13 Handpicked Wedding Favours For The Guests Who Appreciate Luxuryby | June 02, 2019
When Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tied the knot in a dream Italian wedding, they made sure that their guests didn’t have to bear the cost of airfare and accommodation. The combined fare cost the couple $900,000, and this was TomKat’s wedding favour to their guests. And though this sounds like a great idea, there are still some of us that would like to go the old-school route of handing out bespoke gifts that demonstrate functionality and luxury to their guests.
If you fall in the second category, most weekends you may find yourself standing in a store, staring at a product unconvincingly, and finally buying something you are not even sure your guests will like. This generic thoughtfulness is pretty common and unintentional. But don’t stress just yet because we did the research for you and have distilled out one-of-a-kind wedding favours that are beautiful and memorable.
An Exotic Skincare Selection
Rather than giving away wellness capsules, gift your guests an experience of luminous luxury with the plushest moisturizer ever or a cream mask that comes in the chicest packaging. Putting some time and thought into your guests’ skincare regime can be the best gift you can give them, and they'll definitely appreciate the thought - especially the ones who don’t know the difference between an essence and a toner!
Luxeva Recommends: Personalised Bespoke Set from La Mer ($200). It comes with a complimentary chic La Mer bag to hold the little luxuries.
What Makes It Great: A top-shelf skin saviour, La Mer products have a cult following among A-listers. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West gifted products worth $200 to their guests in their 2014 fairytale wedding.
A Show-Stopper Champagne Bottle
A celebratory occasion calls for a luxury beverage. Use your wedding as an excuse to splurge on spirits imported from France that dare to make a statement. Eye-catching and delicious, who doesn’t love specially designed bottles from a limited-run edition?! With a pop, fizz, and clink you can take the concept of wedding favours to the next level.
Luxeva Recommends: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, 2011 from The Champagne Company ($115).
What Makes It Great: Apart from its signature taste, what catches your eye is the hand-drawn Japanese white anemone flowers on the vintage bottle that breathe luxury and sophistication.
An Engraved Clock
Add meaning and a message to your gift with a touch of personalisation in the form of engraving, embossing or etching. Timeless and effortless, you just can’t go wrong with a classic timepiece. When Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban got married, they spent over $80,000 buying engraved clocks for their wedding guests. In fact, the clocks had the words, “A Moment In Time” inscribed on them.
Luxeva Recommends: Nickel Twin Bell Alarm Clock from Tiffany & Co. ($525).
What Makes It Great: A quintessential handcrafted work of art, buyers can also have a significant date or meaningful message engraved on this retro alarm clock.
Take inspiration from Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding and gift your guests a timeless piece of jewellery that they'll cherish forever. Longoria and Parker gifted each female guest a Sweet Alhambra bracelet from Van Cleef & Arpels that featured a mother of pearl clover charm. Talk about wedding favours!
Luxeva Recommends: Nocturne Maria Pink Necklace from Ikka Dukka (Rs 14,000).
What Makes It Great: The necklace is an assortment of iridescent glass and metal with crochet detailing. This statement piece screams glamour and finesse through and through.
Perfumes and fragrances make for great wedding favours and memorable keepsakes, primarily because every bottle has a unique heritage and history to its credit. For your special ones, get customised fragrances that are an extension of their personalities. When Nandini Piramal, the daughter of Ajay and Swati Piramal and sister of Anand Piramal was getting married in 2009, the guests were given a specially designed set of perfumes from France that was worth INR 35,000.
Luxeva Recommends: Feminine Travel & Gift Set from Clive Christian ($373).
What Makes It Great: Fruity, woody, floral, chypre, and fougére - collectively make a set of these five travel-friendly miniature amber bottles.
Silver Plated Photo Frames
The endless pictures that your guests will take at your wedding demand a classic frame. Allow them to cherish those memories in gorgeous silver-plated frames with a well-polished finish like Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh did at their Lake Como wedding. Can there be a more thoughtful and practical purchase than this? Definitely not.
LUXEVA Recommends: Olivia Riegel Silver Alexis Frame from Bloomingdale's (Rs 13,093).
What Makes It Great: Hundreds of European crystals and glass encrusted on a concentric silver frame add to the sophistication of this artwork.
Luxury Bed Linen
White Egyptian cotton, satin or silk, luxury bed sheets and duvets feel fabulous and promise those precious eight hours a night. With an average human spending one-third of their life under the sheets, don’t these make the perfect return gift?
Luxeva Recommends: MAWC Wheelflower Ivory Duvet Filler from By Adab (INR 14,550).
What Makes It Great: Composed of soft long staple cotton sateen jacquard and featuring an intricate Arabesque lace around the top sheet.
Sure, a bottle of vintage wine and designer jewellery are a no-brainer, but if you're looking for something heirloom-worthy, consider silver-plated tableware. Chic and sleek, these are not only functional but they also add a statement to any table setting. And there's also the fact that they're great conversation starters.
Luxeva Recommends: Godinger Olde Bouquet Flatware Set from Bed Bath And Beyond (INR 26,370).
What Makes It Great: The stunning floral pattern on the handle adds an impressive touch to the flatware and enhances the table setting.
Vintage Decor Item
A stylish decor item is a perfect gift for that one person in your guest list who has almost everything. And what works better than a vintage mirror? Guests can use this as a keepsake or as a fashionable addition to their rare collection. After all, an antique piece can instantly update any space.
Luxeva Recommends: Vintage Spanish Sunburst Mirror With Backlight from 1stdibs ($1900).
What Makes It Great: The mirror has gold leaf-embossed tole rays around a huge central mirror.
Cashmere Travel Set
Anything that is cashmere is wedding-worthy. It gives off a vibe of luxurious sophistication while making one feel right at home. This travel set includes three pieces made out of pure cashmere - a cosy throw, an eye mask, and a drawstring bag with silk lining.
Luxeva Recommends: Travel Set from Naked Cashmere ($325).
What Makes It Great: You can add monograms on each of these pieces for a personal touch.
A Designer Luggage Bag
We love the precision and attention to detail with which these designer luggage bags are made. Plus, they serve as a major statement piece on all those exotic vacations. The traveller in your guest list will love these bags for the many stylish and functional possibilities they offer.
Luxeva Recommends: Ophidia GG Carry-On Duffle from Gucci ($1980).
What Makes It Great: The duffle bag is a modern take on Gucci’s belt buckle from the '70s. The double G appears over a textured leather detail.
Luxury Vases And Decorative Jars
Think delicate glass vases or chic marble urns with the prettiest blooms. Classic, handmade, and perfect pieces of art, these decor items will serve as stunning centrepieces when filled with flowers.
Luxeva Recommends: Guaxs Petrol Gobi Glass Vase from LuxDeco ($734).
What Makes It Great: We totally love the ridged surface of the vase that creates a rippled effect.
A big fat Indian wedding calls for a big box of luxury sweets. Gourmet guests will savour besan ladoos with French Valrhona chocolate or pedas with rich caramel filling not just for the delectable taste but also the rich packaging. And Arq Mithai offers guests just that.
Luxeva Recommends: Besan Ladoos with French Valrhona chocolate from ARQ Mithai (Prices are between INR 1,600 and 3,600 for a box of sweets).
What Makes It Great: Their mithais are an amalgamation of French pastries and Indian mithais. Plus they're packed in Insta-worthy recyclable boxes.
These bespoke gifts will certainly impress even the most discerning people on your guest list. Just a reminder, while you are busy picking out these gifts for them, don’t ignore that voice in your head that's asking you to buy one for yourself too!
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