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It’s all about the dresses!


July 19th, 2011

When planning exactly what you want for your wedding, flexibility is key. You may have been dreaming about your big day since you were knee-high and have every tiny detail planned out in your head, or maybe you haven’t a clue where to begin? Choosing your own wedding dress is hard enough and getting exactly what you want can be a struggle, let alone the tricky task of your bridesmaid’s attire – and I’m betting your chosen crew are a collection of various shapes and sizes with extremely different tastes, as is nearly always the case!

Even when the difficult decision has been made, often the cost can reach astronomical proportions….so how do you find a dress that will suit and please each of your bridesmaids without breaking the bank? At e-weddinglist.co.uk we have the solution: offering you total flexibility, our online wedding list service allows you ask guests to contribute towards any wedding costs, including bridesmaids’ dresses, simply by pledging an amount, whilst still giving you the freedom to buy from any stockist or retailer – a clever way to lighten the load and have a truly bespoke wedding.

Now, with flexibility still in mind, back to the nightmare task of bridesmaids’ dresses…. U.S company, The Dessy Group has solved the problem through creating a vast range of beautifully designed and cut dress styles in sumptuous fabrics that come in nearly every colour of the rainbow! If you can’t decide on one dress, you can order a different dress style to suit each of you girls, in your one chosen colour and fabric. Genius! And the dresses are so classic and versatile that you could even pick one for your ‘after party’ outfit or as a honeymoon number.

And if you are searching in vain for the ‘right’ colour, The Dessy Group also offer a ‘Pantone Wedding’ page on their website where you can find the exact shade that you have in mind – the perfect aid to planning every aspect of your big day, from bridesmaids’ frocks to flowers and napkins – you can buy a range of wedding accessories to match you chosen colour and order a swatch that you can send on to florists, wedding planners et cetera to ensure evereything is in your particular colour way.

So why not choose a flexible e-weddinglist and ask your guests to contribute towards the bridesmaids dresses? And be flexible about what your girls willl wear – head to The Dessy Group website for UK stockists in your area that can give you an idea of options and costs, or check out American online store www.houseofbrides.com where you can get hold of Dessy dresses for a snip of the price (even when shipping is taken into account).

Smiles all round on your big day!

Best of luck

Caroline

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Brilliant sale bargains for your wedding list…


July 14th, 2011

The sales have hit early this summer with some fantastic offers on home ware, so if you are planning your wedding list and need to buy items for your new marital home, or simply update your current abode, this is a great time to research. With an e-weddinglist you can explore the web for all kinds of great wedding gift ideas and add direct links to retail websites, so you can ask your guests to ‘promise to buy’ anything, including sale items. This is not only a quick and convenient way to amass the very best quality wedding gifts for you and your spouse, but is also kind on your guests’ wallets.

Marvellous mirrors:

The perfect finish for any room, mirrors can be an expensive investment. But with the John Lewis sale underway, you can find some beautiful examples at crazily low prices – simply add a link to your e-wedding gift list. In a sophisticated pale gold finish, these oval ‘Sasha’ mirrors are a real find, on offer from just £50.

http://www.johnlewis.com/98151/Product.aspx

Top-of-the range towels:

Here at e-weddinglist.co.uk, we love The White Company’s elegant, modern home range. These Classic Deep Rib Border Towels – currently available with 30% off! – are the perfect addition to any e-wedding gift list. In the soft, muted colours of pure white, platinum or cappuccino, these superb quality towels are made from super soft, 600 gsm 100% cotton, making them both hardwearing and perfect for any decor or colour scheme. Offer prices range from £2.10 for a face cloth through to £24.50 for a super jumbo bath sheet. Real luxury at bargain prices!

http://www.thewhitecompany.com/bathroom/towels-and-bathroom-mats/classic-deep-rib-border-towels/

Sturdy cookware:

When it comes to the kitchen you want kit that will stand the test of time. This fantastic, high gloss black cast iron cookware range can be used on all heat sources, has a smooth enamel finish and retain moisture during the cooking process succulent, great tasting meals. These super smart cookware pieces are available on the House of Fraser website, knocked down to around half price.
http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/null+Cast+iron+cookware+in+black/castironbl,default,pd.html

Posh Knives:

Sabatier knives are renowned for their exceptionally high quality and are the favourite of professional chefs. Sharp and hardwearing, these stainless steel French knives will make food prep a pleasure and last forever thanks to their ‘lifetime guarantee’; currently half-price at the Heals online store they would be a useful item to add to your e-weddinglist…

http://www.heals.co.uk/preparation/stellar-sabatier-5-piece-knife-block-set

Garden delight:

With hopes for an Indian summer, a good quality garden set is crucial to lazy afternoons in the garden, so make sure you add one to your wedding gift list. This sturdy hardwood table with two directors chairs is not only stylish, but will see you through years of summer seasons; compact and perfect for two, the set is a mere £69 in their current clearance sale.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Marks-and-Spencer-Director-Chairs/dp/B004KNER5M?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_1&nodeId=54332031&sr=1-1&qid=1310637394&pf_rd_r=0E7Z8HF1CF0QEHVC55NM&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=54332031&pf_rd_p=215570647&pf_rd_s=related-items-3

So trawl the sales at quality online retailers website’s to find some great bargain items to add to your e-weddinglist!

Caroline
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Let’s get personal


June 30th, 2011

Most modern couples co-inhabit way before they decide to tie the knot; you have the toaster, bed linen and frying pan…..so what wedding presents do you ask for when you already have everything you need? Perhaps you want some romantic reminders of your wedding rather than the usual practical, domestic stuff? If you want to put more personal and memorable items on your wedding gift list then opt for a ‘personalised’ e-weddinglist, which gives you the flexibility to ask guests to ‘promise’ to buy gifts from any retailer, to suit you. Here are a few great gift ideas from online companies which allow you to mark the occasion and indulge your sentimental side….

Personalised Love Print:
This stylish print can be personalised with your names and wedding date – perfect to hang in a prominent spot at home as a reminder of your big day.
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/letterfest/product/love_art_print

Leather Personalised Photo Album:
In fine leather and embellished with your names, these luxurious albums will keep your treasured photos safe and sound.
http://www.kikijames.com/378–Books-%26-Albums/379–Leather-wedding-albums-%26-books/123–classic-wedding-albums/124–square-classic-wedding-albums/

Wine chest:
A great way of keeping your wedding memorabilia safe; this carefully crafted chest would make a special family piece in years to come.
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/undertheoaktree/product/wine_crate_chest

Bespoke Fragrance:

Perfume brings back a wealth of memories, so why not ask guests for pledges towards your own bespoke fragrance- perhaps a unisex scent that both you and your spouse can wear on your honeymoon and beyond? Each time you smell your unique, personalised scent it will bring memories of this special time flooding back.

http://www.pecksniffs.com/acatalog/Bespoke.html


Happy searching!

Caroline
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Sound sleep, whatever the weather!


June 22nd, 2011

Comfort is key when it comes to a good night’s sleep, so if you want to start married life in a blissful bed then check out the various fine linen ranges at www.linencupboard.co.uk and add some to your wedding e-wedding list – you can add direct links to great sites like this one, allowing your guests to simply click through to buy buy your requested gifts quickly and without hassle.

Image courtesy of www.linencupboard.co.uk

Image courtesy of www.linencupboard.co.uk

Specialist stockists of all sizes of bed linen, their 400 thread count Egyptian percale sheets are the ultimate in luxury and style, keeping you cool in summer and yet toasty throughout the coming winter nights – they’re the perfect wedding gift for happy newly weds.

Not only are they very reasonable priced, but of such good quality that they are machine washable, can be tumble dried and require minimal ironing – allowing you to spend more time lying in bed rather than preparing it!

Take a look and see if you can be tempted…

Caroline x



Share the love by putting some goodwill into your wedding list.


June 14th, 2011

Have you considered making charitable donations a part of your wedding list? This is a great way to spread the joy of your celebrations, especially if you feel strongly about a particular charity. Whatever your preference- a philanthropic gesture is a thoughtful way for you and your guests to contribute way beyond more traditional wedding gift items.

Cancer research: Most families have been affected by cancer at some stage; if you have lost a relative or friend then you could honour them at your wedding by including a donation as a gift. The beauty of an e-weddinglist is that it allows guests to ‘promise’ as much or as little as they can afford. www.cancerresearchuk.org

Local/Global Organisations : If you choose to celebrate your wedding locally and like the idea of supporting your community, look to add donations towards a locally run youth organisation or hospice for the elderly to your wedding list. Alternatively, extend the reach of your celebrations to the rest of the world, by listing donations to an established global organisation such as UNICEF, that strive to defend the rights and welfare of children worldwide. www.unicef.org.uk

Conservation: If you are planning a church wedding and want to ensure the building’s survival for years to come, why not ask guests to donate towards its’ conservation? Your wedding list could include gift donations to the Church Conservation Trust, a national charity that aims to conserve historic churches for future generations. www.visitchurches.org.uk

Animal charities: Whether you and your partner are crazy about dogs and cats or are more concerned about British wildlife, there are numerous charities that could benefit from inclusion on your wedding list. One of the largest in the UK is the RSPCA; they strive to care for all kinds of animals and campaign for changes in animal welfare legislation. www.rspca.org.uk

e-weddinglist.co.uk offers you the unique flexibility to opt for any collection of gifts that you want to, making it possible to request charitable donations amid your other desired wedding list items.

The choice is yours!

Caroline x