Tag Archives: gift list

Get Those Once in a Lifetime Items with a Prezola Gift List

At one time or another we’ve probably all dreamt of going all out and splashing on that thing we’d really love to own but could never, ever afford (mine is a copper bath if anyone’s asking!) A statement piece of art, a fancy yet oh-so-out-of-our-price-range piece of furniture, or maybe just booking that once in a lifetime, 5* honeymoon.

Yet planning, and paying for, a wedding can really take it out of you (and your wallet!) so you’d be forgiven for thinking that now isn’t really the time to finally take the plunge… Well, my friend, I may just have a solution for you.

A wedding gift list is, traditionally, a way for your friends and family to help you set up for married life. This usually entails new pots and pans, towels, crockery, the odd crystal vase… but what if you either already have that stuff, or you really don’t want it? Wouldn’t it be way cooler to be able to ask everyone to club together to help you splash out your dream items without the awkwardness of asking for cash? WELL NOW YOU CAN!

Prezola are one of my favourite gift list services (in fact, if you pushed me, I’d probably say they were the favourite) for so many reasons, not least of all because of their fantastic group gifting incentive. This means exactly what you’d expect – it enables your guests to contribute to any item over £80 on your list meaning you don’t have to feel guilty for adding something expensive like a new bed or hot pink velvet sofa to it. You can now add those larger items that one person would never be able to buy you on their own and your guests can contribute as much or a little as they’d like.

Prezola work with some of the most fantastic brands too which gives you way more options than a high street store gift registry. Swoon, Lombok, Made.com, Sofa.com, Dyson, Smeg, Graham and Green, Habitat and The White Company are all on their books.

Continue reading

Making Our Bedroom All Nice & Cosy with Prezola

It was so lovely to get such wonderful comments on our living room reveal post a few weeks ago (thanks to Prezola for all the amazing goodies they sourced for us!) and so I’m really excited to be sharing how our bedroom is shaping up with you today.

Those eagle eyed among you might have already noticed, but our major renovations are at a bit of a standstill right now. Being so, soooo busy with work, not having a whole lot in the bank yet still wanting to do as much as we can ourselves has has put a bit of a dampener on progress. BUT the house is totally liveable and I am extremely lucky that Gareth has been loosening the reigns on adding some extra decor items to the main rooms we’re living in (the living room, the bedroom and my office) to make them nicer spaces to be in!

Bombay Duck Berber Embroidered Long CushionBaa Stool Baa Stool Pink Cushions /  SOOUK ‘It Was All A Dream’ Print

Love Inc Neon Heart

Baa Stool Baa Stool Teal Sheepskin Rug

Our house has three bedrooms and the one we’ve chosen to sleep in actually isn’t technically the master (the biggest is the one I use as my office) but we really liked the shape and proportions of this one. Plus the original fireplace is amazing and the double sash windows are totally dreamy.

Before we moved in we took up the disgusting carpet, removed the ancient built-in wardrobe and the POLYSTYRENE stuck to the walls (apparently it used to be used as insulation before, you know, a little thing like fire regulations) and I was tasked with stripping and painting it all white (swipe to see a before shot – seriously, who the hell paints a ceiling YELLOW?) I’m still pretty darn impressed with how it turned out (yay go me!) Although we do plan to add a splash of colour to the walls in the rest of the house, we both really like a white bedroom. We both think it makes it a much calmer space to sleep in, I seriously couldn’t imagine trying to get some shut eye in a psychedelic or over-patterned room! For the same reason we only ever sleep in all-white bedding which I also think makes it feel more like a super fancy hotel room bed. It also makes the best base for more fun cushions or a throw.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not ALL about the accessories and personal touches, which is where Prezola comes in.

Nkuku Bequai Collections Box / Nkuku Bequai Divider Box / Graham & Green Diamond Wire Table Light

Graham & Green Pebble Quilt

Continue reading

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

Why You Should Have a Gift List (Even if you Already Live Together) (4)

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?)

Why You Should Have a Gift List (Even if you Already Live Together) (3)

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.

Why You Should Have a Gift List (Even if you Already Live Together) (8)

Continue reading

Real Bride Interviews: The Prezola Gift List

Real Bride Interviews The Prezola Gift List rachel-jamie (16)

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.

Real Bride Interviews The Prezola Gift List rachel-jamie (2)

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.

Real Bride Interviews The Prezola Gift List rachel-jamie (11)

Continue reading

What Have You Always Wanted To Do?

humdinger-days-wedding-gift-list-adventure

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.

humdinger-days-wedding-gift-list-driving

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.

humdinger-days-wedding-gift-list-river

Continue reading

How to Plan a Gift List That Keeps Everyone Happy

prezola rocknrollbride1

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.

prezola_rocknrollbride_pinks

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.

prezola_rocknrollbride_orange

Continue reading

The Wedding Gift List That Dreams Are Made Of…

Dom Perignon

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.

prezola-rocknrollbride-wishlist

 

(See my full wish list)

Continue reading

Patchwork, A Truly Alternative Gift Registry

honeymoon-on-route-66-patchwork

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.

tattoo-patchwork

Continue reading

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

beach-logo

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.

Vegas

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.

RoadTrip

Continue reading

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…

Scrummy.

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.

Continue reading

Cash Wedding Registries with Deposit a Gift

Earlier this month I went to lunch with one of my best and oldest friends, Katie. We’ve known each other for years, ever since we started skipping Sunday School together! Anyway, this lunch was extra special (and it wasn’t just because we went to Wagamamas) because she told me she was getting married…in March! Yes in under 3 months time!

Anyway one of the first things we got talking about (after the dress of course) was the wedding gift registry. She told me they’d decided to go for the cash registry option and wanted to know if I thought it was ‘tacky’ to ask for money over gifts. They already live together, but they want to have the honeymoon of their lives. So, instead of asking for toasters, dinnerwear and cushions, they’re asking people to contribute as much as they feel comfortable with towards their dream trip. They’ve added small things from as little as £5.50 for a favourite cocktail, all the way to a few hundred pounds for flights. I thought it was a great idea! Who needs another throw cushion anyway!?

So for this reason, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Deposit a Gift today. Deposit a Gift offers just the service Katie is after. Founder Dana Ostomel says,

Deposit a Gift gives engaged couples what they want most: Flexibility. Our cash wedding registry lets friends and family contribute monetary gifts towards the dreams and experiences they actually want, not ‘stuff’ they don’t. It’s incredibly user friendly, and offers a great alternative to traditional registries. Simply put, it’s a less crass way of asking for cash.”

Continue reading

WIN with the Zankyou £500 Cash Giveaway!

Alternative gift list specialists Zankyou have just launched a contest which I think you’ll all want to know about – who wouldn’t want to win some lovely cash to spend on themselves? You could put it towards your wedding, something for your marital nest (aww) or just that new pair of shoes you’ve been lusting after!

To enter simply register with Zankyou between now and the 30th of October and you will be automatically entered into the draw for your chance to win one of five £100 cash prizes to spend as you wish!

You can read more about Zankyou and why I love love love them and their service on the blog here, and you can read more about this contest on their website here.

ZY cash giveaway cash note large

Ts & Cs

How to enter: Create an account with a valid email with Zankyou during the promotional period and you will be automatically entered in to the draw.
How to Win: 5 individuals with Zankyou accounts created during the promotional period will be selected at random. Limit of one prize per account or individual (as two persons can be associated with one account).
Expiry Date: 11:59 PM (23:59), 30th of October 2011
Prize: £100 cash provided in the winner’s Zankyou gift list account and transferred to their personal bank account on request with no fees or charges. There is no obligation to use the Zankyou wedding list gift service to receive the prize. Entrants must live in the UK and have a valid UK bank account. Winners will be chosen by Zankyou.com on the 30th of October 2011 and contacted via email. All winners will also be announced on the Zankyou website. Prize Draw Rules apply*

Continue reading

Under the Spotlight – Zankyou

The traditional gift list may be a thing of the past for a lot of Rock n Roll couples. With more people than ever living together before they marry and with many of us being shopaholics (OK I’m talking about myself here!) it’s pretty easy to fill your love nest with everyday pretties reasonably sharpish. Also, what if your taste is less John Lewis and more Marc Jacobs? Maybe you’d rather spend hours browsing etsy for cute, handmade things than the aisles of a soulless department store staring at dinner services and throws that your Granny would like. Or maybe travel is more your thing? How would you like your guests to be able to donate towards your honeymoon instead? Or even pay for a fancy meal out somewhere?

Zankyou’s unique product suits all kinds of couples (even us Rock n Roll Brides!) and offers freedom and flexibility in your gift list choices. Also, thanks to the multilingual nature of the service, it is a particular favourite among couples from different countries, those having a destination wedding or those with guests coming from abroad. And for those computer-phobic relatives, they even offer a telephone service…in 6 different languages!

Continue reading