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Wedding Gift List
Traditionally it wasn’t considered polite to provide wedding guests with details of a gift list – instead guests would contact the mother of the bride to find out if there was anything they should buy.
If you have everything you need, you may prefer to ask for money
Unless you are following strict wedding etiquette it is now perfectly acceptable to include a wedding gift list with your wedding invitations. In fact a gift list is usually expected.
If you’re still not sure, think of the advantages of providing guests with details of your wedding gift list:
- Most guests would prefer to have some idea as to what you want or need
- Ensures you don’t get something you don’t want or already have
- Prevents the risk of getting two toasters!
- Saves time – if you don’t send a gift list you may be inundated with requests as to what you want
Choosing your wedding gift list
The traditional wedding gift list used to include a variety of household items to help couples set up their first home together. Nowadays, many couples have already set up home together and already have their homes well furnished.
The wedding gift list market is constantly evolving resulting in a range of alternatives to the traditional gift lists. For more information on the types of gift list available and helpful advice see types of wedding gift list.
If you have everything you need, you may prefer to ask for money to put towards something large such as a new kitchen or even a house deposit. A nice way to receive money is to have a wishing well or money tree at your wedding. Guests can drop a gift of money in a card in your wishing well whilst making a wish. Alternatively, you could ask everyone to create bags to hang on your money tree. If you have a wishing well or money tree make sure it is put in a safe place to prevent theft from unwelcome visitors.
Gift list tips
- Choose a mix of practical items as well as luxury or fun items
- Include a variety of gifts to cater for every budget
- Don’t put too many things on the list or you’ll risk receiving incomplete dinner sets and may find yourself paying out more to buy the missing items
- Include expensive items on the list - perfect for groups of friends clubbing together
- Include an option for guests to buy vouchers so you can buy individual pieces to complete a set or put it towards something more expensive