Here’s the thing about fall weddings. It’s my experience that the decision defines the couple in one of two ways. Either the newlyweds share a deep love for the outdoors, which can be for aesthetic or sentimental reasons – doesn’t matter, or they are concerned with how everyone appears eternally in photographs. My husband suffers from face-altering allergies during the spring and summer, and my family doesn’t drive in the snow. He and I fell in the latter camp; our friends from California belong to the former one. Regardless, it’s getting chilly outside, and the following five gifts are ideal for two love birds enamored with their fall wedding – for one reason or the other.
Moroccan Wedding Blanket
These warm blankets, known as Tamizart by the Berber women who make them and Handira by their Arab neighbors, are traditional wedding gifts in the rural villages of Morocco. The bride’s mother will begin weaving the blanket when she is still very young, preparing her daughter for a warm journey on camel to her marital home. The process of hand-weaving together the sheep’s wool, linen and sequins is one of giving blessing, bestowing fertility and goodwill upon the marriage. Because Moroccan Wedding Blankets are rare, purposed as family heirlooms rather than the objects of Western trend we see today, you’ll want to shop secondhand for an authentic wedding blanket.
Live Edge Table
This table is for the outdoorsy folks, such as the nephew whom you haven’t seen in years because he hikes mountains from December 23-January 1. Well, now he and his beloved are getting married in a forest up there, and you have the chance to memorialize the day in a single gift. A live edge table is typically made using sustainably sourced American black walnut, cherry, oak or other hardwoods. Each piece is as unique as the couple who receives it, and there are many local designers out there reclaiming fallen trees in order to customize a table for you. If you don’t have time to customize one, these live edge tables are gorgeous and ship worldwide, mountaintops included.
Copper is the most effective metal for cooking. It spreads temperature evenly, simmering sauces and stews to perfection. In fact, the superior conductivity of copper changes the temperature of the pot almost immediately, allowing the newlyweds to save not only their expensive vegetables from burning but also the energy bills from skyrocketing. No one can deny the aged beauty of copper cookware, which is why you should keep your eyes peeled for vintage and secondhand pieces on Krrb. Start the couple’s collection with a large piece like this Copper Sauté Pan, or swing by Industrielle Attitude in Los Angeles for a 1950’s Vintage Set.
Let’s face facts and admit that many choose to marry in fall for the colors alone. This is good; The theme of color makes gift-giving easy, and a colorful piece of art is timeless. There are many beautiful landscape paintings from which to choose out there, and a few of them might even resemble the wedding location itself. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a magical painting that captures the outdoor location of the altar. If not, go with an abstract piece like The Autumn Light and attach a handwritten note that’s as warm as the colors themselves.
Vintage Tea Set
The future days of every married couple and their families end in tea time. It happens every time a new study examines the caffeine found in coffee or harps on the benefits of H2O. While they’re young, your newlyweds might appreciate owning only the value in a collectible. However, a vintage tea set will gain a new sort of appreciation as the years continue and the coffee pots darken. Selfishly consider full sets like this China Tea Set from the 1920’s for future parties with cousins and grandchildren, or make a subtle hint at how you’d like to spend your quiet afternoon in their new home with this simple Ironstone Teapot.
Do you have any suggestions for fall wedding guests who have yet to purchase the couple’s gift? Share your ideas below!