury ethos and offers a range of treatments designed to ensure you feel radiant from within. From yoga classes and nutrition workshops, to thermal detox massages and inner peace treatments, bhuti offers a treatment for everyone covering a range of Complementary therapies including Reiki, Acupuncture and Homeopathy, all carried out using only the finest natural and organic products proudly made in England.
You may have a small inclination by now that planning a wedding can be teensy bit stressful, so I personally think taking time out – whether it’s with your husband-to-be, with your girlfriends or just by yourself – is essential. You can therefore visit bhuti for a pick me up throughout your wedding planning or enjoy some pampering on the eve or morning of your big day. The stresses of wedmin and to-do lists can quite simply be left at the door as soon as you step into the idyllic and tranquil surroundings.
Image by Horseshoe Photography.
There’s no hiding it, wedding gift lists often end up being ‘a girly thing’ for some reason. It’s basically shopping without the cost (which is fun for everyone) but can get commandeered by the bride by adding cute cushions and candle holders.
At Prezola, there’s something for everyone and for every style whether you’re into tech, food or adventure. Here’s a selection of items that we think the groom will love (and so will you!) and can even persuade him to get excited about gift lists!
Gifts for the Groom!
Ben Rothery Print, £30 – Decorate the man cave with some gentlemanly prints from up and coming artist Ben Rothery. His collection on Prezola has some breathtaking illustrations that look unbelievably real, alongside animals with higher fashion than Tom Hiddleston.
Foosball table, £112 – Possibly the ultimate dream for guys is to have their very own foosball table. This mini version will keep him happy for hours, and won’t take up too much room in the home either!
DeLonghi Espresso Machine in Gunmetal Grey, £199.99 – This bad boy will fulfil all of his coffee needs and comes in really cool colours such as Champagne, Black, White and Gunmetal Grey. It’s not so expensive that it will scare off your guests and will make him slightly less grumpy in the mornings too.
B&O Play Beolit Bluetooth Speaker, £399 – This speaker is stylish and has excellent features that any music lover would go crazy for. Get the party started by playing music from your phone, or simply just to listen to while washing the dishes.
Images courtesy of Otaduy.
Glitter and mirror balls, the glamour of the endless parties of Studio 54 and New York in the seventies, David Bowie and Bianca Jagger riding onto the dance floor on horseback… Glamour and disco are two of the main sources of inspiration for the new Otaduy collection, ‘I Do’.
Otaduy is a new concept of bridal firm that is inspired by music, cinema and art, and specially designed for brides with personality, who really want to be themselves on their wedding day.
For Otaduy, each collection is unique, with its own heart and soul, its own body. In designing them, founder Carolina, takes inspiration from different moments, experiences and even feelings. But always staying true to the character of the brand and its particular sources of inspiration, which can be as simple as drinking coffee from a glass mug, putting on red lipstick to go to the cinema or listening to music while riding a bike on a pleasant spring evening. A brand that is always changing but always true to itself.
I’m kicking off this piece with Otaduy’s film… Because it’s all kinds of epic and after that intro it only seems fitting.
Enjoy this Friday bridal inspo gang!
Notes from Otaduy
Otaduy’s history begins with one of those brides who do not want to be the same as the rest! A friend of mine was worried about finding a dress that truly reflected her personality so we decided that I would design it, as a test, as an adventure! On her wedding day she was radiant and I was filled with excitement at being able to participate in that, so I decided that it was the beginning of another beautiful story, the story of my atelier.
For me, the best part of my job is to be able to create designs inspired by a range of different sources from art and cinema to music. I’ve created my own universe where I can explore and develop my creativity, where I feel comfortable and happy.