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Finding a meaningful wedding gift can be challenging. How do you find something unique that the happy couple hasn’t already got or can expect to get twenty times over from their other guests?

Unless the couple has specifically requested a Le Creuset dish, it’s safe to say they don’t need one! Things like towels and casserole dishes are being axed in favour of sentimental gifts with a story attached.

This is a dilemma faced by many, but instead of opting for a safe bet, consider giving them the gift of an antique instead.


The meaning behind antiques as wedding gifts 

Far more meaningful than a toaster from a big box store, an antique is a wonderful reminder that some things are made to last a lifetime.

This connection to a bygone era is symbolic. Like a marriage, antiques outlive contemporary fashions.

Giving an antique is a reflection of how much thought you’ve put into finding a gift. Your search for the perfect piece is a story that will be retold as it passes down through generations. 


Considerations for buying antiques as gifts 

Before you set off on your search for the perfect wedding gift, here are some of the dos and don’ts for you to consider. 

DO check the wedding registry first 

If the couple has a gift list (or registry), check it out first. This will help you narrow down your search. If they’ve listed a glass vase, for example, bypass the usual contemporary styles and look for an antique alternative. 

DON’T buy them antique furniture 

Unless you know that the couple wants antique furniture, this is a gift best avoided. It’s a lot to ask someone to find space for something this large. Art is also a tricky gift to buy for someone else unless you are certain of their taste. 

DO find out what their style is 

If the couple has a preferred style or a favourite period, whether it’s Rococo, Art Deco, or mid-century, knowing this will help make your search more fruitful. You may already know, but if not, ask their friends or family for some inside knowledge. 

DON’T forget about the documentation 

It can be tricky to establish the provenance of an antique piece, so if there is paperwork to go with it, then you’re in luck! If not, then don’t be afraid to ask the vendor if they know the item’s history. 

The antiques perfect for wedding gifts 

There are plenty of popular antiques that make ideal wedding gifts. Here are just a few of our favourites.  

1. Antique tea sets and silverware 
Tea sets and silverware symbolise the shared joy of meals and gatherings, creating new memories for the happy couple as they start their journey together.

2. Candlesticks 
The significance of the candlestick lies not only in its aesthetic appeal but its functionality. This is a gift that will be put to good use over the years. 

3. Vintage luggage 
This gift will inspire the couple to travel beyond their honeymoon to far-flung destinations or local staycations. 

4. Glassware 
Like tea sets, antique glassware is the perfect gift for a couple who enjoy hosting together and maybe enjoy a glass or two of wine or something stronger. 

5. Antique mirrors 
Antique mirrors are in high demand as they enjoy a resurgence in popularity – and for good reason.  


Where to buy antiques 

Look for antique emporiums in your area, or try an online antique directory like The Hoarde. Before you set out, narrow down your search by limiting yourself to looking at one period or one type of antique. This will cut the overwhelm and help you focus on finding the perfect wedding gift.