As a wedding planner I see a lot of unique wedding gift ideas. I see those that buy the towels that the couple registered for (which is always much appreciated), I see those that give money or gift card (which is always much needed)…. and those that shop outside the box for something unique (which is always a bit risky). Even though it is risky, if I know the couple well, I like to shop outside the box for something that will be special. I like to give gifts with meaning. Something that they will keep in their home for the rest of their marriage, looking at it often and remembering their wedding day. Whether it is a piece of pottery that I painted myself, a matted and framed photo or a special ‘package’ of gifts with a theme…. I am always looking for that special something. I thought I would share with you today my most favorite gift to give the newlyweds on their wedding day. It is something that is affordable (only $18), beautiful, meaningful and helps the world! I know, you thought something like that couldn’t exist…. well, my friends, it does! Continue reading to find out what it is!
Introducing the Kisii Stone Wedding Sculpture from Ten Thousand Villages.
Why do I love this? The story behind what it represents:
The Kisii stone wedding sculpture, carved by the Undugu Society of Kenya, holds deep significance. The smaller loop symbolizes the bride. It is placed under the large loop (the groom) because the husband will be her hunter and protector for the rest of their lives. The two loops stand for the two individuals that have become joined through marriage but are still two individual people. Family or close friends give the sculpture to the couple on their wedding day.
The traditional blessing that accompanies the sculpture says: May the union last as long as the stone from which the sculpture is carved.
I also love purchasing items from Ten Thousand Villages because of why and how they were formed: Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique, handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. (Find out more about Ten Thousand Villages)
So, if you’re like me and are looking for that “perfect” gift, perhaps the Kisii Stone Wedding Sculpture from Ten Thousand Villages is just what you’re looking for. Find a location here or purchase online!