How to Plan a Gift List That Keeps Everyone Happy

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Some of you might feel a bit weird about asking for wedding gifts (how frightfully British!) but actually, having a gift list really helps out your guests. These days, there are so many alternative gift list services available for those of you that want a more flexible registry, but one of my very favourites is Prezola (so much so that I’ve convinced my own sister to use them for her July wedding!)

The reason I rave about them so much is that they not only offer a range of 30,000 gorgeous gifts supplied by 300 top homeware and specialist boutique brands (including Portmeirion, The White Company, Cox & Cox and Jonathon Adler), but if you upgrade to a Premier Plus account, which costs just £39, you’re also able to add honeymoon funds, cash contributions, charity donations and custom gifts from stores not already represented on the service (which is awesome for those of you that love Etsy or want to support independent designers).

Here are some bonus tips to take the awkwardness out of asking for gifts, and to make sure you keep everyone happy!

Make sure you actually have a registry

Don’t be shy – you’re making things easier for your friends and family and it’s what your guests will expect. It may seem old-fashioned, and many of us have already set up home by the time we tie the knot, but your wedding is still marking the start of your life together. Older generations especially really appreciate being able to help you on your way with a traditional gift such as dinner sets, bed linen, glassware and quality oven ware. With established brands such as Denby, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton available at Prezola, you can make sure you include items from these time-honoured experts, that will last a lifetime. Choose carefully, and these gifts could be passed down to your children one day too.

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Give your guests plenty of choice

Prezola recommend adding twice as many products as invitations being sent to give your guests lots of choice, for every budget and sensibility, from traditional gifts to quirky items that reflect your personalities, experiences and cash gifts. Prezola treat you to 10% off everything still on the list after your wedding (it’s left open for a couple of weeks while you honeymoon) so you can complete a set here and make sure you get your favourites there, if you wish.

Make it about your home together

Don’t forget that your friends and family love to feel that they’re helping you establish your life together by buying you items you’ll share. See this as an opportunity to upgrade some items to really special pieces to treasure. When you compile your list, go around all the rooms of your house – think about the kitchen, tableware, bed and bath, home décor, electricals and outdoors. Prezola provide a handy check list for you when you create an account.

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Casual Wedding Officiated by Batman

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I’m not sure there’s anything cooler than having your wedding officiated by a superhero! Emily and Eric’s Saratoga Springs wedding wasn’t really themed though, they just picked random things that they liked and threw them all together.

“Our wedding was casual with a touch of vintage, and rustic,” said the bride. “We didn’t have one set theme. Our minister was Batman and the ceremony was short and sweet. Our officiant wrote a beautiful speech and we did our own vows. The tone was very honest and sincere. The strangest part was that even though we were up there in front of all of our friends and family, it felt like it was just us and our minister. It was very intimate. Don’t look at the crowd! ”

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“We spent months collecting vintage oil lamps for décor”, she continued. “We also took part in a German log cutting tradition. We also had pictures to honour some of our loved ones who are no longer with us (his granddads, my grandparents) on a little table as part of our lounge set up. We did our own flower arrangements and my dad made all of the wooden boxes. The day before the wedding all the women in the family got together and had mimosas and arranged the flowers. We were supposed to have two cakes delivered, but they didn’t show up! So some friends ran off to a supermarket and bought a bunch of different cakes. In the end, our cake table ended up looking beautiful!”

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Intimate Family-Only Wedding at Harvard University

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Alison and John had a super intimate ceremony at Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. The bride loves the 1940s so that was the jumping off point for her incredible outfit which a long black number with an open back from Fame and Partners. She made her own veil and got her bouquet from Trader Joe’s the morning of the wedding!

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“When we started wedding planning, all we knew was that we wanted something small”, Alison said. “We had planned on eloping, but after I thought about it for a couple days I knew I wanted my family to be there.”

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Retro ‘Til Death Do Us Part Wedding in Holland

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Raisa and Maite, two creative and edgy girls from Holland and Germany, were married outside in August. “The overall theme was a vintage and ’til death do us part,” they said. “We also had touches of a festival theme and lot of skulls and skeletons in all the props, stationery and on the cakes. We tried to make it as colourful and fun as possible. Maite has a thing for skeletons and skulls, and Raisa loves festivals and the circus so we wanted to mesh the two together.”

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“Our wedding was so special because we made so much of it ourselves. The wedding was very personal and not only for us, but also for our guests. One of our favourite things was ‘the great wedding bake off’ which was a huge success. We only expected a few people to bring cakes as many of our guests had to travel a long way, but I think we ended up with at least 15 of them!”

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Romantic Elopement at Fitzroy Gardens

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Natalie and Aaron wanted a small wedding, that was just for them. They were married at Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne with just nine guests. “The inspiration for our wedding was to have a low key, romantic elopement with beautiful spring flowers all around us”, the bride said. “We had originally planned a wedding for around 80 guests which was meant to happen next July, but after I became very anxious and stressed we decided to drop that in favour of our little ceremony. By doing a small ceremony we saved thousands of dollars too.”

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“We had only nine guests which made the day feel really special and intimate compared to the other weddings we’ve been to. Even though our day was small, at times organising things was still stressful. I think I assumed that because we went so small that it would be super breezy but it can still be a really overwhelming process, I wish I’d just taken the time to relax more leading up to it.”

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Eclectic Bohemian Hippie Wedding

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Kirsty and Mike were married on Friday 31st July at Barmbyfields Barn in York. They chose that date because it was a Blue Moon (the 2nd full moon in a month which only happens every three years) which is said to be a very powerful and magical time to get married.

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“Our wedding theme evolved as we went along, but I guess you could describe it as boho hippie goes to a metal gig!”, the bride began. “It was a very eclectic mix of ideas from ourselves and our children. We collected things and recycled stuff and we kind of wanted the barn to feel like our house rather than a wedding. We even took a fireplace there and set up some logs and some trinkets and we hung a picture of My Dad it. We set our head table in front of the fireplace and we brought our own chairs from home to sit on.”

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