When you’re looking forward to your wedding, you’ll also be thinking about what gifts you might ask for, and how to choose things that are going to last over the years. Here, Hayley Baddiley, from the homeware and ceramics brand Denby, takes you through how you can choose presents that will last a lifetime and be a part of your special day.
Deciding on everything for your wedding gift registry can feel overwhelming, especially as you have so much to organise already before the special day arrives. But you’ll be saving money in the future if you use this time to ask for things that will stay stylish and reliable for a long time. So, look around for classic styles, check what materials your favourite gifts are made from, and ask guests for things that really will last.
When you’ve chosen everything for your gift list, you’ll want to create either an online or traditional paper list of presents for your guests. By putting long-lasting items on the list, you can give your guests a way to be a part of you and your partner’s life after the big day. Here, I’ll be offering you my tips for choosing timeless pieces that will last a lifetime.
Choose timeless styles and designs
When you’re looking for items to put on your present registry, always aim for things that will look stylish years later. This will keep your home looking great in the years to come, and save you money as you won’t have to chase trends to keep it that way. As a bonus, this is also more eco-friendly as you will create less waste by holding onto quality items for longer.
Choosing classic, beautiful tableware is one way to keep things timeless. Stoneware ceramics are an elegant choice and come in a variety of glazes, with lots of style differences so you can make the dinner table uniquely yours. For the garden, you might choose traditional garden furniture that won’t go out of style, and cushions and throws in subtle colours that will always be in fashion.
Go for durable materials and craftsmanship
It’s easy to get distracted by the way things look – you want your home to be beautiful after all – but you should also be looking at how things are made, and what they are made out of. Common things that never need replacing are stainless steel cooking utensils and cutlery, and cast iron frying pans. It’s worth putting these hardy items on your gifting list so you can cherish them for years to come.
Fabrics can also be bought so that they are less likely to need replacing for a long time. Wool, cotton, and other natural fibres last a long time without fraying or thinning. Purchasing real velvet, silk, or cotton for your throws, upholstery, and bedding will mean that you save money in the long-run from not needing to replace these items as regularly as you might with cheaper materials.
Think about your hobbies and interests
Many wedding presents focus on the home that the newly married couple will be building together. However, there are lots of other gifts that might help you enjoy your interests, especially hobbies that you share with your partner.
If you enjoy hiking for example, you might ask for a well-designed picnic basket. Or, if you’re fans of camping, a new tent can be a great investment for all the trips you’ll be taking together. Budding gardeners or DIY enthusiasts might love durable tools, while those into gaming will enjoy new games, accessories, and even consoles. So, add in some things that will help you enjoy your downtime with your partner, as well as gifts that will help you put your home together.
Tea drinkers will appreciate a beautiful set of mugs and a classic teapot while coffee lovers could be set up with a coffee dripper or cafetiere. Or, you might want specific cooking items if you love trying out new recipes, such as a cake stand or set of ramen bowls. These are all things that will last for years if you go for well-made pieces that you won’t need to replace often.
You can also ask for money contributions
Although guests will enjoy giving you wrapped gifts, it’s possible to ask for monetary contributions towards your life with your partner. If you are planning a honeymoon, house purchase, or something else special, you might want to ask that family and friends help with this as part of your wedding celebrations.
It can feel intimidating to ask for money instead of presents, but it’s more common than you might think. Most people include the request for money as part of their wedding invitations. This is an elegant way of informing guests about your no-gift policy prior to the wedding. If you are planning for a particular event like a honeymoon, add some details about the trip to give people an idea of what they are contributing to. This will also make them feel involved with your celebrations.
Make a wedding gift registry for guests
Having a gift registry for your wedding is extremely useful, as it allows you to make sure that you only receive presents that you’re going to use. It also gives guests a stress-free way to buy a gift and contribute to your special day.
There are lots of ways that you can create a gifting list, and there are now plenty of online tools to make it easier. If you have some guests who are less comfortable with online shopping, you can choose a gift list tool that has an option to tick off an item and buy it from a retail store, rather than following a link.
If you don’t want to go with an online platform, there’s always the traditional method of putting together the list, and giving out copies to the guests. You can do this by printing it out yourself, or by having it printed professionally. However, if you go with this route, it’s important that the guests confer with each other about who is buying which present, so they don’t double up.
Then, once the gifting list is done, have someone else keep tabs on who is buying which gift. This will make opening the presents much more exciting, as you won’t know who has bought what. It will also take a lot of pressure and admin off your shoulders as you prepare for the wedding.
By following these tips, you can choose gift list items that will be with you throughout the years, saving you money every time you don’t need to replace them.