The gifts we buy for our favorite couples should reflect their personalities. As each of their relationships and stories are unique, we’ve created a guide to assist guests in making their “perfect present” shopping list. Whether your summer calendar is filled with weddings for your most traditional friends, or you have a wacky wedding to attend, we have fun and imaginative ideas to ensure your gift won’t go forgotten! Enjoy these unique wedding gifts.Attending weddings has become quite expensive; as it’s rare a guest list only consists of people who live in the place where the wedding is taking place. If you have several friends attending the same wedding, you can suggest going in on what we call a “themed” unique wedding gift. Rather than getting your best bud a spatula that’s left over on their registry, have 11 of your friends purchase gift certificates to their favorite spots to dine! 12 pre-planned date nights lets the newlyweds off the hook for the cost of date night, once a month for the first year of their marriage. With summer in full swing, and whether the newlyweds are already living together or moving into their new digs, a grill is a hot pick for a summer wedding gift. The cost of a grill and all of its tools can be rather pricey; therefore this is a great idea for a “group” gift. Costco has a variety of options, and a fabulous return and exchange policy… Just in case! For the sporty couple, who already has a complete kitchen (or doesn’t want one)… His and hers golf bags, tennis racquets, bikes, camping gear or hiking shoes make great gifts! Typically the “sporty” couple is also the “nutrition conscience” couple, in which case you can’t go wrong with a Vitamix. For our lakeside brides, we found this very rare, super exclusive company called Below the Boat, you can select which lake your friends are getting married near, and Below the Boat creates a work of art out of wood for the couple to hang in their new home. Another intimate and thoughtful gift is a woven photo blanket. With the excessive picture taking and easy access to our friend’s photos, this is a huge hit for the photo-happy couple! Whether you create something personal or buy something expensive, your presences is more important to the couple than your presents and they’re going to be happy you’re spending the most important day of their lives with them!
Here at Gold Leaf Event we absolutely adore exploration so when we had the opportunity to see Monteverdi, Tuscany we were there in a heart beat! So we wanted to share some of our memories from our Italian adventure with you all!
After a long day of traveling from Florence, we found ourselves driving down a winding road. On either side of us we could see an abundance of lush greenery spilling over the hillsides.
When we arrived at Hotel Monteverdi in Tuscany we were checked in and met in the enoteca (wine repository) for Prosecco and refreshments. Doesn't this look like the ideal Italian wedding venue!
After, we were whisked away on a guided tour of Castiglioncello Del Trinoro, the medieval village where Monteverdi is located. Afterwards we enjoyed sunset cocktails at the Monteverdi Library. The food was served buffet-style at one of Monteverdi’s stunning villas . Later we returned to our cozy six-bedroom Villa Muri Antichi, we couldn’t wait to see what tomorrow had in store for us!
That next day we woke to the stunning views of Val d’ Orcia and were instantly filled with excitement! We had a light breakfast and a refreshing yoga class. We then had a blast learning how to make pasta at a cooking class with a lunch and wine to follow. It was absolutely incredible to learn some of the Italian cooking secrets from such talented chefs! Luckily for us there was another wine tasting to follow at the Castel di Brolio. This led to the Relais La Suvera for a Tuscan Bites catered dinner which was the perfect way to end the day.
The next morning we departed Monteverdi for La Foce and enjoyed a tour of their home and gardens of Villa La Foce. The vila had been restored to it’s original beauty and the English gardens were impeccably manicured. This is another ideal location for an Italian Wedding in Tuscany.
After the tour we eagerly made our way to dinner. We arrived at the Castiglioncello Church at Hotel Monteverdi for a real treat of incredible live music. Later, we enjoyed cocktails and pizza, along with a romantic concert and a formal dinner at for the last night. The late night show of Cararet in Muri Antichi is a performance that we will never forget!
Our Tuscany adventure was such a wonderful and whimsical weekend that truly captured our hearts forever. Thanks so much to our hosts David Beahm and Christina Matteucci, along with Hotel Monteverdi! We were able to form wonderful new friendships across the globe which left us with unforgettable ideas for our future events to come! If you are ever interested in an Italian wedding we know the perfect location!
Mr. David Beahm
Founder: David Beahm Experiences
Ms. Christina Matteucci Executive Director David Beahm Destinations
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