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Continental Wedding News

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I have recently received feedback from a couple who used our wedding gift list last autumn. I want to share it with you, because of the innovitive way they used the internet, email and e-weddinglist. They live in the UK, but they share a love and passion for Italy and following a holiday there a couple of years ago, it inspired them to get married there.

Continental Wedding News

Charlotte and Dave’s extended family stretched from UK and Ireland to as far reaching as Australia. They had a large wedding party share their day in Italy, so coordinating the whole affair was quite an achievement! They used e-invitations for friends and family abroad and linked to e-weddinglist.
They commented on the flexibility of the list, enabling them to list traditional gifts alongside requests for cash donations towards larger projects, but also gift wishes such as a day trip to Capri, donations towards their honeymoon – and even icecream (Unless you have tasted the icecream in Italy you really wouldnt understand – I have and know EXACTLY where they are coming from!).
Guests had the choice to buy gifts in their own country and bring them with them, or simply send a cheque. Some guests even shopped while in Italy and really enjoyed being able to buy authentic gifts. Charlotte and Dave commented that the e-weddinglist service was well received by guests on its ease of use and its flexibility.
Charlotte and Dave also wrote they loved how easy it made things – print out cards, countdown
inventory of gifts and print off list of who had bought what.
Their testimony is included below – it is so good to hear how bride and grooms have used e-weddinglist and even better when it has been a success and helped with their planning. Thanks to Charlotte and Dave for taking the time to contact us with feedback and the team at e-weddinglist and I wish them every happiness for the future.

“We loved how flexible and user-friendly e-weddinglist was. Even guests who weren’t happy actually buying items online found the process of registering and ‘promising’ to buy a gift straightforward. It also made it easy for our guests abroad to shop around for the items they’d promised to buy, rather than be tied to a specific UK store. All in all, we’d highly recommend using e-weddinglist if your’re looking for a truly flexible gift list.”

Charlotte and Dave Eglington

A nice way to ask – wedding gift list advice.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

One of the most common questions raised by soon to be married couples, is how to ask for money on their wedding gift list.

A large proportion of couples getting married already live together, so consequently have all the necessities in their home. They would be grateful for help towards a large project – a new sofa, bed or beyond that tarmac on the driveway!! Whatever it is, many couples register on forums asking how best to approach this matter.

The best ideas I have seen are cleverly penned poems telling guests why they are asking for hard cash – there are plenty of examples on the Internet for you to copy, should you not have Shakespearean blood! Alternatively, you can just do a simple forward on the welcome page of your wedding list, detailing why you have chosen to ask for money.

There will always be guests who are not comfortable to just give a cheque, perhaps they feel from their point of view, its as though they haven’t made an effort. To soften the blow, you could still add a few small gift ideas to compliment your intended purchase – plants or pots for your new driveway, cushions to go on your new sofa, or photo frames, to display your memories of your trip of a lifetime.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Your guests will be equally as concerned about wanting to give you a gift you will use, rather than it sit at the back of the cupboard, waiting for the present one to expire – a spare kettle or toaster is useful, but wouldn’t you rather…….

Most importantly, enjoy your time preparing for the most important day of your life!

Happy Listing