Creative Wedding Gift Ideas

Gone are the days when guests turned up to weddings with toasters and china to present to newlyweds as their wedding gifts. With the advent of cohabiting, couples tend to have already furnished their homes and so don’t require the traditional starter home gifts. These days, it is more common for invites to say “we request monetary gifts”, “contributions towards a store gift list” “vouchers” or more simply “your presence is enough of a gift”. We have come up with interesting and creative gift ideas, big and small for the less traditional couple…

Contribution towards honeymoon

This is becoming an increasingly popular notion for financially savvy couples trying to save money

Mr and Mrs Pillowcases

It’s unlikely they’ll receive 2 of these, making your gift a memorable one

An experience day

This can be as wild as jumping out of an airplane or as relaxing as a couple’s spa day

Tickets

If you know the couple very well, you can be different and buy them tickets to the theatre or a show that you know they will appreciate/enjoy after their honeymoon.

Artwork

Most homes these days tend to have a bit of artwork in them so if you know their taste or have visited the couple’s home, buy them that perfect piece.

Cooking Classes

Especially if you know that one or both of the newlyweds have culinary challenges, this would be great. 

Towards the Day

If you are close enough to the couple, you can make a contribution towards their day, by paying for some or all a service/item you know they want. 

Wii Fit

For the fitness fanatic couple, why not buy them a wii fit? A nice way to stay fit and healthy, together and in the comfort of their home 

Games Console

We’re not sure if the groom will love you more than the bride will hate you for this gift. 

The Wild Card

This could be anything…crazy, quirky, irrelevant, funny, personal, if you can think of it, then give it.

What other non-traditional wedding gift ideas can you think of?

 

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The last 3 months part 2

Hi dolls

Here is the second half of my last 3 months blog post…

As with most life changing experiences, change follows. I have had time to really think about my baby (SK) and the direction in which I want to move. Some of the hopes and aspirations as well as target audience have changed or grown as I have grown. As I mentioned in part 1, a chance meeting in my last week in Lagos made everything make sense. The word epiphany may seem dramatic but it’s so apt. After much confusion (or growing pains) over SK, suddenly it all made sense.

Now that I’m back in the UK; goals, plans and strategy documents are being worked on. And in light of this, I think a rebrand is in order. By rebrand I’m not simply referring to logos and website but I mean core business, target audience, event types and social media activity. With reference to social media, I began the year with the aim of becoming more consistent and therefore developed weekly and monthly features. As enjoyable as this was, it does take time and after a while it became a tad cumbersome. And also too prescribed. Rather than creating a moodboard on inspiration, it became a function of a Saturday or Sunday evening, in other words forced. Without sounding too much like an airy fairy artist, I don’t want to box in my creativity (too late, cringe). So some of you may have already noticed that the frequency of posts has reduced dramatically and whilst the aim is not to become lazy or deprive our wonderful readers of creative goodness, it is on the whole better for Simply Kayo. It allows time to get on with our core business of designing, managing and executing masterpiece events.

Regarding the rebrand, simplykayo.com will still be familiar to those of you that started with us, but simply a more grown up version. I want to project an image that adequately captures all that I want SK to be and appeal to all audiences for which we will now cater. This is going to be done properly (both on the branding side and the actual business side) so it’s not going to be a quick job. We are still some way off from a big reveal but do watch this space. I will keep you updated as much as I can via this blog, Twitter, Facebook and the newsletter (if you don’t already receive it, do sign up).

I will end this post on a positive note saying that I am extremely excited and feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to experience all that I have in the last 3 months. In addition to that I am so grateful for the support I have received with SK over the last 2.5 years. My family have been incredible (my parents especially) and friends so encouraging. And thank you also to those that became SK family through this blog and other social media. Much love and gratitude to you all.

A few quotes for this moment (all via Pinterest)…

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Fikayo x

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The last 3 months…

Hi lovelies

This is the first in a 2 part blog post on the last 3 months of my life. Needless to say, it is a personal post. Hope you enjoy…

There are times in your life when you feel like either something is missing or you want more. This feeling of discontent is what spurred my decision to spend the last 3 months in Nigeria. For those of you that follow my activities on Facebook and Twitter you would have gathered that indeed I have been living the Lagos (fondly known as Lasgidi) life.

Since going on holiday to Lagos last summer I have had this itch, this feeling that I might want to live in Nigeria. After much thought, I was able to merge the personal and the business. I had noticed that many UK based individuals travel to Nigeria for their special events. So I thought why not go to Nigeria to get to know the environment and learn how events are handled over there.

I felt the best course of action was to work with established planners in order to learn. And thankfully I was fortunate enough to work with the best of the best; namely Zapphaire Events and Eventful. I was a happy girl indeed. I am so grateful to the inspirational women that I fondly call FB and YZ.

The experience was indeed an amazing one. Early on I rashly and prematurely concluded that in fact I didn’t want to be permanently based in Nigeria but just wanted to spend time there a few times in a year planning and coordinating events for UK based clients having events in Nigeria. But somewhere along the way something changed, and now…well lets just say I feel differently.

My 3 months were invaluable and I don’t regret my decision for a second. There’s no way I could have learned all I did online or by talking to someone. In my final week I had what I can only describe as a God ordained epiphany. What seemed like a random ‘bumping into a friend’ turned into an eye opener that really solidified my future plans and ideas for SK (more on that in part 2).

Personally, it was also an amazing time; bonding with family members, making tons of new friends, being munched on by mosquitos, contracting malaria, getting used to non constant electricity, keke maruwa experiences, danfo experiences, roadside food, bukas, beach days and boat rides and so much more.

Then the character development…when you arrive from abroad, everyone thinks you’ll be an “aje buh” (aje butter) meaning pampered I guess. And I’m proud to say that on most fronts I proved them and myself wrong. I discovered that I am adaptable. When it was necessary I used maruwa (tuk tuk cab) to get home. And when in VI, I blended in. I knew my british accent or “phonetics” would get me nowhere in certain settings, especially when trying to get a cab. My Ability to speak and understand Yoruba was a godsend. I didn’t fret over the crazy heat or the unreliable Internet. I just accepted that it was what it was. I learned the art of giving for no reason other than to give, and it will forever stay with me.

I could go on and on about the last 3 months but I won’t because I wouldn’t be able to stop. Whilst in Nigeria I entertained my family endlessly on FaceTime and Skype with my stories.

So I’ll share my experience with you in pictures. Be warned, strong hints of vanity ahead. Enjoy and please do share your thoughts on sabbaticals and life changing experiences.

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Fikayo x

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SK Likes…Fabryan

Imagine my utter joy when the designer behind Fabryan, Samantha-jane Agbontaen gets in touch with me. One look at the website and I couldn’t wait to feature the label on SK Likes. Have a read and feast your eyes on these gorgeous designs.

Tell us what Fabryan is all about?

I have always been a creative person, my mother was a dressmaker; I previously worked in graphic design. I have been surrounded by creativity and felt I want to pursue this further. So I launched Fabryan in September 2010

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In only 3 words describe what Fabryan stands for?

  • Elegant
  • Luxury
  • Ethical

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What is your favourite piece from this season?

It’s hard to pick my favorite, as I love them all. However, the Jackie blouse from my AW13 collection looks amazing on me. I wore it out for dinner last weekend.

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Who would you love to see in one of your dresses?

My dresses look beautiful on women and I want to see more women from all over the world in a Fabryan piece.

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What plans do you have for Fabryan in the future?

I am currently working on my new SS14 collection. I have been brushing up on my textile design skills; Our SS14 collection is going to be feminine, vibrant with strong prints.

Where can our readers find you?

Website – www.fabryan.com

Twitter – www.twitter.com/FabryanLondon

Facebook – www.facebook.com/FabryanCouture

Blog – www.fabryan.com/blog

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Moodboard Monday…Favourtastic

Hey loves

This week’s Moodboard Monday post was inspired by a recent enquiry I received. As a result, I wanted to show different kinds of party favours; from the traditional, to the unique to the yummy. What do you guys think? Have you used any of these ideas? Would you use any of them?

Favours

Fikayo x

Credits

etsy.com
estateweddingsandevents.com
flissycakes.com
godsgraceweddings.blogspot.com
hastings-crystal.co.uk
perfect-wedding-day.co.uk
richgummyandsoftcandles.blogspot.com
somethingsweetcandywrappers.com
wedding-favorideas.blogspot.com

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Moodboard Monday…Everything Stationery

Hi loves

This week I’m focusing on stationery. Moodboard Monday is all about the different designs we’ve showcased on the blog in the past. Which one is your favourite?

Everything Stationery

Fikayo x

Credits

Lish & Lou Bespoke Stationery
theknot.com
etsy.com
Brittany Wong via Pinterest
Southern Weddings Magazine via Pinterest
formal-invitations.com

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Moodboard Monday…Blue and Gold

Hey dolls

Another trawl of Pinterest inspired this week’s Moodboard Monday theme. I saw the blue and gold church and fell in love. It’s just stunning! Who wouldn’t want to get married here? As I was searching for images I came across various blue and gold table design ideas and thought I’d showcase the different things you could do with your table, using this colour scheme. Let me know which one you like best loves.

Blue and Gold

Fikayo x

Credits

floralworksandevents.com
jacquelyn thompson via Pinterest
Mercede Kuykendall via Pinterest
7 Centrepieces via Pinterest

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