Top 10 Must-Have Items for your Wedding Gift List

24 Jun 2015

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Compiling a wedding list can be quite daunting.  Ali Beaven, co-founder of wedding gift list company Prezola, shares the 10 top must-have items that should be on every modern couple’s wedding registry.

Unless you plan to spend your married life enjoying the 5 kettles and 4 cake knives that an unregistered wedding can garner, it may be time to turn to attention to a wedding gift list service. The celebration and memories can continue throughout your married and home life with a carefully curated list for guests to consult, and Prezola - the UK’s leading independent wedding gift list service – is specially designed for modern style-savvy couples who want the widest choice possible. Managing gift lists for thousands of happy couples since its launch in 2010, if it’s diversity and ease you’re after Prezola provides the answer with over 50,000 gifts supplied by 500 top homeware brands, including favourites like Wedgwood, The White Company, KitchenAid and Le Creuset, together with specialist boutique brands such as Graham & Green and Nkuku. You can browse everything the high street has to offer; all in one place.

If it’s honeymoon funds, cash contributions, charity donations or bespoke gifts you’re after, you can mix these with your gifts for free! Sign up now and receive a free upgrade to unlock all of Prezola's features, worth £59.

The benefit of an online service being that your guests can view your list and buy gifts quickly and easily with the express one-stop checkout. They can even choose to have your items gift wrapped by Prezola, with your personal gift message enclosed. Once your list is complete, Prezola combine all of your gifts, check, pack and deliver everything to you after the wedding.

In case you’re feeling daunted by the 50,000 gifts on offer, we’ve asked Prezola’s co-founder, Ali Beaven, to give us the top 10 must-have items for the modern couple. 

Viners cutlery

1. A gorgeous set of cutlery
New on site this year, Viners is a much loved brand, steeped in British heritage. Viners combine best in class materials and cutting-edge technology to produce elegant, robust, rust-resistant cutlery. My current favourite is the Rattail, which dates all the way back to 1604! It’s understated and elegant – the embodiment of a modern classic with a subtle raised design and brilliant mirror finish. But if you’re looking for something a bit more modern, Eden is a stylish teardrop shape with slender handles.

Staub mini cocette, £62

2. Last-a-lifetime ovenware
Your wedding list is your chance to upgrade in the kitchen and dining department and asking for some lovely high-quality ovenware is a great opportunity to replace the pots and pans you’ve had since your student days!
It’s hard to beat Le Creuset, which is one of our number one sellers. It will last you a lifetime, so think carefully about your colour choice! If you want the same quality but with more style, check out up-and-coming Staub and their sleekly-designed, hard-wearing range with cool modern colours such as this bright yellow.

prezola-burleighBurleigh’s Asiatic Blue Pheasant dinnerware, from £8.50

3. A quality dinner service
Entertaining at home is a trend that just keeps growing and huge numbers of our wedding lists now include a beautiful bone china dinner service for all those dinner parties. If you want something lovely and elegant, this blue and white Asiatic Blue Pheasant from Burleigh is stunning with a pretty, vintage feel. Alternatively, for the ultimate in romantic wedding style, the Monsoon Filigree Silver 16-piece dinner set from Denby is both delicate and pretty.

Mini bespoke map heart, £45

4. Quirky personalised gifts
Do you love bespoke homewares, quirky handmade accessories and unique pieces of art? If so, one of the biggest trends we’re seeing in wedding gift market comes in the form of couples reflecting their personalities with bespoke gifts, such as personalised wall art from a boutique retailer, such as Bombus. This adorable bespoke map heart can be personalised with a location close to a couple’s heart. Bombus source a vintage map of the area and transform it into a bespoke artwork.

Champagne Taittinger, Vintage Brut 2006, £45

5. Fine wines or vintage champagne
If you know your Chablis from your Chardonnay, ask others to splash on some pricey vintages you might not buy for yourself. It will ensure that you are well stocked for anniversaries to come.

Joules Chelsea Floral double duvet cover, £65

7. Wonderful quality bedding
In times gone by, bed linen was one of the most important parts of a bridal trousseau.These days, luxurious linens are making a big return to wedding lists as brides and grooms request items that they would never normally consider treating themselves to. If you are looking for beautifully classic and simple designs, take a look at the range from The White Company. You’ll find everything from 200 thread count cotton percale to 800 thread count Egyptian cotton. If you want to bring some colour into your life, take a look at some of the trend-led collections from Bedeck. The Chelsea Floral range combines drawn floral prints with a vintage-inspired ticking stripe reverse.

prezola-tingglyTinggly vouchers are all £80

6. A once-in-a-lifetime experience
For the adventurous couple, a gift of a lifetime can be bought with a Tinggly gift box. Each gift box contains a voucher valid for any one of 350+ different experiences in 80+ countries. From a 4D experience at the London Eye to shark diving in South Africa, it is the world's most exciting gift to receive!

prezola-dualit-toasterDualit 2 slot classic toaster in copper, £149.50

8. Cool countertop trophies
Countertop trophies like coffee machines, designer kettles and the ever popular KitchenAid are always great choices for a gift list. Go for something you might not normally buy like this gorgeous en-trend copper toaster from Dualit.

Weber Smokey Joe Premium BBQ, £69.99

9. Gifts for outside
Garden furniture and BBQs are a real favourite gift purchase with guests, especially in the summer when the sun is shining. This portable Weber Smokey Joe Barbeque is perfect for smaller gardens and fits neatly in the boot of your car for a romantic day in the countryside, or at the beach – just grab and go. It is available in a range of great colours, too.

Aerobull Speaker Dock, £1,200

10. Talking-point electricals
Electrical items are no longer the functional but necessary items on a wedding gift list! Let your music take pride of place with something like a funky Aerobull speaker from Jarre Technologies. Just choose red, black or white and start playing your music direct from your smartphone. It will certainly get your guests talking!

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