There's no escaping it - however much you protest your family and friends love to buy you wedding presents. We know for many couples just having those you love in attendance is gift enough, but that doesn't stop them from wanting to spoil you! Buying something special that will become a family heirloom is a lovely idea - it's heart warming to read about Brides wearing their Nana's wedding dress, or jewellery, or having an antique family veil customised that has been worn by several generations of women. Or how about cut glass stem vases for your flowers that you remember from your Great Aunties house, or a vintage cake stand that your parents would use for special occasions? There's definitely a special connection between weddings and family heirlooms. So why not continue that tradition with gorgeous pieces from Waterford crystal? These are elegant, timeless glassware that will make your home special and form the backdrop to your family life, always reminding you of the best day of your lives.
Heirloom Wedding GiftsWaterford create elegant glassware for any occasion and you can see some of our favourite pieces in the images above. This Gold rimmed Mad Men crystal decanter with matching tumblers is perfect for a sophisticated night cap. It would make the most special gift for your groom on the morning of the wedding. You could even pre-fill it with his favourite tipple to settle those wedding day nerves. A decanter also makes the perfect gift for your groomsmen as a special thank you for the day. The perfect addition to any bar cart, these Colourful Decanters add a feminine look to what is traditionally a masculine area. We may be a little bit in love with the 'Gin' bottle. This range also has gorgeous mini perfume bottles that would be a beautiful gift for your best girls. For special family dinners, or for toasting important occasions, we love Waterford's range of Champagne flutes and coupes, because the best bubbles deserve to be drunk from the best glasses after all - it definitely tastes better that way ;) I've always felt that when I'm a 'wife' I'll want to fill the house with fresh flowers, and so I'll definitely be needing lots of vases from Waterford. They have a beautiful selection of shapes, sizes and styles from contemporary designs, to the more traditional. Rock My Style shared some super easy but super special ideas for flower arrangements recently. There were feathers and everything. These would look just as amazing on your wedding table as they would in your lounge. And finally, a true British tradition, and one which should most definitely be honoured as a family heirloom, Afternoon Tea. And what better way to serve it than in your own Polka Dot Tea Story bone china tea set from Wedgwood. All beautifully made gifts which would make fabulous family heirlooms, as well as looking gorgeous in your homes now. Did family heirlooms play an important part in your big day? Did you receive any treasures that make you smile every time you look at them? We'd love to hear! x
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