What to get the bride and groom can be the toughest decision for any wedding guest. (After what to wear, of course!) Lists are getting shorter as the preference seems to be in favour of a monetary offering over registries. It is advisable to try and stick to the list but if like most people, you leave everything to the last minute, you may prefer to opt for a more meaningful present that creates memories for years to come and reflects your friendship. After all it's the thought that counts!
Here are ten top ideas to make your gift memorable -
1) Picnic in the Park
A blanket, some delicious and perfectly presented food and wine and a few outdoor games makes for an enjoyable and relaxing time. The Richmond Hill Hotel can offer a beautifully prepared champagne picnic with a traditional picnic rug and even provide a couple of kites for a windy day! If the wedding couple are the outdoorsy types they may enjoy a stroll through the botanical gardens at Kew or a 7 mile cycle around Richmond Park.
From £40 per person
2) A Tasty Experience
For a couple who are already living together how about a wine or gin tasting or cookery experience. A fun day out for the couple that not only gives them another string to their bow but can be a romantic time together.
From £50 per head
3) A Unique and Thoughtful Gift of Nature
A wonderfully unique and thoughtful idea would be to give them a donation to their favourite Charity. Alternatively to make it totally unique you could chose a woodland dedication. If you choose to dedicate an area of woodland to a couple, you have the opportunity to personalise the area with a bench or grove post.
4) Fortnum and Mason Personalised Champagne
Staying on the personal theme Fortnum and Mason offer a personalised Rose champagne you could buy 1 or a case that can be used for future celebrations.
5) Afternoon Tea at the Richmond Hill Hotel and The Grand Brighton
A beautiful ritual and celebration of tea and its Theatre, accompanied by delicate, charming treats of sandwiches, pastries and cakes. These two delightful venues offer a totally different experience of either ‘Afternoon Tea by the Sea’ at The Grand served every day in the opulent Victoria Terrace, or Afternoon Tea in the Georgian Pembroke restaurant at the Richmond Hill Hotel in the heart of historical Richmond surrounded by natural parks and wildlife.
The perfect post nuptial rest for the bride and groom is a Mini-Moon where the newly married couple can enjoy a few days of unwinding, relaxation and the like, before honeymooning somewhere usually more exotic later in the year. A double room in either the Richmond Hill Hotel or a Classic Double Room at The Grand, Brighton including breakfast.The Grand Brighton offers plentiful pursuits where you can go from breakfast in bed to the spa in a matter of minutes.
From £100 per night The Grand Hotel, Brighton. Richmond Hill Hotel
7) Adventure Day
Give the happy couple a thrilling day out from skydiving to hot air balloons, this is a gift everyone loves but never buy for themselves. Find out what's their thrill and give them a goose bump experience!
8) Romantic Anniversary Champagne Dinner
Treat the happy couple to their first anniversary dinner at The Pembrokes Restaurant, Richmond Hill Hotel. Starting with a cocktail or two watching the sun go down, the happy couple can drift back over the memories of their special day. Located in the old Georgian House in relaxed, charming surroundings, the restaurant offers delectable Modern British cuisine which plays perfectly to the season, enthusiastically produced by an inventive and passionate chef.
9) Heart of the Ocean Couples Package at The Grand Hotel, Brighton
Beyond Brighton's vibrant seafront, pebbly shores, colourful energy and quirky vibes, escape to a haven of pure relaxation and indulgence. Just like drifting out to sea, this wonderfully relaxing experience allows the happy couple to float away to a place of calm and true tranquillity, appreciating some precious time-out together. 75 minutes - 50 minute aromatherapy massage followed by a 25 minute facial.From £190
10) A Gift Voucher
If you are really struggling with a gift idea and feel, uncomfortable giving cash, a gift voucher from a store or venue the couple love is always gratefully received. An acceptable amount depending on your budget would be between £50 - £100, however whatever the amount you give will be gratefully received.
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