A wedding gift registry usually includes items like china, glassware, linens, towels and small appliances. Few engaged couples give a lot of thought to asking for outdoor furnishings or décor. This could be a wonderful opportunity to give an unexpected and much-needed gift to the bride and groom.
This year, more than ever, the trend is to extend living space to the outdoors. Patio sofas and chairs are made with weather resistant materials, and there are a variety of styles and price ranges available. Woven fabrics like rattan are comfortable and weather resistant. Patterned jute rugs give a patio the luxurious feel of an indoor room, yet they dry out in the sun after a rain.
Natural and vintage styles are popular this season, although bold colors and seashore accents are also trending. Stunning and original outdoor artwork is available in ceramic and glass, including mosaics. Check the wedding registry to see what kind of décor the couple likes. If you’re not sure about their tastes, neutral colors with rustic fabrics will blend in with just about any style.
A set of dishes for outdoor dining is a thoughtful gift, and melamine is the material of choice for many people. This sturdy and shiny material is perfect for dishes that will have a bit more wear and tear than usual. Check out Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Ikea and other stores for a vast selection of colors and patterns. If you would rather give outdoor table accents, a colorful set of rustic place mats and napkins will surely be appreciated.
Wind chimes and fountains are classic patio decorations that add to the ambience of the space. There are traditional hanging wind chimes and free-standing ones as well, often attached to a piece of patio art. The sound of trickling water from a fountain adds something special to the atmosphere, and there are many choices here. A garden-style trickling fountain is a lovely green addition. Or the couple may prefer an artsy copper and steel edifice with water splashing from one level to another.
Shade is always welcome in an outdoor living area, and there are a variety of different ways to add it. A patio roll-up shade with a subtle Art Deco design or rustic finish would be a useful gift for any outdoor space. Bamboo shades are attractive and withstand the elements well. Another option is a standing umbrella. These are convenient because they can easily be adjusted to move the shade right where it’s needed.
Hammocks have surged in popularity this year, and there’s a good chance that this will be a welcome addition to the newlyweds’ outdoor living space. A hammock with its own stand is easy to set up and find a place for on the patio. They’re available from the simple hammock to the ultra-luxurious model in a variety of colors, fabrics and textures. A hanging hammock-style chair can also be a popular addition to a patio.
A vintage-style outdoor fan is one idea for giving a comfortable bohemian look to a patio. And a custom-made basket filled with beautiful shells would make a lovely centerpiece for an outdoor table. A set of graduated size planters with an artsy pattern will go with just about any décor, or you could gift the couple with an outdoor wire stand to keep them on.
Patios need lighting, and there are some unique and stylish choices that add to the look of an outdoor space. Free-standing lanterns that can sit on an end table or on the floor are handy and attractive. You can even get them with a built-in mosquito-repelling mist. Pillar candles go with just about anything, and they’re a beautiful accent for outdoor spaces. If you really want to splurge, a free-standing fire pit is a classic gift to brighten up the patio. It also provides an intimate and comfortable place for the new couple’s friends to gather.
All of these gift ideas will add to the comfort and style of the newlyweds’ patio. They’re not your usual wedding gifts, but chances are that they’ll be greatly appreciated. Outdoor living is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy a home, and having the right furnishings and décor makes it that much better.