Yes, times have changed since the days when tying the knot signalled entering adulthood, the moment when young people moved out of their parents’ homes and began a new life together. Back then, the gifts given at their wedding breakfast – be it a hand-stitched quilt or a china tea service – set them up for the future.

These days, most brides and grooms already share an address and, most probably, a fair few home essentials too. If they’ve pooled the contents of two kitchens, they might even have some duplicates. So, asking for a whole new set of tableware as a wedding gift might feel unnecessary. The chances are though, that what they’ve used for mealtimes up until now is nothing special. Plates, cutlery, glasses that do the job, but are quite simply, ordinary.

And that’s why wedding presents still have an important role. Presents can be an opportunity to invest in everyday items as well as the bigger one-offs. They’re a chance to surprise a couple with beautiful pieces – dinner plates, breakfast-in-bed trays and serveware – some that they can enjoy day-in day-out, others to store away safely for special occasions.

How lovely to start married life with homewares that make the simplest Sunday brunch or a supper with friends feel just that bit more special. Think relaxed yet refined napkins in pure linen with a tablecloth to match, and thoughtfully designed cutlery that’s weighty enough to speak of its quality but not so heavy that it’s uncomfortable and fiddly to use.

What’s more, everyday items can – and should – be about lasting the course, so a couple will continue using them for years to come. It’s more common for us to feel that it’s the special occasion pieces that are the ones that should endure, but the best wedding gifts are those that’ll stand the test of time no matter how much they’re used. The happy couple will then unwrap them feeling that your gift is an investment in their future together.

At Neptune, we’ve always believed in longevity, in timeless styles, in not following trends, and in designing for forever. We create our collections with materials that’ll live on and on, using proper joinery and careful making methods, and with a look that’ll never fall out of favour.

In other words, we make pieces that a couple will want to have and to hold every day, pretty much forever. Which, in our book, is a rather lovely message to pass on to two people about to start a life-long journey together.