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A showcase display of Kiki McDonough jewellery with glasses with Nyetimber sparkling wine
Wiktoria Maliszewska

Bridal Jewellery Q&A Event with Kiki McDonough & Nyetimber

Planning your wedding jewellery? Join us as we take you through our special evening with Kiki McDonough and Nyetimber. A truly special event for future brides and mothers-of-the-bride (and grooms!), held in our iconic London showroom, celebrating the wedding and jewellery gift treasures that can be cherished forever.

Read on to discover more about this exclusive night, and get inspired by Kiki's top jewellery tips and styling advice, including how to wear the iconic Kiki Tiara.

A showcase of pastel blue Kiki McDonough jewellery in The Wedding Present Company showroom
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Founded in London by fifth-generation jeweller Kiki McDonough, the eponymous fine jewellery brand is renowned for showcasing vibrant gemstones in timeless and wearable designs. Kiki's stunning creations are made to complement modern life, so there's no surprise that generations around the world fell in love with the brand. Crafted with exceptional skill and a commitment to responsible sourcing, these colourful works of art bring joy and become cherished heirlooms, passed down for years to come.

A showcase of Kiki McDonough bridal jewellery in The Wedding Present Company showroom
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A tableware and goodie bag display in The Wedding Present Company Showroom
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Sharing the mutual passion for gifts that are loved and treasured forever, we were honoured to collaborate with Kiki McDonough on this event. What began as an ordinary Tuesday was transformed into a brilliant evening for future brides and mothers-of-the-bride (and grooms!), filled with drinks, canapés, and stunning jewellery.

Toasting with flutes with Nyetimber English sparkling wine outside The Wedding Present Company showroom
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Future brides browsing through The Wedding Present Company presents and Kiki Mcdonough jewellery
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In true WPC style, guests were greeted with a glass of Nyetimber English sparkling wine, with refills flowing freely throughout the evening. As they explored the stunning display of Kiki McDonough's bridal collection alongside a curated selection of wedding gift ideas, our experienced Wedding List Advisors were also on hand to offer expert gift advice.

A beautiful pastel blue and pink tablescape design with pattern table linen, brass homeware accessories, flowers and a bottle of Nyetimber
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The pièce de résistance? A captivating conversation with Kiki McDonough herself, hosted by the WPC bride and esteemed editor, Rosalyn Wikeley

Did you miss this special evening? Read on as Kiki shared her top jewellery tips and styling advice, including how to wear the iconic Kiki Tiara.

KIKI MCDONOUGH'S JEWELLERY TIPS

Rosalyn Wikeley: So, Kiki, first thing’s first, who is the Kiki McDonough bride or mother of the bride? 

Kiki McDonough: Well of course the most important thing about brides is that they like my jewellery – so we’ll start off with that! But the Kiki McDonough bride is not the kind interested in cutting edge, trendy pieces. What we do is beautiful jewellery that women are going to feel more confident in when they put it on. And it lasts.  

I always advise brides not to buy a pair of earrings that are only suitable for the day. It’s always best to consider when you will next wear these pieces - make sure you buy something for your lifestyle. If you buy something that’s trend-led, in a year’s time you might not want to wear it again. 

In answer to your question about mothers of the bride, what I find funny about them is that if mothers and daughters come into the store together, it’s always the daughters persuading the mothers to up their game!  

It’s really funny to watch particularly because it’s so different from when I got married for the first time in 1970, a long time ago, and back then my mother said, ‘why don’t you wear that and that’ and I said ‘ok!’. You didn’t have this amazing choice of jewellery; you just wore what you were told. 

A conversation between Kiki McDonough and Rosalyn Wikelye in The Wedding Present Company showroom
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So, take us through your new bridal edit, what was the inspiration behind it, especially for the pearls, are there any standout pieces? 

The new bridal edit celebrates the wonderfully distinctive, natural, iridescent sheen of precious pearls. I’ve always loved pearls, and think they exude effortless yet enduring style - and they have a radiant glow! The new collection features pendant necklaces and earrings, and the designs are modern classics which are intricate yet contemporary and can be passed down for generations. I also wanted to incorporate motifs, such as snowflakes for winter weddings and clovers for luck created using diamonds and have included blue topaz for the ‘something blue’ element! 


How lovely. The format for weddings in the last ten years has changed to be a day event followed by an evening party. Do you ever have brides coming to you for evening jewels, and if so, what are the kind of things they’re looking for?  

Well, if you are going to do that you either buy a pair of evening earrings and keep them on or buy our detachable earrings. The detachables consist of a diamond hoop to which a pearl can be attached for the ceremony and then swapped for something else in the evening. You’ll then have two completely different pairs of earrings but only one pair of hoops; a bit like a charm bracelet. I started the detachable collection 20 years ago now, so this year is the celebration of 20 years of detachables. 

A showcase of Kiki McDonough bridal jewellery in The Wedding Present Company showroom
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A showcase of Kiki McDonough bridal jewellery and tiara in The Wedding Present Company showroom
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I’d love to move on to the tiara you designed, can you tell us more about that? 

In the Power & Image tiara exhibition at Sotheby’s there were only two modern tiaras in the exhibition and mine was one of them, so I was very pleased about that! I think they’re fabulous and if they’re placed correctly and the hair is done right then you must get married in a tiara if you can get your hands on one! When you wear a tiara you walk in a different way, you move in a different way, and you hold your head up higher. Put the tiara on and suddenly you’re 6 inches taller. 

A huge thank you to our wonderful clients who attended the event, discover our new pearl collection here and keep an eye out for future events we will be holding. 

A beautiful pastel blue and pink tablescape design with pattern table linen, brass homeware accessories and  a bottle of Nyetimber
Wiktoria Maliszewska

GET INSPIRED

Grand Luxe Jewellery Case, L24 x W33cm, Latte Lizard
Aspinal of London
£695.00
Classic Cuvee Multi Vintage, Single Bottle, 750ml
Nyetimber
£41.50
Salt & Pepper Mill, 12cm, Bobbin Chubbie, Chambray Blue
Addison Ross
£54.00
Placemat, D38cm, Scalloped Abaca, Natural
Rebecca Udall
£22.00
Set of 6 Dinner Plates, D26.5cm, Eleanor, Blue
Rebecca Udall
£200.00
Set of 6 Cereal Bowls, D15cm, Eleanor, Blue
Rebecca Udall
£140.00
Mbata Candlestick, Small, H20cm, Antique Brass
Nkuku
£25.00
Set of 6 Tapered Dinner Candles, H25cm, Latte
Candle Flair
£18.00
Water glass, 14.5cm - 300ml, Studio - Siena, Blue
William Yeoward Crystal
£75.00
Rose Multi Vintage, Single Bottle, 750ml
Nyetimber
£46.00
Medium Linen Tablecloth, 180 x 300cm, White
Issy Granger
£230.00
Salt & Pepper Mill, 12cm, Bobbin Chubbie, Cappuccino
Addison Ross
£54.00
Set of 4 Napkins, 45 x 45cm, Ditsy, Blue
SARAH.K
£26.00
set of 4 red wine glasses, 400ml, Bach
Luigi Bormioli
£40.00
Wine coaster, 13.3cm, Plain Heavy, sterling silver
Classic Silverware
£317.00