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Christmas tree decorations as a Wedding gift ?

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HappyJoyful Wed 05-Dec-12 11:59:16

BiddyPop - I added this to a message in the Anniversary Book I did and along with the decorations it was a resounding success given the beautiful message I got from the bride saying it made her cry and it was most thoughtful gift ever!
So thanks all for support and suggestions!!

BiddyPop Fri 30-Nov-12 15:49:01

For 1 Dec wedding, DH wanted to give a cheque as the gift but we got a personalised dec to give with the card as well which went down sooooo well with the couple (even more than the cheque as it was special to them).

I am giving Sis-IL's DP a "Bride's Box" for Christmas (I'd already bought SIL a beautiful handbag) as their new house is almost finished and they'll have some decs up even if not moved in: (I wasn't able to get fruit basket, but I have 12 including teh grapes).

I am putting together a second box of them as part of my Bro's wedding present next summer (have to get them now!).

From my saved info (from a website originally):
There is a German tradition that a new couple's Christmas tree should include 12 special ornaments to ensure their happiness during the coming years. Package the following ornaments in a special box for young couples in your family!
House for protection
Rabbit for hope
Teapot for hospitality
Bird for joy
Rose for affection
Fruit Basket for generosity
Fish for Christ's blessing
Pine Cone for fruitfulness
Santa for goodwill
Flower Basket for good wishes
Heart for true love
A glass grape ornament is also a German symbol of friendship. Giving this special ornament to a friend is a pledge of friendship, and makes a treasured keepsake as well.

HappyJoyful Thu 29-Nov-12 10:24:28

Aww ps, Poledra, I would be exactly like your Mum - my parents still have quite a few bits we were given as kids.

HappyJoyful Thu 29-Nov-12 10:23:30

Thank you for all the suggestions.

Managed to get some very simple plain wooden hearts and pretty clear glass bells and had a craft inspired night - the wooden ones have started the process of being decoupaged with images of the 14 London landmarks and the glass ones are going to be painted with the date of wedding / bride groom etc... I also got some felt ones, wooden dolls (which whilst I'd like to claim I've made to them - wont be doing so!) plus a simple white box, I'm now thinking brown paper and beautiful ribbons to wrap them up in sets inside lined with decent tissue paper ?
shabby / chic vintage look ??!

I love the london icons from selfridges, but bit out of price range now really to add. However, am going to go search locally as we have a couple of gift shops and I should remember to support them and think it needs now just the glass baubles to complete.

Oh plus my final bolt of inspiration is to add a leather bound notebook - I don't know if anyone has ever read a book by Adriana Trigiani - in it she says her husband gave her a beautiful book and each year on their anniversary they write each other a message.. I thought I would add this quote and a 'and buy a decoration to fill your box'.. something like that.

SantaHoHo Wed 28-Nov-12 16:13:26

Amazing idea. Let us know what you get.

Poledra Wed 28-Nov-12 14:59:59

I think it sounds lovely. My mum and dad had a lovely little carolsinger bauble that had been the first Christmas tree decoration they'd bought for their first married Christmas. I can still remember my mum crying the year she unpacked the decorations and it had got broken, and simultaneously berating herself for being a sentimental old fool! They'd been married for over 25 years at that point.

BeaLola Wed 28-Nov-12 14:55:09

I think that would be a lovely gift. do a London set. Selfridges have good selection too.

BiscuitNibbler Wed 28-Nov-12 13:37:41

Oh the Selfridges ones are lovely, 2anddone. I am very tempted myself now!

2anddone Wed 28-Nov-12 13:36:23

Just looked on Selfridges website they have a set of 6 tradional London icons for £27 or individual baubles from £10 don't know if they would be good?

2anddone Wed 28-Nov-12 13:22:43

Selfridges have loads of London inspired Christmas decs this year. They might have them on the website

BiscuitNibbler Wed 28-Nov-12 13:20:58

Ooh! A quick google and I found this!

London landmark tree decs

BiscuitNibbler Wed 28-Nov-12 13:18:47

I think it is a great idea, I would have loved this.

I have seen some London and British icon baubles this year. John Lewis had London buses, I know, because I bought one, but I can't find it on their web page now. My local garden centre also had things like black cabs, post boxes and phone boxes.

The thing I love most about Christmas is opening the boxes of decorations and remembering when I bought each one or who gave it to me. I think the couple will really appreciate it.

HappyJoyful Wed 28-Nov-12 11:43:48

aww thanks ladies for positive responses and reassurance.

I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks of certain decorations as cherished and that they are lovely to be passed on.

Wish I'd thought of the idea a tad earlier (3 days to go isn't great, seriously last minute me!) and given myself more time to prepare it but reckon I can pull it off now it's a goer..

Trying to now rack my brains for thoughts of how to connect some of them to the wedding - they've got London buildings as table names.. umm, bet you can get a Big Ben decoration somewhere..

WinklyVersusTheZombies Wed 28-Nov-12 11:38:43

We got married in December and gave beautiful boxed baubles as thank you gifts instead of flowers. People loved it and like pulling them out each year so I think the reverse is a great idea.

That sounds lovely. We got married in December and I would have loved them.

JemimaLovesJelly Wed 28-Nov-12 11:18:15

That sounds like a beautiful and thoughtful idea, it would be really nice to have something that they can pull out only once a year that reminds them of their wedding, which they can use forever and maybe pass on to their own children some day! Go for it!

mummyplonk Wed 28-Nov-12 10:57:36

Sounds a lovely idea, very unusual and thoughtful, go for it! You could make them look beautiful in a nice box. I remember my Mum got 4 glass baubles from Harrods as a present once, she absolutely cherished them.

HappyJoyful Wed 28-Nov-12 10:53:47

We are off to a wedding on Saturday and in a moment of what I hope is inspiration - I want to do something thoughtful and personal.. I wondered whether I could get a really nice box and fill it with a selection of decent christmas tree decorations ?

A quick google tells me I can buy Mr & Mrs ones and have them personalised, however, these are ridiculously pricey (imo) and I doubt I'd get them in time. But, I'm not without a bit of artistic skill and wondered whether I could paint on some glass baubles or terracotta ones ? Or even see if I could get some silver discs ? and get something engraved ?

I did even think I could write a tag saying to be added to on your anniversary ? But that's probably going a bit far! Perhaps something like a box for you to add to over the many happy years of marriage we hope you have ?

Have I lost the plot or would you think this was a thoughtful personal wedding gift ? Any ideas on my artistic thoughts ?

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