The wedding season starts with pomp and ceremony this year as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19th. It will be the first royal wedding in six years since Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. Who doesn’t love a royal wedding?!
If you’re getting married around the same time or this year, then huge congratulations! You’ll certainly never forget the year you got married, that’s for sure.
Art and weddings go together particularly well. A painting makes a really touching and everlasting gift and can also help the bride stand out even more with unique, one-off accessories.
We show you how art can transform and enhance this happy time.
The royal family have been through good times and bad times and have dealt with their fair share of politics … just like a normal family then! They’ve also had a lot of weddings over the years that have triggered bridal dress trends across the globe. Remember Princess Diana’s dress?
With Harry and Meghan’s nuptials coming up, why not go with the trends, check out some regal portraiture and celebrate all things royal?
Ever since Andy Warhol turned the Queen into pop art, her Majesty has become an iconic figure and is frequently captured in paintings and photographs.
There are so many paintings of the Queen to choose from, as well as historic portraits of Princess Diana, so it’s only a matter of time before Kate and Meghan become iconic images in art as well.
For weddings taking place this year, buying a painting with a royal reference can also be a historical document for your family, as you will have something in common with the Windsor family, and, dare we say it, a bit of a royal connection.
If you’re getting married or going to a wedding over the next few months, but you’re stuck for a gift – or a wedding list - then art may just be the solution.
A painting can last pretty much forever, so a wedding gift would last throughout a marriage, children, grandchildren and beyond. It can be passed down through generations and inspire people whenever they look at it.
The gift of art can also be symbolic of everlasting love and be a permanent fixture throughout all life’s ups and downs. As a result, it’s a really touching gift that means so much more, not to mention more durable than cutlery or china.
It is now becoming more commonplace for the bride and groom to request that presents be replaced with a charitable donation instead. This is because most couples have everything they need for the home by the time they get around to marriage.
Art, however, is different as you can never have too much art, it’s not disposable or wears out and is something people always want in their home.
Art for the bride
Art isn’t only for the home, it can be worn as well, and there are artists out there who not only paint, but also create jewellery and accessories. Naturally, the bride wants to stand out on the day, and what better way than with unique, one-off pieces.
If it’s the second time around for you, then this day is by no means less important. You still want to look amazing on the day, so why not treat yourself to some standout jewellery or accessories. And, if you’re the type of person who’s not keen on ‘showing off’, then a few subtle accent pieces can make a real impact.
Gifts for the wedding group
With the wedding group traditionally consisting of bridesmaids, in-laws, parents, flower girls, page boys and the best man, there’s a lot of people to thank for their help on the big day. Which means that buying presents to say thanks for all their help is a whole job in itself.
With everything else to arrange, it’s easy to leave this job to the lastminute, but it’s always worth taking time throughout the wedding planning process to ensure you do take time to think about the gifts you’d like to buy.
Weddings are considered to be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life, so no doubt there will be a few tense moments with family and friends along the way! Take some time out, think about why you love that friend or family member, and get them a thank you gift to really show how you appreciate them and all the work they’ve done.
…and relax. Wherever you’re going and whatever you do on your Honeymoon, make the memory last even longer with art.
If you’re off on an adventure, a trek, lying on a beach or wandering through a Mediterranean street, there will always be a painting to capture the essence of that special holiday.
Getting married can be an expensive process but buying art doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. We have art to suit all price ranges and tastes, so you don’t need to bust your wedding budget starting married life with the painting you love, which leaves us just to say congratulations and good luck on the big day. And congratulations to Harry and Meghan!