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The best presents go beyond the wedding registry. It’s the truly unique and smile-evoking gifts—ones
that come from the heart—that are most memorable. Adding your personality to a choice, while taking
into consideration the couple’s individual tastes, is the true art of giving. When you present something
personal and unexpected—a piece of fine-art pottery, perhaps, or a customized comic book illustrating
the bride and groom’s relationship—you can be sure they’ll look at it for years and think of you.
Sipping ordinary champagne. Yawn.
A coconut and lychee "White Wedding" martini?
Two more please. For TJ Ramini of Aroma Events,
tailor-made drinks are the way to go. "A wedding is
the most important day of a couple's life, but the
bar is always an afterthought. The concept of
servers with trays of champagne is boring. We
provide a full-service custom cocktail bar which is
anything but", he says.
After consulting with the bride and groom,
"Bar Chef" Ramini concocts unique cocktails made
with ingredients from local farmers' markets and
personalized names to compliment the happy couple.
1. Champagne flutes are a perennial favorite. Put a personal spin on the traditional gift
by giving a mix-and-match set. From left: Deborah Ehrlich (first and third), $48; Ted
Muehling for Steuben, $160; Nason & Moretti, $68. Turpan, 310-451-9500.
Call 866-998-9545 www.aromaevents.com
- Allison Kornberg
2. When is a fruit bowl not a fruit bowl? When
it’s a work of art. Dovetusai’s handmade glasstube centerpiece looks just as good empty as
it does full—maybe better. Chip in with some
friends. $845. TableArt, 323-653-8278,
tableartonline.com. 3. Christofle’s By Wine
Decanter unites practicality and bold sculptural
design, sure to take pride of place in any
newlyweds’ home. $750. Gearys Beverly Hills,
800-793-6670, gearys.com. 4 and 5. Who
says you need to spend a fortune for good
taste? Cost Plus World Market is overflowing
with excellent wedding gifts. The Connoisseur
glasses (far left)—in bordeaux, pinot noir, balloon
and chardonnay styles—are made in Germany
by the manufacturer of the world’s finest
wineglasses. Buy a set or mix ’em up. The beauty
is in the details with these Calista glass votives
(left). The tea lights in the cylinders bring that
dramatic touch to the dinner table. Wineglasses,
$7.99 each; votive holders, $14.99–$19.99,
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