All Present and Correct
25 Aug 2011
All Present and Correct
Jenny Spence from Marriage Gift List offers advice on compiling the perfect list
Gift lists, like couples themselves, are highly personal and unique – gone are the days when a couple could expect to receive a number of similar-shaped boxes on their wedding day only to find they have received eight toasters! Trends are also changing, with most newlyweds already having set up home together prior to the wedding date, meaning that for guests, the challenge of buying something that the couple both wants and needs is becoming even greater.
One of the latest changes in gift trends has been for couples to ask guests to contribute cash towards a honeymoon or donations to a chosen charity. Although traditional etiquette has always tended to discourage from asking for cash, this is now generally accepted as somewhat old fashioned. Guests are more relaxed and open to the idea of contributing money to one large joint gift rather or to contributing money to a worthy cause.
The shift in shopping habits towards the internet has also had a massive impact. Couples are not restricted to shopping at one department store but have the choice of asking guests for any gift they want.
When creating a gift list, we recommend making it as personal as possible; family and friends will appreciate the personality of the couple coming through via their gift choices. And don’t be afraid to ask for unusual gifts – we once had a couple add a sky dive to their list!
The most popular gifts that we see added to lists are still items such as home ware, electrical appliances and bed linen, where couples can get something useful but perhaps a bit more luxurious or expensive than they might buy for themselves.
Our main advice for any couple looking to come up with their gift list is be imaginative, spend time choosing items that you would love to receive, and don’t be shy about adding gifts to the list – friends and family would rather buy you something you will love rather than something that is unlikely to leave its box.
At marriagegiftlist.com, you can compile a free list of gifts that is completely personal to you – add photographs, include details about the wedding, create your own welcome messages and use one of our free invite templates to create an invitation to send out to guests. You can add gifts from any online store, including all of the large department stores, and can also include gift vouchers, giving you the freedom to create a truly unique wedding gift list.