Mention wedding lists and to some they conjure up a picture of head scarfed ladies and men in cords, tweed jackets and brogues traipsing round Peter Jones in Sloane Square with a clipboard ticking off a list of items for their wedding list.
Whilst Peter Jones/John Lewis are still popular with many couples as they are experts at what they do and offer a no-quibble exchange service, there are now new kids on the block challenging for the wedding list market and appealing to fashionable young brides. After all, wedding lists are an extremely efficient way of ensuring your friends and relations know your taste and enable guests to spend as much or as little as they wish whilst allowing the couple to build up the set of china, bed linen, matching lamps, etc. without receiving four toasters or a dreadful china ornament that then has to be displayed every time the donor comes to visit until sufficient time has passed that allows for the tragic “accident”!
Prezola is an on-line wedding gift list, and was winner of the Best Gift List at the British Wedding Awards 2016. Its new approach appeals to many. Here guests can choose anything from a hotel break to kitchenware, champagne to cash gifts; ensuring there is something for everyone’s budget.
The Honeymoon Gift List allows couples to realise the honeymoon of their dreams. as an alternative to receiving gifts. Instead of pots and pans, friends or family could treat you to a luxury dinner on a tropical beach! You can make your list as simple or as detailed as you like, and you can include absolutely anything you wish, to ensure you cater for all budgets – from airport parking at Gatwick, to an afternoon’s snorkelling trip to a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel or diner on a beach. Your guests visit the online gift list you’ve put together, choose any of the ideas you’ve included and leave you a personal message. They then simply pay the value of their gift to you directly, facilitated online by the site.
For eco-conscious couples or those who feel they have no need for additional possessions, then there are other creative idea such as a gift to The Woodland Trust. By dedicating a Woodland Trust tree or woodland area for your wedding you are able to mark your special day whilst helping to ensure the survival of native UK woodland. From single trees to groves with benches, there are options in woods across the UK to suit every budget.