With wedding season almost upon on us, discover how to choose an original gift that the couple will love for many years to come.
“Beautiful linens are something that travel with you, from one home to the next and throughout your life, and are treasured pieces to be passed down the generations,” says Karen Reed of why she thinks linen makes such a wonderful wedding gift. “Table linens, for instance, can become very much like members of the family – ever-present at life’s special occasions and memorable get-togethers.”
When in search of wedding gift ideas, bed linen, table linen and bath linen all make thoughtful– and just as importantly, useful – gifts for the couple and their home, and the REED collections are brimming with ideas for every style and taste.
For timeless and versatile linen that will complement any interior, you simply can’t go wrong with white, and some of REED’s most-loved designs are available in classic white, or with a pop of colour via contrasting embroidery. When choosing a bed linen set as a gift, Karen suggests any of REED’s classic corded collections, as well as the delicate drawn-thread design of Grafton and the Linen Union Hemstitch collection, which was originally created for The Savoy.
“Luxurious bed linen makes a wonderful wedding gift, but if you’re not sure of the couple’s bed size, a REED gift card takes out the guesswork, avoids any costly mistakes and enables the couple to choose their perfect design,” advises Karen.
Table linen is also a great wedding gift idea, as it may not be something that a couple would think of splashing out on, but elevates any dining occasion, especially if they enjoy entertaining at home. White-based table collections such as Scroll and Greek Key are a classic choice, and opting for placemat and napkin sets means that you don’t need to take into consideration the recipient’s table shape and size.
“Matching robes are a really fun wedding gift,” adds Karen. “A number of our products can be monogrammed with the initials of your choice and in a range of colours, which is a thoughtful and personal gift idea. For our monogramming service, just bear in mind that you’ll just need to be extra organised and place your order for the big day in good time.”
The English Ivy collection is a perennial favourite for the festive season, while for a more contemporary feel, consider the Chequers collection, which is available trimmed with a range of contrasting embroidery colours, from festive red and pastel pink to vibrant Majorelle blue.
Towels are a gift that every couple can enjoy using every day, and the REED collections are amongst the most luxurious towels available. For the height of indulgence, opt for the Princess Grace collection, based on the bed linen design that the Reed family created for Grace Kelly’s wedding trousseau when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. The Princess Grace towels are made in REED’s signature heavyweight 650 gram textured towelling and are not only reassuringly heavy and incredibly absorbent, but their textured surface gently massages your skin as you dry for a thoroughly invigorating, spa-like bathing experience.
“Occasion-themed table linen lasts for years, as it’s not used every day. We’ve had our Easter and Christmas sets since the ‘90s, and bringing them out of the laundry cupboard year after year is always such a pleasure.”
For smaller gifts, Karen says that a set of pillowcases or napkins is always well received. “Or why not create them a bespoke gift hamper? A bottle of good Champagne presented with a set of cocktail napkins or crisp serving towels makes for a memorable and unique wedding gift.”
Because every item of REED linen is made to order, just be sure to allow 6-8 weeks for your order to be delivered in time for the wedding day, or provide the recipient’s address so that it can be sent straight to their home on return from their honeymoon. To make life even simpler, every order arrives beautifully boxed and ready for immediate gifting.
For those who prefer the peace of mind of a wedding list, REED has recently announced its arrival at The Wedding Present Company, a personalised gift list experience that goes the extra mile to ensure couples receive exactly what they want and need. The collection includes some of REED’s best-selling collections, which can be added to your list online, or simply visit The Wedding Present Company’s Fulham Road showroom for a bespoke wedding list consultation.