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Advice and ideas to help you with your wedding gift list

Combining the best of tradition and technology

E-weddinglist.co.uk team member Libby looks back at her wedding and examines how gift lists have evolved over the years. A few unwanted ‘traditional’ gifts were seen as being par for the course but, with a touch of ingenuity, Libby and her hubby-to-be avoided the pitfalls and ensured their guests were able to buy them things they really wanted…

“I’ve been married for 20-something years and things have changed dramatically since my wedding. When discussing my wedding gift list I remember my prospective mother-in-law telling me to start collecting for my bottom drawer, and that in her day everyone would have at least one candlewick bedspread as a wedding gift (what’s one of those? – ask you grandmother).

At the risk of sounding a total dinosaur, computers were in their infancy, so the only option for our wedding list was a piece of paper. We were a little more innovative and used a small receipt book, with a gift idea per page. The book was passed around and our friends and relatives could tear the page out with their gift choice. We were very lucky to end up with an empty book.

Nowadays email has surpassed letter writing and internet shopping is a popular option, so the team at e-weddinglist.co.uk wants to bring back the traditional element of present giving. Unlike many online wedding gift lists that are allied to a particular store or outlet, guests can choose where and how they buy their gift. They can either buy the wedding gift personally from a shop or elect to have the item delivered to their own address, they also get the chance to wrap it themselves and present it to the bride and groom on their wedding day.

But e-weddinglist.co.uk is more than just a wedding gift list service – it’s a real online community. We encourage couples to share their experiences and upload their own ‘do’s and don’ts’ on our blog page. We are also uniquely placed to offer advice as we have insight from two different perspectives – one wedding that took place over 20 years ago and one in summer 2008. In our view, this sums up to whole concept of e-weddinglist.co.uk – a traditional wedding list that reaps the benefits of today’s technology – and no-one has to worry about chasing the receipt book to ensure it gets passed around all the guests!.”


P.S. In case you are still interested, I didn’t ask for a candlewick bedspread, couldn’t stand them myself!

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