Wedding Souvenirs Ideas for the Royal WeddingsJonathon Ross' thoughts on Wedition
Just after the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan, Jonathon Ross was sitting in for Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2. He was asking listeners to text in their favourite wedding day take homes as well as wedding souvenir ideas, here is what he had to say about Wedition!
"that’s a good idea…….That sounds lovely, that’s a kind of lovely memento as well as something to take away, it’s a very lovely idea." - Jonathon Ross
Harry & Meghan's wedding souvenirs
Guests to the royal wedding received a hessian gift bag inscribed with the initials HM. Inside the bag they found a selection of goodies and souvenirs including chocolate, shortbread, Windsor Castle water, a fridge magnet and an order of service booklet. Some guests put their lovely selection of souvenirs on ebay after the event! See this article for more information.
If Harry and Meghan had included a Wedition inside their goody bag, I wonder what articles they would have chosen? They certainly would have had an article on the wedding day details, I know that Meghan's 5-metre-long veil had a flower from all 53 nations within the Commonwealth bloc as well as personal touches of the California Poppy and the Wintersweet flower from the Kensington Palace grounds.
Inside their Wedition I could have created a table quiz for the guests to complete, match the flower to the nation! Including details about Megan’s romantic and sentimental twist on the traditional wedding rhyme (something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue) would also have been a lovely story to share with their friends and family. As Meghan recently revealed in the ITV documentary Queen of the World, her something blue was in fact a piece of blue fabric that came from the dress she wore on her first date with her husband sewn into her veil – very romantic!
Renowned for his party antics maybe Prince Harry would have wanted to include a hen and stag do article just like Wedition couple Kate and Ben for an entertaining insight into the new Duke and Duchess’s last party as single people
Eugenie & Jack's wedding souvenirs
All guests and members of the public invited into the castle grounds received a Key to Freedom bag which was embroidered with the first initials of the Royal couple and included commemorative shortbread, fridge magnet, a giant chocolate coin in the shape of Windsor Castle and a poncho. Key to Freedom is an initiative founded by the York Family to provide young women in India with the skills to earn an income, see this article for more information.
If Eugenie and Jack had Wedition at their wedding I’m sure there are some wonderful articles they would love to have included for their special wedding souvenir. We could have written a Q&A with the Princess about why the Key to Freedom charity is so important to her, referenced her traditional bouquet of flowers which held a lot of symbolism - did you know that the sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House were chosen to represent love, innocence and fertility?
The couple had a very famous selection of flower girls and page boys so a 'Meet the ‘Wedding Party’ section including some fun facts about Robbie William’s daughter Teddy, Prince George and Princess Charlotte would have brought a smile to those attending the wedding just like Wedition couple Ally and Alex did, they included a hilarious interview with their page boy and flowergirl. Princess Eugenie’s sister delivered a moving reading during the service, a section from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as a tribute to how the Princess felt when she first met Jack, this would have been a lovely inclusion to share within the story of how the couple first met.
William & Kate's wedding souvenirs
As second in line to the throne, Prince William’s wedding to Catherine Middleton in 2011 was designed to be an occasion that wowed and amazed the public and wedding guests. Sadly, for the Royal Couple Wedition hadn’t been created in time for their special day but if it had what would the happy couple have included for their unique wedding souvenir?
Renowned for their long romance that started at St Andrews University, there are plenty of stories the couple must have wanted to share with their guests, they could have included an ‘Over the years’ collection of couple images or perhaps we could have encouraged William and Kate to write each other’s bio’s just like Wedition couple Claire and Jay did for each other.
The couple had not one but two wedding cakes - both were designed to represent different meanings for the couple, so an article explaining these little details to guests would have been a lovely touch. Kate asked for the traditional fruit cake to include roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks to represent the four nations of the United Kingdom and also asked for acorns and sweet William to be added as a nod to the couples’ families. Whilst the unique alternative to a traditional wedding cake, was a chocolate biscuit cake that reminded the Prince of his beloved late mother. With such a prominent member of the family missing maybe the couple would have wanted to include a ‘in memory of' article celebrating Princess Diana. Wedition couple Rose and Jason included a ‘table names explained’ article. As William and Kate had 30 tables including ‘St Andrews’ and ‘Tetbury’ at their wedding reception, a match the table to the story quiz could have been a fun way for guests to discover the special meaning behind the table names.
Wedding souvenirs for your wedding
As you can see from the Royal Couple's special days without having Wedition, there are so many details that your guests might miss from your wedding day. Creating your own personalised Wedition can ensure that you and your guests will have a unique wedding souvenir that will be talked about for years to come. Take a look at the details Wedition couples decided to include or talk to Liz for some inspiration about how you can bring your wedding story alive.