The Day That…
During my wedding planning adventures I have come across several "must buys" - from chocolate fountains (they're a must buy, right?) to lavish balloons above the dance floor which cascade down for the first dance, I have seen it all and in the moment it can be so easy to think of COURSE I need balloons?! Who has a wedding WITHOUT balloons!
I was chatting to a jeweller the other day who pointed out that most people spend over £1,000 on their dress but only want to spend £200 on their rings – which one do you wear forever? A bit of a no-brainer – when all the glitter, tears, fun and frolics have passed in that brief (yet terrifically expensive) 24 hours – what is left? I will still have the dress but who really wears a wedding dress again? You’re never going to shorten ‘n’ dye it – you just won’t! The cake will be long eaten, chocolate fountain packed away and balloons popped or deflated. So what’s left is the wedding rings, the photographs and the memories. That is pretty much it.
So on the hunt for a wedding gift for my fiancé I was so impressed to find ‘The Day That’ who photograph the sun rising in Cornwall on the day of your wedding as a gift. But hang on….how am I going to get a photograph taken, processed, wrapped and sent to him by 10am on the morning of the wedding?! Aha! What you do is send a gift voucher with a stunning photograph of the sun rising on the day you got engaged and inside it says:
“As you are reading this, photographers have gone out and captured the sun rising on the morning of our special day so that your wedding gift will be a bespoke piece of art, a personalised sunrise of our own to keep forever.”
Very exciting, I have never seen a gift like this before and I thought it was fabulous! It is personal, romantic and unique to us – it will hang on our wall and remind us of our perfect day. It certainly beats cufflinks as a gift, that’s for sure!
Looking at the website I see a quote from Emma Bunton and I soon discover it is a popular gift with celebs – after all, it’s the gift that money just can’t buy. Fearing a remortgage or a new interest free credit card for 3 years to afford this one – deep breath… £250 is the most EXPENSIVE print! (Inc framing). This can’t be right – I pick up the phone and get a lovely young man at the end of it – I explain my concerns and he clarifies that actually it really IS £250 for what is called “Exhibition” size and they currently have an offer that if you buy one you get a second smaller print (for the parents or a member of the bridal party) free. Well, I am sold! What a lovely romantic gift for Mr. C (ahem, me!) which can stay in our lounge as a reminder of our vows. I hang up feeling extremely excited and wondering if I can join some sort of loyalty club (I join the Facebook page which is a good start!) then I click “Add to favourites” on my browser – because I know I will be back very soon!