In Australia, the months between September and May are known colloquially as the “warmer half of the year”. For approximately 134,370 engaged couples, however, it’s better known as “wedding season”: the preferred period in which to tie the knot.
Much has shifted in recent decades in the way of wedding formalities. The Covid-19 pandemic saw an acute rise in micro weddings – a trend that has lingered long after lockdown restrictions eased. Bridal looks are more varied, venues are more personal, and invitations are increasingly digitally distributed.
Gifting, too, has joined the digital age – a market that the founder of Nina Ma’Belle Weddings, Nina Ma’Belle Wiener, and the branding consultant Tatiana Farley, have worked to corner through their online platform WEDIT. Designed to elevate the wishing well trend by securely processing cash gifts and group gifts, Ma’Belle Wiener and Farley say that hosts are receiving up to 85 per cent more than the value of the gift they asked for by removing the friction points of cash gifting.
As we barrel into the thick of 2023/24 wedding season, we asked Ma’Belle Wiener and Farley to share the top gifts they’d be adding to their gift registries for soon-to-be-wed couples.
Le Corbusier Mohair Blanket
Luxurious and tactile, Tekla’s mohair blanket is crafted with premium rose-hued mohair and wool blend, ensuring softness and durability. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy, its original shades and handmade tassels add a touch of sophistication. Each limited edition blanket is uniquely numbered, enclosed in an organic cotton dust bag for an elegant finish. $1,165. teklafabrics.com.
Defender Green Towel
Cleverly’s ultra-soft towel is a premium addition to your bathroom. Crafted from 100 per cent Greek cotton, its quick-dry terry offers a luxurious twist on standard sets. With extra-long loops for enhanced texture, it’s made of long-staple cotton, ensuring a smooth touch. The generous proportions, secure ‘tuck,’ tailored finish, and mid-weight 400gsm make it both cozy and quick-drying. Eco-dyed and OEKO-TEX® certified, it’s responsibly made in Portugal for that ‘just married’ sophistication. From $41.00. celverlytextiles.com.
Pendulum Lamp in Caramel
The Pendulum lamp, with its tall, angular base reminiscent of a swinging pendulum, brings a distinctive touch to any living space. Its large scale adds impactful elegance, and the oversized statement parchment shade emits a warm ambient glow. Designed for sophistication, it works seamlessly as a pair on either side of a sofa, between armchairs, or angled in a corner. $1,800.00. victoriamyer.com.
The classically inspired Bella Urn exudes elegance and simplicity, crafted through a combination of scale, curvaceous form, and refined materiality. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Melbourne, Australia, each urn undergoes a meticulous process, from pouring into molds to drying, sanding, and buffing. The result is a silky smooth finish with a natural plaster patina, showcasing the urn’s timeless beauty. $2,420.00. sophiedavies.com.au.
2 Low-Step E-Bike
The Vela 2 electric bike seamlessly blends classic beach cruiser aesthetics with modern technology. Its easy-to-maintain motor offers three driving modes, reaching a top speed of 20 miles per hour. With a hidden, removable battery for convenient charging and a 40-mile range, the bike provides versatile commuting options. The boost button on the handle adds extra power for uphill pedalling or restarting after a stop, making the Vela 2 a stylish and enjoyable choice for both office commutes and weekend neighbourhood cruises. From approximately $2830. goop.com.