Instead of gravy boats and blenders, your guests can now buy you experiences as a wedding gift, thanks to The Wedding Shop! Here are our top ten picks…
Masterclass with the sushi chefs for two at Nobu London, £395
If you and your h2b have a love of Japanese cuisine, then this is the perfect experience to put on your wedding gift list! You’ll learn to create a sushi platter from the sushi masters at the famous Nobu London in Mayfair, and even get a sushi kit to take home so that you can replicate the experience in your own kitchen! Lunch and sake is included, too – yum.
Luxury villa retreat and sunset beach horse riding for two in Andalusia, £905
Take a romantic minibreak after the wedding with this two-night stay in a serene luxury villa on Spain’s gorgeous south coast. Enjoy luxurious accommodation at Villa Mathesis with stunning sea views, fine dining on the sand dunes at Cádiz (with a chaffeured private transfer, of course) and an hour of sunset horseback riding on the beach for two. Perfect for a minimoon!
Pamper day with private spa suite for two at the glamorous Bulgari spa, £905
If you’re in need of a post-wedding pamper, where better to do it thank the ultra-glam Bulgari spa in Knightsbridge, London? As newlyweds you’ll get to relax in the Private Onyx Spa Suite, which includes a private relaxation room, steam shower and hydro massage tub, and you’ll receive relaxing massages, facials and more while you sip Champagne and smoothies.
Francophile newlyweds will definitely need to add this fun tasting experience for two to their list! Indulge at Champagne + Fromage in Covent Garden, where the knowledgeable staff will talk you through a delicious cheese tasting flight. You’ll sample eight of the best cheeses France has to offer, along with a glass of premium vintage Champagne.
Wimbledon guided tennis tour and Michelin star lunch for two, £170
Love tennis? With this gift experience, you and your new husband get a fabulous behind-the-scenes tour of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, as well as a delicious three-course Michelin star lunch for two! It’s the ideal Summer experience for tennis-loving couples.
Stargazing and two-night stay at Glenapp castle for two, £1,545
A romantic Scotland escape is the ideal wedding gift for your guests to contribute to. With this two-night experience, you can snuggle up in a luxury Sea View Room or East Wing Suite at the five-star Glenapp Castle nestled in the woodland, enjoy a full Scottish breakfast every morning, and a three-course gourmet meal every evening. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy a private stargazing experience in the castle grounds with renowned astronomer Steve Owens.
Romantic helicopter flight for two with Elstree helicopters, £334
Thrill-seeker couples will love this helicopter flight and lesson for two! You’ll be able to take to the skies in a Robinson R44 four-seater chopper and fly over the serene Hertfordshire countryside, just minutes away from the iconic London skyline. You’ll even be able to take the controls yourselves!
Soak up the Italian sunshine with this amazing Lake Garda experience. This is the perfect European minibreak, with two nights at a 5-star hotel near Lake Garda, a delicious tasting menu dinner at a Michelin star restaurant, three-hour private sailing tour of Lake Garda and a personalised itinerary for the two of you.
Hambledon Vineyard is the oldest commerical vineyard in England, which makes it the ideal place to create your own bespoke wine! As well as being able to create your own sparkling wine under the guidance of vineyard owner and wine expert Ian Kellet, you’ll also get a private tour and a tasting of the finest European sparkling wines.
Amsterdam break with private Van Gogh museum tour, £1,275
If you’re looking for a break with a bit of culture, this arty getaway should be number one on your guest list! You’ll get a two-night stay for two in a 5-star hotel, an incredible seven-course tasting menu dinner at Michelin star Restaurant Vermeer, and a two-hour private tour of the Van Gogh Museum with a professional art historian.
This is just a small selection of the experiences available at The Wedding Shop, and you can also register for more traditional homeware and honeymoon contributions. Visit weddingshop.com for more information!