And so it begins—spring—which means more time outside and in the garden, or just an al fresco lunch in the warmer southern climes, daffodils dancing around, and Easter approaching. But it also signals the beginning of wedding season for real, that season that gathers its revelers throughout March, April and May and crescendos in JUNE. This spring I’m shopping at Taigan, whether for wedding, bridesmaids, groomsmen, or even hostess gifts, I know I’ll find what I’m looking for.
A trousseau must have: the LFD—the little floral dress. Whether you’re honeymooning in the Florida Panhandle or St. Bart’s, this Sardinia Smock Sleeve Dress by Glamourpuss will take you from cover-up to cocktails.
The perfect bridesmaids OR groomsmen gift, this wee brass box can hold calling cards, earrings, cufflinks, or even change. Add a monogram and wedding date, done.
In with the Old by Peak of Chic blogger, Jennifer Boles, is already one of my go-to wedding/shower gifts. It’s a primer on the mainstays of decorating, full of fun watercolor illustrations and engagingly accessible information from the author. It’s peppered with inspirational and educational quotes from some of Boles’ favorite design icons. Confidence on paper.
This gold-colored, hand-blown pitcher by Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass is a work of art that pours, and one the couple is sure to use on all occasions as they remember you fondly.
For that bride-to-be who’s been to the Cordon Bleu, loves antiquities, and cannot wait to try out her new mad skills, this late 19th-century stockpot by Coppermill Kitchen will no doubt garner you one of her first dinner invites.
With its crisp Argentine graphic, and warm saddle colored leather, this La Matera woven belt makes a memorable and somewhat exotic groomsmen’s gift. As a matter of fact, I gave one to my groom and he has his on right now—he loves it.
For those who host your wedding parties or just invite you two to dinner, this New Orleans gift box from Sucré is a sweet way to thank them for their hospitality.
Every couple needs/wants that one piece that is timeless and fine to give their first digs a sense of gravitas. In a powder room or over a flea market find, this antique sunburst mirror will light up their life together.
Arm candy for groomsmen: Karen Hemphill Designs will monogram these aircraft aluminum/stainless steel cuff links in the round.
Brides love to show off their new initials. For a linen shower, or just because, commemorate the marriage with these punchy coral cocktail napkins with her monogram in white.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a wedding picture even more. Give the couple this handsome link-patterned, enamel-and-plate frame to capture the day. You can’t have too many.
I can so see the bride leaving on her honeymoon with this fresh take on the classic carryall. with its sassy red trim. By 100% Capri, its 100% chic.
For a tropical honeymoon and beyond, these Turkish–T basic beach blankets do triple duty as beach towels, sarongs, or even tablecloths. I have one in almost every color. They make GREAT bridesmaids gifts too!
It’s just human nature to want to bring a bit of the outside into our homes. These Green Leaf placemats from William-Wayne & Co. do the trick, and since they’re wipeable, they’re perfect for busy newlyweds.
Give your groom this cool leather Aspen Carry On from Waltzing Matilda for the honeymoon, and then give him the other two sizes for birthday and Christmas.
A. Barclay’s light-blue Italian linen scarf is a honeymoon must-have. It keeps you warm on those chilly plane rides, and keeps you looking cool when you get there.
I think this Wonki Ware vase from Iris & Co. will make an arranger out of any new bride (or groom for that matter). Just fill with water and blue hydrangeas, and voila! Off-duty, it can hold pencils.
If you your want your flower girl covered in flowers (and why wouldn’t you?!), put her in this smocked floral print dress from Busy Bees. It’s just the thing for that informal outdoor wedding.
It’s a good sign from the Lettered Olive, Tara Guerard’s letterpress paper emporium. Finish your special day with this elegantly emphatic sentiment as you drive off into the sunset.
If ever there was a time to take note, and notes, it’s pre-wedding. Any bride would adore this creamy, dreamy journal from Karen Adams Designs.
This comes under the heading of “I wish I’d had this when I was a newlywed.” Contract or better yet, ask the parents to contract fabulous Nashville based Jonathan Savage for a two-hour interior design consultation. This could even be a group wedding gift for the right design-savvy bride and/or groom.