The Gift of Wine

Weddings are the ultimate celebrations. Few other events on a social calendar conjure such excitement, sophistication and thoughtfulness which is why selecting the perfect gift for each new bride and groom is of the utmost importance.


Sure there’s the registry route with its predictable salad spinners and china place settings, but for a truly great gift that the happy couple will enjoy more than once a year, consider the gift of the Gods – wine. Here are a few great wine gifts that would please any happy couple. There’s a unique gift for every wine lover from waiter’s friends, to decanters, make sure yours is the wedding gift they never forget!


Wine and Cheese


For sophisticated palates, consider the gift of a perfect pair, much like the couple being celebrated. Sourcing a truly special bottle of plonk, and pairing it with a fantastic cheese is a thoughtful and delicious gift that any couple is certain to love.


For those looking to give the gift of variety, consult a cheese monger, local wine expert, or do some research online for an ideal collection of pairings which can be beautifully packaged as the perfect present.


wedding cheese cake by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

and team with a cheese cake like ours!


Wine Tastings

Once the dust has settled and the celebrated couple transitions from engaged to newlywed status, it can sometimes feel like the excitement has died down a bit too quickly. Giving the gift of a wine tasting – be it at a local vineyard or in the comfort of their own home, is an elegant and entertaining gift.


Whether it’s an excuse to bring friends together or alternatively – to get out of town, it’s a delicious way for newly married couples to spend a night, and one which they’re sure to love.

Vintage Wine Poster from The National Vintage Wedding Fair


Wine of the Month Club


Wine of the month can be a wonderful way to celebrate milestones, or simply something to pair with a quiet dinner at home. Having a new set of vintages arrive on the doorstep each month is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Long after the wedding bells have echoed for the last time, couples will be remembering their special day (and your generosity) each time they open a new bottle.

Vintage wine advert poster from the National Vintage Wedding Fair


Homemade Hampers


If wine and cheese seems in any way limiting, consider expanding the culinary offerings by creating a sumptuous and indulgent hamper of goodies. Sourcing an excellent bottle of wine (or three or five) and then finding the perfect nibbles, treats and cute picnic accessories to go with it can make for a gorgeous and practical gift that newlyweds will adore.


Whether they crack it open while writing thank you notes or save it for a special occasion, a bespoke hand crafted hamper with a few incredible vintages is sure to keep any happy couple smiling, well into their first year of marriage.

From wine tastings to tantalising pairings of classic vintages with delectable cheeses and other fine foods, wine gifts are a fantastic option for the couple who are about to have everything.



Wedding Memories: The receiving line


The purpose of a receiving line is to allow the hosts and other members of your bridal party to officially welcome and be introduced to all your guests. It is a wedding tradition that has been at weddings from Victorian times onwards.  At that time, with manners so important, it was the only way to guarantee that everyone was personally welcomed, and the host thanked, even if it was just briefly.

Wedding Memories - receiving line - a National Vintage Wedding Fair blog


Here is how it works – after your wedding ceremony, your guests make their way to your reception venue, where it is usual to provide pre-reception drinks upon arrival. When all your guests are assembled and suitably refreshed, they will pass along your receiving line as they make their way to their tables. Regardless of who is paying for your wedding, the traditional receiving line takes the following form of female alternating with male:

1 The Bride’s Mother
2 The Groom’s Father
3 The Groom’s Mother
4 The Bride’s Father
5 The Bride
6 The Groom
7 The Chief Bridesmaid
8 The Best Man

A receiving line is a really good way to be sure you don’t miss anyone, especially if your wedding is large.  A receiving line is also a great way to be sure all the guests have a chance to meet your parents and attendants.  At a small wedding, it’s fine for the bride and groom to visit with each table – usually during the meal – to greet, thank, and chat with their guests but this way it is done before the meal starts and you can all enjoy the rest of the day.
Wedding Memories - royal wedding receiving line - a National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

If you are worried about timing, it is advisable for the wedding party to stand opposite each other or in an informal group, rather than in a single line – this ensures that people keep moving along and encourages natural conversation. It also avoids the stiff formality of guests having to repeat their name to each member of the wedding party as they move along the line. On arrival the ushers should point guests in the right direction towards the receiving line on arrival and drinks can be served while guests are waiting.

Wedding Memories - receiving line drinks - a National Vintage Wedding Fair blog


Ultimately a receiving line can be very flexible. Indeed, depending on your personal family situation and the number of guests you have, you can create the receiving line that you are most comfortable with.  So the question is, is it something from the past that you might consider for your special day?

Wedding Memories - family receiving line - a National Vintage Wedding Fair blog


Do you have some favourite wedding memories or traditions? Let us know and we’ll feature them in an upcoming blog.

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Weddings we wish we’d been at: Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis

On Valentine’s day 1967, Raquel Welch married her former manager and press agent, Patrick Curtis in Paris.  This was the year she starred in the remake of One Million Years B.C.; clad in little more than a bikini of strategically placed strips of fur, and at 26 she had become a major sex symbol.

The ceremony was performed by the deputy mayor Maurise Benoit. Afterwards they drive off in a Rolls Royce to a champagne reception for the press and then to London for a brief honeymoon. Film comedian Danny Kaye threw a star studded wedding reception for them, among the guests are Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow and Christopher Plummer.

Celebrity weddings - Raquel Welch wedding cutting the cake via National Vintage wedding fair blog


In typical swing sixties style, Welch wore a crochet mini dress teamed with a three-quarter length white fur coat and white shoes.  Curtis looked dapper in a double breasted suit and slim spotted silk tie.  The dress was very controversial at the time with the amount of ‘flesh’ it showed as she wore no underwear.  She was in fact wearing a body stocking underneath.

Celebrity weddings - Raquel Welch wedding via National Vintage wedding fair blog


As Life magazine published at the time:  Mini-skirt for maxi-publicity – Raquel Welch, 24, the calculating beauty of the movies, made the final needless adjustment to her appearance just before her Paris wedding to her manager, Patrick Curtis. The bridal-mini-skirt, a peek-a-boo crochet, created pandemonium as 100 photographers tried to crash the district town hall where the ceremony was held. Dismayed, the presiding deputy mayor shouted, “Silence, we are not at a fair!”- then charged through the ritual in three minutes flat.”

Celebrity weddings - Raquel Welch crochet wedding dress 1967 via National Vintage wedding fair blog


Celebrity weddings - Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis via National Vintage wedding fair blog


The couple later visited the American Embassy to have the marriages made legal in the US.  Perfect sixties styling…we love it!

Celebrity Weddings Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis Wed at the American Embassy of Paris National Vintage Wedding Fair


Do you have any favourite celebrity weddings you’d love to see in this blog? Let us know.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit our vintage wedding fair in Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website –

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