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Food, glorious food!

May 16th, 2011

It has been said that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. So, if you and your beloved are genuine foodies, (or just plain greedy like me!) there are numerous amazing gourmet ideas that you can add to your online wedding list, thanks to e-weddinglist’s flexible approach!

Kitchen duty: Ditch all the rusty, dented pots that are a hangover from your student days and replace them through your wedding gift list. For those who are serious about cooking, no kitchen would be complete without the ‘Rolls Royce’ of copper pans, such as these from John Lewis…. www.johnlewis.com/120262/Range.aspx

Herb Garden: As a unique addition to your wedding list, place gift requests for rare culinary herbs and build your very own cook’s garden. Fresh herbs transform average dishes into ambrosia; a sure-fire way to keep your marriage sweet! Arne Herbs stock a variety of culinary herbs that will get your garden well underway. www.arneherbs.co.uk

Cookery Course: We all love waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread in the morning, so why not bond with your other half over a baking course? e-weddinglist.co.uk allows guests to ‘promise’ to contribute affordable gift amounts, so you could be baking your daily bread with the help of just a few friends’ pledges. This great course on Cornwall’s’ Lizard Peninsula offers the ideal excuse for a romantic break. www.breadmakingcourses.co.uk

Organic Veg Box: If you enjoy eating healthily then a weekly delivery of nutritious, organic fruit and veg could be an unusual way for guests to contribute to your first year of wedded bliss. Riverford Organic produce various, reasonably priced boxes that you could add to your wedding list; a gift to both reduce your shopping bill and improve your diet! www.riverford.co.uk

Fine Wine: In my experience, weddings are always a boozy affair, but if you are a couple for whom wine is an enduring passion, why not include a case of your favourite tipple on your wedding list – perhaps a wine that was served on the big day? Through the flexibility of e-weddinglist online wedding gift list you could add a link to your preferred wine merchants for folks to follow, or they can opt to source the plonk themselves, with guests also having the freedom to contribute as little, or as much as they can – from a single bottle to a cellar full!.

If these ideas have whetted your appetite, then check out e-weddinglist and indulge your gastronomic tendencies with your own choice of foodie wedding gifts…..Cheers!

Caroline x

Summer weddings and ideas for your wedding gift list

May 11th, 2011

If the recent sunshine is anything to go by, it’s set to be a scorching season, so anyone planning a summer wedding might want to make the most of this when compiling their wedding lists. Think of memorable ways to enjoy the great outdoors, as e-weddinglist.co.uk gives you the freedom to list interesting and unusual gifts that guests can choose how to purchase, without breaking the bank.

Hot Air Balloon: A balloon ride on a summer’s evening would be an unforgettable treat for you and your loved one. You might think that adding this to your wedding list would be unrealistic but, with an e-weddinglist, your guests can choose to donate cash toward gifts making this seemingly expensive adventure affordable. Virgin Balloon Flights have some great vouchers available, with packages including Champagne! www.virginballoonflights.co.uk

Gardeners’ Delight: If you share a passion for gardening, why not request a sapling tree or large pot plant on your wedding list? Plant it together and every summer when in full leaf or flower it will be a lovely reminder of your big day. Try Hawthorn, which is native to Britain and has been known as ‘The Marriage Tree’ since ancient times. www.tree2mydoor.com

Adrenaline Junkies: If your idea of romance is a little more white-knuckle, then your wedding list could include a more ‘extreme’ summer activity. There is a tandem bungee jump for the truly brave (gulp)! Or, if a slower pace suits, why not climb Ben Nevis together. As e-weddinglist.co.uk gives guests the option to ‘promise’ to donate an amount toward a gift that they can afford, helping you to fulfil your whacky ambitions, regardless of a tight budget. www.exelement.co.uk/for-special-occasions/wedding-gifts

Festival Fun: If ‘music be the food of love’, then check out the line-up at this summer’s festivals. Whatever genre floats your boat there are the V festivals, legendary Glastonbury and eccentric Shambala, amongst many others. Add 2 tickets to your wedding list for the ultimate way to let your hair down after the big day. www.efestivals.co.uk

So, make the most of the summer and cram your wedding list with exciting outdoor treats to remember!


Make yours a right royal Wedding List, whatever your budget…!

May 5th, 2011

The marriage of Will and Kate had the nation glued to their TV sets last week, with most of us marvelling at how much the whole do must have cost and wondering what extravagant gifts might have appeared on their wedding list…? Yikes! But, as I am sure the happy Royals would agree, money can’t buy you romance! A wedding list that is tailored to the needs of you and your betrothed, as well the varying budgets of your guests is essential – especially in these tough financial times.
e-weddinglist.co.uk offers the ideal solution; allowing guests to pick gifts from the wedding list which suit their pockets and will kit you out for married life.

Domestic bliss: Whether you want Egyptian cotton sheets from Liberty or that essential kettle from Argos , guests can take their pick, either buying direct or reserving that wedding gift to purchase at a later date.
Meaningful moments: Think back to your first date – it might have been a slap-up lunch at The Ivy or fish and chips on the pier! Why not add vouchers for a dining experience or some spending money for a sentimental day-out.
The big day: Every bride wants to look like a princess, but we can’t all choose Alexander McQueen. Ease the cost by dotting your wedding list with affordable contributions to the flowers, your wedding make-up or that even that beautiful veil.
Thinking ahead: If only it was a simple choice between the Seychelles or St.Barts for your honeymoon… Maybe a modest mini-break is more feasible? Let your guests contribute to your trip by buying that all-important bottle of bubbly for when you reach your destination, be it a country cottage in Wales or that 5 star in the sun.
In fact, your guests can opt to pay as little – or as much – as they choose through our easy, affordable and creative wedding lists. Because, let’s face it, in the current financial climate even those with lofty connections need to watch the purse strings – so don’t delay and get listing!

Romantics breaks – even for married couples

August 16th, 2010

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days in your life, so with careful planning you make sure that it is. The honeymoon, for those lucky enough to afford it after the dream wedding, is somewhere that you have never been able to afford to visit, or somewhere special to you both.

The fact is, once all the fairy tale few weeks are over, why not factor them back in within 12 months of the happiest day of your life?

A romantic break - by using an online wedding gift list, you can list anything for your wedding wish list. Furnishing your new home is a sensible idea, but why not have a cheeky section to your wedding list and factor in a romantic break for you to take in 12 months time? A perfect first anniversary gift from your friends and family.

Try something new – speaking with a colleague today (post holiday), they were reminiscing about a holiday they had taken where they tried out so many different and diverse sports – microlight, gliding, purely because they were within their budget in the resort where they were staying. In their words, it was something they would normally never have the chance to try because its too expensive. This is an opportunity for you to surprise your soon to be husband or wife by asking for donations towards a trip from your guests.

Learn a skill – a cookery weekend perhaps – what better way to learn how to cook your favourite food, by visiting the country of origin?

Take up a new hobby or sport – or improve on the skills you already have – its good for couples to share an interest, so why not ask for lessons for a new hobby?

Do something you always wanted to do – how about a weekend away to see you favourite band play? Music always sounds better live – perhaps an open air concert somewhere warm?

With e-wedding being a flexible wedding gift list, you can tailor it to suit your needs. You have the flexibility to explain why you would like donations towards a particular trip – your guests are far more likely to want to fund such a gift if they understand why it is important to you. You can then list the gift ‘promise to buys’ in denominations of your choice £10, £20, £50…. If you are likely to book through an agent, you can list (and create a link) to the agents website, so your guests can navigate straight through from your wedding gift list… Ensure that you use a travel company registered by ABTA or ATOL for your own protection in these uncertain times.

Happy Listing

A learning theme for newly weds

April 1st, 2010

E-wedding like to offer advice and ideas to all the nearly weds out there. Our wedding gift list service it flexible to adapt to meet your needs, whether you simple use it to list your wish list items for your wedding gift list, or use it as a blog/information site, leading up to your wedding. We also like to offer advice and ideas on what to include on your list, whether good deals on popular wedding gift items or alternative gift ideas. E-wedding is also an information site for wedding guests – should the happy couple you are buying for simply not produced a gift list, we rather hope that our blogs may give you some inspiration what to get them.

For the couple who have everything, whether because they have been living together for years, or combining two homes into one, or simply just want some different ideas for their wedding list, we have some gift ideas that may inspire them to learn a new hobby.

After the whirlwind of the wedding preparations, the big day , the honeymoon, getting back to work and everyday life, albeit as a married couple, can be a sobering bump down to earth. (Sorry, didnt mean to make that sound quite so depressing, but its like the first day back at work after a summer holiday, you start planning where to go next) – perhaps its just me?? One thing to remember is that you are getting married because you love each other and want to spend the rest of your lives together. So why not ask for vouchers or donations towards days out, memberships or night school courses that you can do together? Something that you never quite have the disposable income to fund it, if one of your guests has bought you the voucher, you only have to find the time to do it – and we can all do that!

Cookery school – perhaps you have spent an idylic fortnight in Italy, eating yourself into oblivion and want to learn just how to make your bolognese perfecto.

Membership – if you simply enjoy travelling and visiting places, how about an annual membership to National Trust or English Heritage? These can be purchased in many high street stores or online. Both offer some excellent incentives at the moment too.

Sporty gifts – whether its tickets to watch your favourite sport, a season ticket for your favourite football or rugby team or tickets to a major sporting event.

Sporting gifts – or a membership at your local gym for you to keep fit yourselves. His and hers raquets to go with the years membership to the local tennis club.

Learn a new hobby – horse riding lessons, stables always have loan hats that you can borrow, incase you are unsure if it will be a long term hobby. Golf lessons – you could be the new Douglas/Zeta Jones. Is there something you have always fancied learning? Consider a night school course – perhaps a plastering course, to help keep costs down, when you do your house extension!

Just think, when you husband carries you over the threshold of your marital home, you wont be looking at the credit card bill, depressed on a Sunday night, you will be in the local supermarket buying the ingredients for the next dish you are going to make in night school!

Libby x