Is an online gift list provider for you?

09 Mar 2016

Newly-weds, Alcina West and Andrew Ward, opted to use gift list provider, Prezola, ahead of their nuptials. Could it be the best option for you? Here, the happily married couple share their experience.

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Alcina West and Andrew Ward, who married on 12th December 2015 at Layer Marney Tower in Essex, chose an online gift list provider to welcome presents from their wedding guests.

Here they offer their take on why a gift list worked for them and why it could work for you too, while showing off a selection of their gift list items.

From the comfort of home

Online gift lists take the hassle out of shopping around. Gone are the days, when a gift list meant scouring the shops for the perfect present, now you can find all you’ve ever wanted from the comfort of your sofa.

Alcina said, “I discovered our gift list provider, Prezola, just by searching on the internet and it was such a breath of fresh air compared to the department store options I looked at, which I knew would bore me to tears.”

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Oka Frame, £32

As easy as 1, 2, 3

In the run up to a wedding, there are so many things to think about that simplicity is essential in keeping stress-levels at a low. Deciding on and compiling hard-copy gift lists can be a real headache, so sometimes a one-stop solution is the answer to all your prayers.

“The online gift list process was so straightforward,” says Alcina. “We found lots of things we liked, and when we wanted to add items from elsewhere that we’d found, that was easy to do too.”

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Habitat Acacia Wooden Salt or Pepper Mill, £18

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Cox & Cox Pitcher, £24

Plenty of choice

The internet delivers so many products that you might never have stumbled upon in person and gift list providers, such as Prezola, offer various categories to satisfy all styles and tastes.

Gift lists can also prove a timely opportunity for newly married couples, as Alcina says, “Andrew and I moved from London to West Yorkshire just before the wedding and choosing items for our new home to put on the registry was wonderful. I love interior design and Prezola has really good brands and some great ones I’d never heard of too."

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Crane Cookware Griddle Pan, £58

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Cream Cornwall Cushion, £60

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Opinel Bread Knife, £29.95

Ultra organised

Get ahead of the game with the gift tracker – a function hosted by Prezola, which allows couples to see exactly what has been purchased prior to their wedding day. Not only does it allow you to see your gift list filling up, but also provides an opportunity for efficiency and organisation – as Acina explains….

“I loved that I could see what friends and family had bought as the wedding approached and it meant I could start writing my thank you cards early, which was such a big help.”

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Dartington Vase, £26

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Linen Works Napkins, £59

Every little helps

Many gift list providers also offer a convenient delivery service to suit the customer, making sure that goods arrive safely, securely and at a suitable time.

“We really appreciated being able to book a convenient time for the delivery of our gifts afterwards too, having just moved,” said Acina and Andrew.

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Notre Monde Tray, £125

A personal touch

Not only do gift lists offer a reflection of the couples’ character, but they also provide sentimental value in the gifters that choose to give each gift.

“Looking around at my home now, it’s lovely to see so many of the gifts we wanted, that our friends and family liked too, and were kind enough to give us,” says Alcina. “The style of our wedding was reflected in our gift list choices so we’ve got lots of stylish, cosy things, gold finishes, lovely lamps, baskets and rustic designs. Lots of people commented that the choice of gifts was very ‘me’.”

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 www.prezola.com

Wedding images: Pengelly Photography

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