Wedding season is now in full swing and many of us are spending what feels like every other weekend at a castle in Scotland, a hacienda in Ibiza or even at the Natural History Museum (what a venue!), round the corner from Kiki McDonough. With weddings come wedding presents and the ensuing minefield of appropriate gifting so here are some suggestions to ensure you and your bridal party look the part.
FOR THE BRIDE
Kiki’s golden rule for brides: “Always buy something you can wear after the wedding too”. On your wedding day, the classics are classics for a reason; pearls and diamonds look beautiful with a white dress but won’t detract from it. “Pearls are always a good idea, and they can be worn again and again,” Kiki says, “or something beautifully simple like the Grace white topaz studs. If you’re wearing a tiara, you won’t want enormous earrings!” Another brilliantly versatile option is a pair of little diamond hoops, in white gold or yellow gold – “then your fiancé,” Kiki suggests, “can buy you a pair of detachable drops as a wedding present!” For even more bridal inspiration, check out our article from April where we discussed 2018 wedding trends with Kiki.
FOR THE GROOM
We appreciate that most of the guests will be looking at the bride but it’s important that the groom looks and feels his best as well. Fiancées treating their other half to a wedding gift can browse our range of cufflinks to find his perfect match. If the wedding is a formal affair, this diamond and mother-of-pearl pair will suit him down to the ground – and he’ll want these matching dress studs too. If he’s rather more flamboyant, try a bright colour combination, such as lime green and sky blue, or duck egg and raspberry.
FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS
Bracelets and bangles are the very best option for bridesmaids – it eliminates all the worries about whether a pair of earrings suits them all, about the size of their ring fingers or whether a necklace will go with their dresses. Plus Kiki’s rule of thumb applies to all wedding jewellery, not just brides – “you want them to be able to enjoy wearing your gift more than once, not just on your big day”. The Amity collection is inspired by friendship – find out more here – so it’s ideal as a special gift for your maid of honour, as in an Eden diamond bracelet. For the bridesmaids, a Memories bracelet is the perfect present – choose an animal that reminds you of her, whether she’s obsessed with pugs or penguins, sausage dogs or cats, elephants or monkeys.
This traditional English rhyme (of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue) has been attributed to Lancashire since 1883. The colour blue was a sign of fidelity and, if you choose to wear jewellery as your ‘something blue’, you can make the most of beautiful stones such as blue topaz and tourmaline. “If you do opt for colour”, Kiki points out, “it will also look great on honeymoon”.
If you’re a bridesmaid or groom and you’d like to buy the bride-to-be a lovely blue gift that isn’t jewellery, this pale blue tray handcrafted from pebble grain leather will look beautiful on her dressing table (and in any wedding photographs taken of her jewellery as she’s getting ready). The matching jewellery roll or stud box is the perfect solution for honeymoon travelling – she’ll thank you for it!
THE WEDDING GALLERY
Couples can book an appointment at The Wedding Gallery, a 20,000 sq.ft. bridal emporium in central London – you’ll find everything from dresses and suits to flowers, cakes, a beauty salon and, of course, jewellery, including Kiki McDonough. Click here to plan your visit.
Please do come in to see us at 12 Symons Street in Sloane Square – we’d be delighted to advise you on jewellery for your big day.Back to KiKi Stories