If planning your wedding gift list is becoming a struggle, you need help from the experts. Cue Vicky Shelton-Smith from Prezola, the UK’s number one wedding present company. Here, she shares her top 10 tips for creating the perfect wedding gift list…
1. Don’t let guests guess: be specific in what you want
It may sound obvious, but many couples choose not to have a gift list and it can be a problem for wedding guests. Family and friends want to buy a gift to commemorate your big day, and gift lists are an established tradition. Don’t be shy, ask away!
2. Think Wants, Wishlists & Experiences
Prezola gives you the option to choose from over 300 brands and 30,000 items to add to your gift list. Couples can also add cash contributions with no ties, commission or third parties with a Premier Plus account. For a one-off fee of £59, all of the cash goes straight into the couple’s bank account, ready for a honeymoon or large purchase. We mix cash with gifts so there’s plenty of options to create the perfect wedding gift list for you.
“Don’t rush: start 3-4 months before your wedding.”
3. Allow Plenty of Time
Traditionally, wedding gift lists were included in with the invitations, and there’s a reason for this. It gives your guests plenty of time to buy gifts you really want. So plan ahead, and send your gift list to your guests at least three months before your wedding day.
4. Create your own heirlooms
After the confetti has settled and the honeymoon tan is fading, you still have your wedding gifts. So why not choose your gifts carefully so that they can stay with you for the rest of your life. Let them become heirlooms, and in 20+ years time, your children, nieces and nephews might be treasuring them just as you did!
5. Frame it
Wedding photos will always be special, be sure to add bespoke photo albums and beautiful frames to your gift list so they can be protected and displayed forever.
6. Give guests a choice
Some guests like to buy something that will remind the couple of them, others want to gift you something useful or something they know you’ll enjoy together. Try to cater to everyone by including some quirky gifts along with any big-buck wishlist items and must-have home pieces or experiences.
7. Cater for all budgets
Each guest has a different budget and it can be daunting when gifts are all upwards of £70. Try to add items for all budgets and consider adding cash contributions as a flexible option.
8. Make it personal
Your list should reflect your style and bring a smile to your guests think ‘this is perfect for them‘. Don’t feel restricted by tradition, add items that you’ll treasure forever. Add a personal message to thank guests for looking at the list and give them the option of adding a special message to your gift too.
9. Choose delivery options that work for you
While it’s traditional to have gifts on your big day, they can go missing and someone needs to make sure they get home securely. A good online gift list company like Prezola, insures your cash contributions and delivers gifts to your home on a date that is convenient for you. It’s also nice to have something to look forward to after the honeymoon (and it feels better than Christmas!).
10. Remember your thank yous
Finally, be sure to thank everyone who was kind enough to buy a gift. Sometimes this can be easier said than done unless you’re very organised; again, a good online gift list provider, like Prezola, means that you keep track of who bought what, making it far easier for you to write a personal thank you which references the right gift!