You only need to do a quick Google search to realise that personalised gifts are ‘the thing’ right now, and with good reason. When it comes finding those one-of-a-kind items for your loved ones, there really is nothing more special than creating something that shows that you’ve thought about them specifically and picked something that they’ll really love.
But it can be difficult to get it just right. Here’s my top tips for creating a memorable and special personalised gift.
Start shopping now!
With everything that there is to do with planning a wedding, buying thank you gifts will enviably be left to the last minute. However if you start thinking about who you need to buy for NOW you’ll have lots more time to find something perfect.
The best way to figure out what kind of gift will be right for someone is to listen to them all year round. Truly awesome gifts generally do not just fall in front of you when you’re Googling “gift ideas for dad” the day before his birthday. It’s the thing that he’s mentioned in passing several times or that item he’s always going to visit when he pops into town.
Candles, bottles of Champagne and silver necklaces all make lovely bridesmaid gifts, but you know what’s better? A personalised candle, a bottle of champers that comes in a keepsake box with her name on it, or a necklace with a charm that says ‘Thank you Sarah for being my bridesmaid’ on it.
These are the kinds of thing that are going to make the recipient feel special, like you were really thinking about them specifically when you picked out their gift.
I have always dreamt of owning my very own neon sign for my office, something custom designed just for me that would make a big statement. But I assumed this was probably a bit of a pipe dream because of the expense and logistics. That was until I discovered bag&bones who were able to make my neon sign dreams come true!
Offering a large range of pre-designed signs from as little as £59, as soon as I stumbled across them on Instagram I was hooked. I then discovered that they offer a bespoke design service, where you can bring your own vision to life. So, of course, I emailed them immediately to find out the cost and if my rainbow sign dream could be made into a reality.
Their prices for smaller custom designs start from as little as £225 (mine was closer to £750 because of the size and number of colours), and bag&bones can translate everything from brand logos, classic lyrics and favourite quotes to energy efficient LED neon.
You can be as involved in the design process as you like, either submitting your own logo/ design or giving them some ideas and letting them come up with something fabulous. I actually spoke to our lead designer here at Rock n Roll Bride, Shauna, to ask her for font ideas (obviously I love her aesthetic and designs so she was definitely the person to ask for advice!) and she suggested this classic neon font. bag&bones were then able to take this, add the rainbow to the top and voila! Delivery was free and it took around 6 weeks to arrive once I’d confirmed my order.
I can not even TELL you how happy I am with my sign! Even Gareth loves it… Now I wonder if he’ll be up for getting another for the front room!? The sign is made of LED rather than traditional gas/glass neon, which not only keeps the costs down but means it way easier to install. You literally hang it on the wall like a picture, plug it in and go!
I’m yet to hang it on the wall, but I’m going to make it the centrepiece of a gallery wall in my office. I’ve bought some super cute prints from Society 6 and white frames from Wilko. It’s going to look amazing (if I do say so myself!)
Henry is a bit of a fan too, he loves the pink light and seems to want to stare at it just as much as I do!
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Emma and James love alternative culture (as you can see by all their tattoos!) but for their summer wedding they still wanted the theme to be feminine and timeless. They were married in Manchester at The Castlefield Rooms.
“I would describe our wedding theme as rustic, vintage and delicate”, began the bride. “We were inspired by a woodland and vintage items. I love all things wild and textured, and I would pick lace over satin and pearls over diamonds any day!”
The bride wore a dramatic fishtail gown, which she bought from Bridal Factory Outlet. “I had alterations to make to dress more fitted, lower the back (as it was previously a high back dress) and hidden hooks that thread your bra back through so it pulls down and hides wearing a bra. I kept my dress and accessories simple and to a minimum as my skin is decorated and i just think sometimes less is more!”