When it comes to wedding gift lists The Wedding Shop are the experts! Here they share their top tips for creating the perfect list…
Do – Plan ahead and notify guests
Guests will want to buy you something to mark your special day, so a gift list helps guide them in the right direction and takes the stress and worry out of buying that ‘perfect gift.’ We recommend setting up your list before your wedding invitations go out so that you can include list notification cards with your invite. Some guests will be very quick off the mark to look for your list once they receive their invitations so it’s best to have it all completed
Don’t – Forget to think to the future
Take time before compiling your list to decide exactly what you need, what you would really love, and what would be useful to have in the future. Always be mindful that your needs will most likely grow throughout your married life. For example, a dinner service for four people may be sufficient at the moment but may not in years to come when entertaining extended family and friends.
Do – Give guests plenty of choice
Create a list that is slightly bigger than you would expect to receive. Guests like to be inspired and have a large choice of gifts to choose from. Vary the price points; it’s important to include a good range of price points to allow for every guest’s budget. If there is a really special item that’s a little bit more expensive, why not ask your guests to contribute to it? Don’t forget some guests will be more traditional in what they want to buy you, so make sure you have options for all types of guests.
Don’t Forget to make it personal
A gift list is a really good opportunity to choose items that will enhance and suit your lifestyle. If you have certain hobbies that you both love, make sure you add items that will help you continue to enjoy your hobbies. Guests will enjoy buying you gifts that they know are more fun and personal to you.
Do – Get the groom involved
The groom should also be just as involved in creating a gift list. We are seeing that men are starting to take a much more active interest in ensuring the list reflects their personal preferences as much as the bride’s! Especially with gadgets and technology products that are more interesting to guys
Don’t – Worry if you change your mind
When you come to finally closing your list and ordering your items, don’t worry if you change your mind. The Wedding Shop allows 100% flexibility so if you want to make changes or choose different products to what your guest purchased then that’s no problem.
Do – Enjoy the experience
Most importantly have fun! These are gifts that you will enjoy and treasure during your married life together, so it should be a fun and exciting process that you should enjoy doing together.
Don’t – Worry about asking for monetary contributions
If you already think you have all the ‘stuff’ you could possibly fit into your house, then don’t be afraid to ask for cash contributions – it has now become more popular and you shouldn’t be worried about offending guests. This could be for home improvements, honeymoon contributions, or landscaping the garden. Don’t just have cash only on your list – remember to give guests plenty of choice!
About The Wedding Shop
COMPLETE FLEXIBILITY AND UNLIMITED CHOICE, ALL IN ONE PLACE.
Our award winning service helps couples build a list that is entirely personal with absolutely no limits or hidden fees. We offer the largest selection of products with unlimited choice of gifts; more than any other department store.
- You can add cash / honeymoon / charity funds completely free of charge
- No charges for couples or guests
- Beautiful Showrooms (in Selfridges, Chelsea and Dublin) with exceptional product advisors to offer help and guidance
- Online chat and list management help
- Truly personal service
- Complete flexibility – ability to swap gifts
- Free UK delivery
The Wedding Shop stocks more than 35,000 products from over 350 brands and has showrooms in Cheslea, Selfridges (Oxford Street) and Dublin. For more information visit weddingshop.com.