Get married in the great outdoors at this fairytale castle, historic abbey or French-style chateau. With stunning architecture, beautiful grounds, breath-taking views and stylish decor, here are 5 spectacular UK summer…
Written by Ali Beaven Last updated: July 5, 2012
It’s the end of June and the rain is lashing against the office window, while Amy, who heads up Prezola’s Personal Shopper team, is wrapped in her favourite Christmas jumper.
The lovely ladies at Confetti have asked for a column with a summer theme this month. Hmmm. Ever the optimist, I’m sure we’ll have a much overdue heatwave when you’re reading this in July!
This month we thought we’d share the top ten items that clients have added to their wedding gift lists, all with an unusual and summery slant! Here at Prezola, couples can add any item from any website, ably assisted by Amy and her team who refuse to be shocked by any request. It’s not all toasters and pasta bowls you know.
So, starting at number 10 it’s one for the boys with this Weber Smokey Joe barbecue from Heal’s at £52. Available in some awesome colours it’s compact and portable; perfect for the beach or garden and works well for tiny balconies too.
Very popular, since a photo shoot with the Duchess of Cambridge and her in-laws, is the Fortnum & Mason hamper. They range from £50 to £500 and that gorgeous basket will be around for years to come. Absolutely essential if your initials are F&M!
It doesn’t really matter if you live in a flat. Croquet sums up the British summer like Pimms and Wimbledon. We love this Budleigh set from The Conran Shop at £259. Definitely an heirloom in the making and perfect if you’re having a marquee.
You’ll also want plenty of champagne, so why not add some to your list? We’ve got a whole department dedicated to fizz and it’s amazingly popular, particularly to put down for your next big celebration (although you may be off the sauce by then). We’ve got personalised bottles starting at £30 through to a half case of Moet from Majestic Wine at £168.
Just in time for festival season, Selfridges have launched an amazing range of tents byFieldcandy, sporting really gorgeous prints. There’s a saucy ‘Get a room’ edition, a Union Jack and our favourite, this classic beach scene. Prices start at £395 so you may need a rich uncle or friends to club together.
Or, let someone else do the hard work. Glamping is all the rage at the moment, particularly in luxury wigwams. We’ve listed dozens this summer, and it makes a great gift that guests love to buy. Overnight stays around the UK start at just £70 with Red Letter Days.
Also from our travel department, a romantic sunset sail with champagne under the stars. Virgin has a great two-for-one offer at the moment at just £85 for an evening cruise with tuition out of Brighton.
Bronze goes to hammocks this summer. We’ve added all shapes and sizes for couples, but our current fave, and a bit of a bargain, is the Tayrona from Anthropologie. Available in three colours it’s just £68.
The silver medal goes to gnomes! Don’t ask us why but they’re making a real comeback, and we just love this little fella from Heal’s at £12. You could ask for a whole family.
And in top place, we’ve even got one in the office to huddle up in on cold summers days, it’s this fabulous deckchair made for two! What sums up married life in the summer than this? Available from Present Finder this one comes in at £145, but we think it’s worth every penny!
Ali Beaven knows about wedding gift lists. She is an Interior Designer as well as Founder & Creative Director at Prezola.com, the UK’s fastest growing gift list company. Prezola is a free-to-use wedding gift list service bringing together over 25,000 products hand-picked from the UK’s favourite retailers such as John Lewis, M&S, The White Company, Notonthehighstreet and MacDonald Hotels. Items include everything for the home and garden alongside gift vouchers for dozens of different retailers, experience days, weekend breaks and electricals.
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