No one can argue that a couple’s wedding day is one of the most incredible and important days of their life. In one beautiful, crazy ritual, two people join hands, jump off the proverbial cliff of singledom and, with incredible trust and love, hope for the best. Such a powerful commitment deserves an equally powerful (and one-of-a-kind) gift to commemorate and remind the couple of the meaning behind the ceremony and beauty of that day.
This season, we challenge you to rise above the registry and opt for something truly unique that the couple will remember forever. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas:
1) CUSTOM CAKE TOPPERS
Ceramic artist Marilee Hall creates handmade, original cake toppers to resemble the wedding couple. With several options available for commission, Hall’s cake toppers come in a variety of sizes and price points, making for a wonderful centerpiece on the big day and an equally wonderful home accent to remind the couple of the intensity of their love on that day. Commission a cake topper.
2) AN ORIGINAL SONG
Elizabeth Williams, among several songwriters, works with people to compose original, deeply intimate songs based on their subject matter of choice. Collaborating with you on the lyrics and tone, Williams can create a romantic ballad, reminiscent folk piece, or even a hilarious joke song to roast the groom during the reception. Commission a song.
3) CLASSIC OIL PORTRAITURE
Master painter and portrait artist Stanley Rayfield has nailed the timeless art of portraiture. Just send him a clear photograph of the couple (or person), and Rayfield will transform it into an elegant and sophisticated work of art forever encapsulating the love and excitement of that moment.
4) A ONE-OF-A-KIND POEM
Especially handy for speech-giving when you aren’t the writing type, a poem is the perfect, concise (did we mention affordable?) way to show a loved one how much you care. Poet Jesse Gottschalk offers several types of poetry for commission with a delightfully dry sense of humor.
5) MINIATURE CAKE REPLICAS
If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, metal artist Amber Harrison offers a truly unique commission: miniature, sterling silver cake replicas. Available in one-, two-, and three-tiers, each tiny cake is custom made and hand-painted to match your vision, so when the real thing is gone the newlyweds will still have a bite-sized reminder of how delicious it was. Plus, the look on their faces when they unwrap the smallest gift in the room will be priceless. Commission a miniature cake.