The most fun and creative part of any wedding is planning the wedding gifts and giveaways. With Indian weddings getting larger than life every year, the wedding gifts and giveaways are also getting a makeover, and are now exotic, personalized and fabulous. Jaspreet Soni talks about 10 ‘wow’ wedding gifts that make the occasion even grander:
Jiva Spa Vouchers
What can be a better wedding gift than exclusive experiences from the luxurious Jiva Spa at the Taj Hotels! Jiva Signature Experiences draws on the rich and ancient wellness heritage of India; the fabled lifestyle and culture of Indian royalty; and the healing therapies that embrace Indian spirituality. One of their must-try experiences is the 30 minute nourishing scrub followed by the 60 minute Indian Aromatherapy. Available at Jiva Grande, Taj Wellington Mews and Jiva Spa at Vivanta by Taj President in Mumbai.
Silver and Sterling Silver
Silver makes the perfect gift for well traveled people who look for trusted products that add to aesthetics and are yet functional. Wedding Planner Sneha Tejwani of Occasionz Unlimited says, “Silver and Sterling Silver is among the most sought after wedding gifts and giveaways this season, brands like ‘Episode’ and ‘Gorham’ offer photo frames, vases, intricate boxes, bowls, candle stands and much more. You can even order customized items designed exclusively for you.”
Photographs are the best way to relive memories. Kodak’s Easyshare P86 Digital Frame is a great gift because it has stunning image quality and can store up to 1000 images. Simply put in your USB and you are ready to walk down memory lane.
If you’re having a destination wedding in exotic locales don’t forget to add local flavor in the form of personalized giveaways. Says Bangkok-based Intiporn Kordonis who specializes in organizing Destination Weddings in Thailand: “The wedding gifts often come in pairs– unbreakable, exotic and a reminder of great moments. Typical local gifts like a pair of crystal slippers, handmade luxury trays made of wood, silk from Jim Thomson and bags from Naraya are very popular.”
Candles have moved on to become luxury items ranging from non-drip, scented to beautifully crafted pieces in the glass moulds. One much sought-after brand is Dimple Kapadia’s Faraway Tree. From Indian fragrances like cinnamon, rose to special series like ‘Tranquility’ for stress relief, they have it all. Diptyque is another premium brand for which fashion maestro John Galliano has created signature scents.
iPads and iPods
The latest and sleekest addition to the wedding gifts genre is electronic media. Wedding planner Neha Seth Arora states: “iPads, iPods and iPhones will be all-popular this season. Some families are also sending the wedding invitation through iPads.”
Patchi chocolates are pure indulgence. They are as much a temptation to eyes as to the palate. This premium global brand has a dedicated wedding line of beautifully decorated chocolates in giveaway boxes that are nothing less than genuine craftsmanship. They also offer a complete range of collectables and gift platters from renowned international brands like Ferro Murano and Limoges.
Artworks make the ultimate wedding gift for they combine beauty, culture, heritage and investment. The high potential gains is what makes this gift special.The artworks of artists like H R Das, and Aniket Khupse who are emerging fast on the art scene, have doubled in price in less than two years. Artists like Viraj Naik and Sudipto Tewari have also shown great potential.
The Nuptial Nest
If you are looking for something edgy, contemporary yet functional then you must checkout the collection ‘The Nuptial Nest’ by AA living, the luxury home interiors store in Mumbai. The collection designed to add ‘wow’ to the bridal wardrobe has the finest silk quilts, lustrous satin bed sheets, Turkish towels, accent cushions and beautiful jewellery organizers.
Sushil Wadhwa of Platinum Weddings says: “Swarovski embellished Pink Dom Perignon bottles with the brides and grooms initials are not adequate to elicit the ‘wows’, select guests receive a creation by a Couture King too. Recently, when a South-based baron’s daughter got married, many family friends received an exquisite Sabyasachi saree alongwith the invite. Business barons hosting a Big, Fat Wedding often get designers like Suneet Verma or JJ Valaya to design sarees, jackets or kurtas not just for the extended family but for close friends and business associates too.”