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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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Don’t Want the Usual, Boring Gift Registry? Ask your Guests to Buy Your Honeymoon!

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More couples than ever before are looking for alternative gift list ideas. Adding new pots and pans to a department store registry is about as exciting as it sounds, which is why so many newlyweds are opting to forgo the new linens and ask for money towards getting started in their new married life or for something they’ve always wanted but could never afford.

The whole ‘asking for cash’ thing can be a bit daunting though. Sure, there are cute ways you can do it, with poems in your invites or whatever, but the fact of the matter that asking your guests to show you the money is a bit… er… awkward.

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Apart from the inherent embarrassment of asking for money, the real trouble with requesting cash is that a lot of guests really don’t like the idea of just slipping money into a wedding card. It can easily get lost in the madness of the day but also (and forgive me but) it feels a little bit gross and impersonal too. No thought goes into the gift buying when it’s just cash exchanging hands. A lot of older relatives, in particular, really enjoy the gift buying and giving process. There’s also something quite special about being able to think “Aww Aunt Mildred gave us this china and we’re going to use it forever”.

So what are your options if you don’t need more house stuff and you’ve decided you really don’t want to just ask for money?

There are many services that offer honeymoon gift lists these days, in fact I’d imagine that many of you are already considering using one of them. Because these systems allow your guests to buy a tangible gift that you’ll enjoy on your honeymoon, they also really solve any problems that some guests might have with the idea of just handing over money. So let me take a moment to introduce to you to one the market leaders, a UK based company, who have been around for over six years – Buy Our Honeymoon.

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Table Top Treats from Mateus

Pinterest has a lot to answer for. I’ve spent many an hour gushing over my ‘Pinterest house’ whilst ignoring the pile of washing up/my extensive floordrobe/the DIY jobs in my ‘real-life house’. Well haven’t we all?

A little word of warning, if you’ve been trying to curb your additction I’m afraid today’s spotlight post isn’t going to help you on your road to recovery AT ALL (sorry about that).

I’ve just been introduced to the work of Swedish design company Mateus. These cereamics and table top treats would be perfect in my Pinterest house. Let me illustrate…

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Mateus ceramics are all about feelings,” designer Teresa Lundahl, who started the company in 1993 explains. “A design that creates added warmth to the home. A material that stimulates the senses and communicates the feeling of authentic craftsmanship. Mateus is all about the meeting between modern Swedish design and traditional Portuguese craftsmanship.”

My feeling? I want. I want it all.

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