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The art of gifting
Q. We've lived together for years and have all the toasters and plates we could need. Ideally, we'd like our guests to contribute to a bespoke piece of art – but we're not sure how to phrase this on the invites. Any advice?
A. Georgina Khachadourian says: Couples are often hesitant to let their guests know what they'd really like as a wedding gift for fear of appearing too demanding or insensitive. This fear is more often than not totally unnecessary however – wedding invitees understand that the days of gifting household essentials are over and they would like nothing more than to give something to the happy couple that they truly want and will cherish for the rest of their lives.
A bespoke piece of art is a wonderful idea as a special gift and it's best to be quite direct on the invitation to let guests know that this is what you'd like and exactly how they can go about contributing towards this. Setting up an online gifting site is a practical solution.
It's always a nice touch to follow up with a thank you card or e-card to let your guests know what you have bought with their contribution. In the case of commissioning a bespoke piece of art, using this as the cover illustration on a card is the perfect way to do this.
Meet the experts: Georgina Khachadourian is the founder of Pullman Editions, a Pimlico-based company that designs, commissions and publishes striking original posters, which capture the enduring appeal of Art Deco.
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