Top Five Unique Wedding Gifts for the Bride – Expert Advice with Kerrie Hess

Kerrie Hess
’s illustrations are iconic. Renowned for her minimal yet elegant style, her designs expertly convey the glamour, frivolity and beauty of the fashion world, yet are just as influential as the subjects she depicts. Australian-born and Brisbane-based, Kerrie’s artworks have gained international acclaim, with everyone from Cartier, Printemps Paris, Kate Spade New York, Louis Vuitton, Collette Dinnigan and Net-a-Porter showcasing their collaborations with her.

Despite her fame, Kerrie has extended her talent to creating personalised portraits, launching her Custom Bridal Dress service to give every bride the opportunity to create a timeless memory of their special day. They’re the perfect memento that will be cherished forever, and speaking of mementos, we sat down with Kerrie to ask her one a wedding guest’s most important questions – what should I gift the bride?

Struggling to find a gift for a soon-to-be bride? Don’t stress we have your sorted! From bespoke portraits to crystal champagne glasses for him and her, we have a plethora of unique and sentimental gifts that will make sure your gift is the most memorable amongst the clutter!

Kerrie Hess Bride Illustration
Nothing says a timeless gift like a bespoke illustration of a wedding dress! Kerrie Hess, a renowned Australian fashion illustrator, has recently launched her Custom Bridal Dress Portraits, where she hands paints a custom-made creation of a bride’s most treasured possession: her dress. Having worked with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Cartier, Kerrie’s portraits will make for the most sophisticated and elegant gift possible.  The artwork is sure to be a statement in her house for years to come. If your bride is a busy bee, then opting for Kerrie’s soon to be released Limited Edition Bridal Prints is the perfect option!

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Personalised scent
It’s been said that the most vivid memory a bride holds of her wedding is the scent they wear on the day. Some brides have even said if they wear their perfume years after their weddings, the perfume can bring them directly back to that moment.  Two unsurpassable romantic fragrances would have to be Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Rose, which unashamedly creates an intense floral scent, and Dior J’adore, which translates to “I Love.” Need we say more? Remember to give this gift a few days earlier with a beautiful card explaining the thought behind it, so that she can wear it on her special day.

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Crystal champagne glasses
The key to gifting a wedding present is to think traditional with a twist. Elegantly detailed glassware like champagne flutes are the perfect keepsake a family will have forever. Making for a gorgeous future heirloom, champagne flutes are a gift that can be brought out on any special occasion and are likely to grace the table for entertainment and future family functions. Opting for crystal glasses that are ornately designed will give your gift a personalised touch to the ordinary champagne glass.

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Customised wine label
You can never go wrong with an expensive wine, but take it up a notch and make it truly memorable by creating your own personalised label. Cellarwraps allows you to pick your own wine, and add creative flare with your own customised label wrap to slip around it. Both thoughtful and creative this gift will be great for the couple to pop on their first anniversary of the birth of their first child.

Custom map
It’s time to put the soon-to-be wife and husband’s new life on the map. Literally. I know what you’re thinking, “why would I get a map as a wedding gift?” But, hear me out! Mapiful will let you personalise, resize and select any location from around the world! You can highlight key events like where the couple were engaged, fell in love or met. It will even let you customize the map with the wedding names and date. Pretty neat right!

All images courtesy of Kerrie Hess 


Article written by Alison Donnellan


Posted in Fashion, Planning by wedded wonderland

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