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FAQs and expert advice about gifts

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourberksbucksoxon.wedding

Gift It

Gift It

Q Can you suggest some creative wedding gift ideas?
A Jill Perkins says: We work with local craftspeople and businesses to create products inspired by nature, baking, gardening, dogs and art.

Jill and her business partner, Jan Morlet, have been designing together for more than 30 years, starting with toys and tableware for other brands. They launched their own brand in 2010, Collective Nouns and Animal Ink, with popular card ranges. They expanded their collections to include various products all designed, printed and made in Britain with quality eco-friendly materials.

Jill Perkins, Gifts Instead of Flowers

All Wrapped Up

All Wrapped Up

Q We're looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding gift list, what can you suggest?
A Jan Jenkins says: Weddings are special occasions that deserve unique gifts. But finding the perfect gift for the happy couple can be challenging. Guests want to invest in something meaningful, memorable, and unique that they will cherish for years to come.

According to our research, personalised gifts are immensely popular right now, especially artwork that captures the personality and style of the couple. A personalised artwork is not a generic or mass-produced item that you can buy from any store. It is a one-of-a-kind creation, especially for the recipients, based on their preferences and interests. It shows that you have put thought and effort into choosing a gift that suits them. Sending a personalised gift shows that you care and here are three ideas.

Artist Jesse Brown offers a range of customised portraits that include the bride and groom in various scenarios (pictured). Jesse is a London-based artist who finds inspiration in the streets of Camden. He loves painting scenes from everyday life, observing people going about their daily business, lost in their thoughts, or chatting on the street. Jesse has exhibited his paintings in various galleries and has worked with the likes of BBC, Alexander McQueen, St Paul's Foundation, Soho House, and St Martin's. Jesse Brown at Gifts Instead of Flowers.

Jo Gogh, whose vibrant paintings are full of joy and colour offers personalised heart-shaped artwork which is a bestseller as a canvas or a cushion that would brighten up any room.

Or why not send an enamel postcard by MaisyPlum? It is unique and can be personalised for the happy couple! These adorable enamel cards (pictured) can be written on with permanent ink with your message. Each postcard can then be stored safely in a wallet or framed as a picture and come gift-boxed.

Jan Jenkins, Gifts Instead of Flowers

Great Gifts

Great Gifts

Q Can you give us some eco-friendly gift ideas for our wedding party, please?
A Lisa Strachan says: Our hand-poured candles are natural and sustainable, made from soy wax and using only essential oils and cotton wicks making them perfect for the environment. They come in a recyclable glass container with a beautiful bamboo lid and each 210g candle, £25, has a burn time of up to 40 hours. For each candle sold, a tree is planted.

Popular scents include lavender and cedarwood; lavender and orange; lime and bergamot and rosemary and lemongrass.

New to the collection are votive gift sets which are a trio of luxury candles containing a selection of the brand's three favourite fragrances which are packaged in a beautifully presented, fully recyclable box, £29. Not only are they great for styling wedding settings, but they also make excellent gifts for maids and mums.

Lisa Strachan, The Little Flame

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