Today I would like to focus on the Wedding Gift List.
Its a contentious issue, with lots of people, not really liking the idea of presenting their nearest and dearest with a list of things they would like.
Some find the notion embarrassing, especially if they have set up home, and being living together for a while.
But its a fact that those that love you want to celebrate your union by getting you a present.
And it is sometimes better presenting a list of things that are useful to you, rather than having a gift you will store in your garage or the guest wasting their money.
When planning your list, its better to think about items that you really need, before you go looking.
And then if you are using a Department store list, visit a few stores to see who has the best selections.
However, there are many different options these days to the traditional Department store list, and these include honeymoon gift lists and money gift lists.
Remember when putting together a list, to put together a wide range of prices and options that would suit individuals, couples and groups.
Traditionally things like cutlery , glasses and linens are popular as well as the odd electrical item.
Choose things together, and start as you mean to go on. Marriage is a partnership so even though shopping may not be his cup of tea, he will more than likely be using the items you list.
The Honeymoon gift list is a great option to either fund a grander vacation or afford you some exciting experiences on your trip which you ordinarily could not afford.
A Money gift list can be a better option if the couple have been together and living together for a while, as money can then be lumped together to buy larger and luxury items that you would like, but that haven’t been a priority buy.
Whilst lists aren’t for everyone they can solve the problem of six toasters and your umpteenth bale of towels, but it is a personal choice and one that you should both be comfortable with.
Here’s a selection of my favourites –
The Bottom Drawer – http://thebottomdrawer.co.uk
The Bottom Drawer Gift List Service, is the UKs original and longest established flexible gift list service -Perfect for weddings, wedding anniversaries, special birthdays and a great way for friends and family to contribute towards something special
You can choose from hundreds of travel companies for holiday or honeymoon gift registry, have items from hundreds of shops and towards a honeymoon in an all on one gift registry or use the Wedding/Anniversary/Birthday gift list to help pay for a new garden, kitchen, bathroom or car.
The Perfect Present Company – http://www.theperfectpresentcompany.co.uk/
Specialising in Wedding and Wish Lists, The Perfect Present Company has sourced a vast array of top quality and original suppliers, and from their stunning showroom in the heart of Perthshire they are there to help create the perfect list. So whether it’s a nutmeg grater, luxury bed linen or a croquet set, they can deliver almost anything.
Not on the High Street – http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/weddings/lists
3,000 of Britain’s most creative designers and manufacturers as NOTH’S selling partners. They’re a diverse and extremely talented bunch of small independent businesses that share one thing in common – they are passionate about quality, innovation and style. Everything you buy from notonthehighstreet.com comes directly from one of these businesses. So when clients shop with them, they be directly supporting the future and growth of Britain’s creative talent and with their fantastic Gift List that can be done too.
The Vintage Gift List – http://www.thevintageweddinglist.co.uk
The Vintage Wedding List offers a selection of what they believe are some of the best antique presents on the market. Each piece is chosen with care and thought, ranging from the inexpensive and fun to the fine and rare.
Unlike other wedding list companies, they buy all of their products and hold them in stock. Once an item has been added to a wedding list, it is reserved for Bride and Groom for the duration of the list, and if it isn’t purchased it goes back into stock.
Presents can be bought individually, not only for weddings, but also for christenings, birthdays or other special occasions.
Starweds – http://starweds.co.uk/
When you have already got all the toasters you need why not use StarWeds for a sophisticated and hassle-free way to ask your guests for money as wedding gift.
Present Aid – http://www.presentaid.org
Present Aid gifts are a great way to show you care for the people you know and at the same time transform a life for someone you don’t. Not an Official Gift list but a wonderful way to make a difference if you have everything that you need.
Buy Our Honeymoon – http://www.buy-our-honeymoon.com/
Buy Our Honeymoon is the UK’s top online wedding list for dream honeymoons.
Clients can create ultimate fantasy wishlists to transform their honeymoon into the trip of a lifetime, including anything: luxury upgrades, balloon flights, champagne dinners..
I hope that gives you some ideas for something a wee bit different!
Who is your Gift List with ?…..Have you gone traditional High Street or a little more Alternative ?!!!