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Why You Should Have a Gift List (Even if you Already Live Together)

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For many couples, the idea of creating a wedding gift list probably feels a bit awkward… like you’re expecting your guests to buy you something. Believe me, I know the feeling. It was my birthday last week and I felt so awkward about the whole “So what do you want for your birthday?” question that I just told everyone the same thing and ended up with three Jo Malone Oud and Bergamot candles. Not that that’s really a problem mind, it smells freaking amazing.

Believe it or not, the majority of your guests really do want to buy a present for your wedding. So here are six reasons why I think you should suck up the awkward and start that gift registry!

Lots of your guests will want to buy you a gift

Your wedding is one of the most special in your entire lives and most of your guests do actually want to give you a gift to commemorate that day. It’s also a chance for them to help you build your lives as a married couple and maybe even buy you a future heirloom that will forever remind you of them.

It’s makes it easy for your guests

A wedding gift list makes it much more straight-forward for your guests and you get what you want. It can actually be harder if there’s no gift list at all, since many of your guests will wonder what the protocol is, how much to spend, what you’ll find useful etc. Having a list also avoids my problem of duplicate gifts because once someone buys something for you, it comes off meaning you won’t end up with 37 Jo Malone candles (although OMG how good would your house smell?)

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You’ll have gifts to keep for ever

There aren’t many special occasions when you get to choose gifts that will become family heirlooms in the future. This is the time to register for something you might never have the money to buy for yourself.

You can ask for exactly what you want!

Gift lists are no longer boring or old-fashioned. Nowadays you can tailor-make a gift list to reflect your personal style. If you don’t want or need a new toaster, then you don’t have to ask for one! A Prezola gift list can include anything from homeware to honeymoon contributions, cash to charity donations!

Some guests think asking for cash is rude

Although there’s less of a taboo with asking for cash as there used to be, some guests (maybe your older ones) are often less keen on giving cash. They might not be sure how much to give, or are worried it’ll just go on boring things like bills! While you can add cash contributions to a Prezola gift list, you should still include plenty of physical items for your more traditional relatives.

Online gift list services are great for busy couples who like to do their ‘wedmin’ online

Unlike gift registries in high street shops, online gift lists tend to offer way more flexibility as you’re not limited to one store or chain. With Prezola, the UK’s leading specialist online wedding gift list company, you can add items to your list from anywhere online. They list over 30,000 products from 300 different shops including Wedgwood, Le Creuset, The White Company, Graham & Green and Soho Home. Using an online gift list is also super easy and means you can create and add to your list on the move or at home on the sofa, without having to go into a store to do so.

Using Prezola is completely free, including using their dedicated Personal Shopper service, free delivery of all your items and optional gift wrapping. If you want to include cash contributions, a honeymoon fund, charity donations, gift vouchers or to add bespoke gifts from sites they do not already represent, then there’s a flat one-off fee of just £59.

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Real Bride Interviews: The Prezola Gift List

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When my sister got engaged, and she and her now-husband started considering gift lists, I immediately told her to check out Prezola. Like many soon-to-be-married couples, they not only already lived together and so had many of the traditional wedding gifts already covered, but because they wanted flexibility with what they could add to their registry. Today I sat down with Rachel to talk to her about how she found the wedding planning and Prezola experience.

What was your favourite thing about the wedding?

The wedding ceremony in the woods, it was so beautiful to see everyone come together and to say our vows to each other in front of the people we love.

What tip would you give couples planning their wedding?

You only get one wedding day (hopefully) so make it a day which you and your partner will love, and try to imagine what it will be like for a guest attending your wedding – no one wants to wait around for three hours with nothing to do while you have your photos taken!

Did you have a honeymoon?

Yes, three weeks in Mexico! It was amazing: we spent a week visiting Aztec and Mayan sites, a week in small colonial towns and cities, and a week on an Island lying on the beach. We went caving, quad biking, zip-lining, snorkelling, diving, swan in cenotes, went deep into the jungle, and ate way too many soft tacos and guacamole.

Probably the best thing we did was swimming with 250 whale sharks off the cost of Isla Mujures, it was amazing swimming alongside them, we felt like we were migrating whales ourselves. We also spent a day floating in natural pink salt lakes with wild flamingos everywhere, it was pretty cool.

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Why did you choose Prezola for your gift list?

We already had a home together before getting engaged, and while there were some things we wanted for the house, we also wanted money towards our honeymoon. Prezola seemed to be the perfect choice, as we could have both on one list!

What was your favourite thing about Prezola?

The flexibility of being able to add things not just from their linked suppliers, but from any and every website. We buy a lot of things from Etsy for example, so it was great to be able to add some treats from our favourite sellers to our list. We liked that it wasn’t restricted at all!

We also were really pleased we paid the add on cost to get honeymoon contributions (it was £59) too. We really liked being able to tailor this – so rather than just asking people to donate money they could buy items on our list such as ‘Dinner for two in Mexico’, ‘Snorkelling for two’, ‘Cocktails on the beach’ etc. It made it more personal for the guests as after they saw our honeymoon photos and could see us enjoying the specific thing they’d bought us. It also meant we could have a huge price range of gifts (we had things for £10 up to things for £400!) so there was something in everyone’s price range.

How long did you take to create your gift list?

It was really quick to set up, then we probably spent a couple of hours looking for things to add (as we had so much choice and could look at any website!) We also kept going back and adding things in the first few weeks.

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What Have You Always Wanted To Do?

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My husband and I like to play the ‘what if’ game on a regular basis. What if money was no object, where would we like to go on holiday/ where would we like to live/ what would be our biggest dream? It’s just a bit of fun, but it also helps us realise what we really want to do with our lives. Sometimes it even helps us to kick start actually making plans to make them happen!

So when I heard about Humdinger Days, a unique Bucket List inspired gift list, I was instantly intrigued. Unlike a lot of wedding registries that focus on the ‘stuff’, they prioritise experiences meaning that if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, or somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, your guests can donate money towards it!

The first year of marriage can be tough, things change a lot (mostly for the better though!) and if you’re anything like us, money can be really tight. Having things to look forward to post-wedding can be really important. I don’t know about you, but I’m also much happier when Gareth and I do things together, rather than just filling our already over-cluttered home with more things.

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So how does Humdinger Days’ Bucket List work? Well first of all, your list is completely personal to you, meaning you can just add the things you really want to do to it. Their ‘Suggest a Day’ feature is also really cool. If there’s something not on their list of experiences that you’ve always wanted to do they will not only add it but they can even make all the arrangements for you too!

Their experiences range from £9 – £1000+. Some pre-listed examples to get you started include:

Extraordinary Hen & Stag Events
Be a blacksmith and forge a sword, reveal your personal colours and style, London treasure hunt in classic minis, battle your opponents and become a knight.

Special Opportunities for Your Wedding Day
Forge your own wedding rings, fun coaching day on how to present a speech.

Super Dates for Your Future Together
Cook and dine in a UK top 50 restaurant, climb the three peaks, drive in a classic or super car road trip, fly a loop the loop.

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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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The Wedding Gift List That Dreams Are Made Of…

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When wedding gift list specialists Prezola asked me if I’d like to “test them” by compiling a fantasy gift list of anything I could possibly dream of wanting, and seeing if they could deliver it all, I thought it would be fun way to pass a drizzly Tuesday afternoon… and it was… well, until it wasn’t.

Let me explain.

I merrily click-click-clicked along, adding more and more pretty (and overwhelmingly pink!) things to my dream gift list. I looked back at it all and thought “Maaan, our house would look so good with all that stuff in it”. But then it dawned on me, I actually didn’t get to keep any of it! What a travesty!

Luckily for you though you are actually getting married and anything you add to your list may actually end up on your marital doorstep. I AM FOREVER JEALOUS.

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(See my full wish list)

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Patchwork, A Truly Alternative Gift Registry

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I’ve written about many amazing alternative gift list services before, but I’m yet to find one that allows you to register for literally anything you want… until now. When Gareth and I were engaged we went with the surprisingly traditional option of a department store registry. While we had a lot of fun running around  pretending we were on Supermarket Sweep, I do wish we’d know about some more alternative options. I guess they just weren’t around in 2007!

Wanting to offer engaged couples a wider range of options for their gift registries, Olivia Knight had the idea for Patchwork when she got married two years ago. Not wanting homewares or the usual generic gift list junk, she came up with the idea to allow couples to register for anything they might want – from a True Love Tattoo to a Honeymoon on Route 66 or even to help fund the Wedding itself. In a nutshell, if you can imagine it, you can register for it.

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