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Saving on the carriage

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

This isn’t a tip on alternative transport options, its yet another money saving wedding gift list idea for you and your guests!

Hopefully your wedding gift list is a varied list of items you need for your new home together as husband and wife. The beauty of e-weddinglist.co.uk is that you are not limiting yourself to one store. Your guests have the flexibility to purchase items from anywhere (we would hope the most cost effective).

We have come across an excellent money saving tip from one of our ‘soon to be marrieds’.

They have listed a number of individual items on their wedding gift list, from a specific mail order store. The carriage costs on individual items, whilst not outrageously expensive, can amount to rather alot if each guest is to purchase the items individually. What they have suggested is that each item is promised on the wedding gift list to avoid duplication, then one large order is placed, reducing the total carriage. This particular couple have been fortunate to have an IT literate member of the family, who has volunteered to collate and administer this.

This is an excellent idea, really making use of the wedding gift list, saving wedding guests money and taking advantage of website bulk purchase offers.

If there any ideas like this that you could share with us, please let us know, we would be happy to publish them.

Hope all is going well with your wedding preparations.


Something old, something new…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Our main aim at e-weddinglist is to offer advice to ‘soon to be weds’ on useful tips and guidance when putting their wedding gift list together. There are so many different things to consider (so much more when you consider it as often as we do!!).

When putting your wedding gift list together, if you are adding large and no doubt usually expensive items of furniture, can we recommend an alternative way?…..

Something new…

  • List the item so that wedding guests could club together to purchase it.
  • Ask for vouchers for the particular store.
  • If you have linked to a department store wedding list, donations could be made by guests towards a particular item. (Don’t forget, if you choose to use e-weddinglist.co.uk, you can link to a department store wedding list also).

Something old…

Have you considered second hand items? No… please…. read on….
buying wedding presents from auction

What are you looking to add to your wedding gift list, or what do you need for your new home? Is there an item that you would like, but haven’t added to your list as you feel it too cheeky?

If you are hoping to fill your home with a particular range of furniture, a cheaper way of doing this is to look at the second hand market. A good quality dining room table will last a life time, so whats wrong with a pre-owned two year old model? We buy second hand cars…. There are some bargains to be had, some things may take a little longer to come by, but it could save you a fortune, (another reason why we recommend you start listing sooner rather than later).

The two places that spring to mind are ebay or your local auction house. Ebay has the benefit of it being national (or global if you have the facilities to collect, or the carriage still warrants the purchase).

Alternatively, pop to your local auctioneers. They are not just for dealers, general public can attend also. You would have to check with the individual auction house, but they usually hold seperate sales for general items (modern pieces) or antique sales. You would have to speak to the individual auctioneers as to how they define modern and old, when deciding which auction you need to attend. Cuttlestones are one example of a local auction house. Auction staff are able to advise you which sales you need to look out for depending on the type of furniture or items you are after. Don’t forget, that with all auctions, all items are subject to VAT and buyers premium.

An example of just how you could save is the John Lewis Maharani lamp table costs £96 (price taken 20 January 2009) , recently bought second hand for a fraction of that price!!

As always if you have any ideas that you would like to share, please post them to our blog site.


Price Comparison for Kitchen Aid Food Mixer

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Now that the festive season is over our price spotter have been out in force looking for great deals. As part of our continued commitment to demonstrate to you how much your wedding guests, friends and family could save when you use the e-weddinglist.

This time we have spotted a potential saving on the Kitchen Aid Food Mixer.

Shop Price
Debenhams £349
John Lewis £349
deliaonline.com £313.18

A potential saving of over £35!!
Price as at 12.01.09.

This is our way of helping you to help your guests get the best value for their money.

If you’ve seen this item cheaper elsewhere, please post to let us know where and how much. Likewise, if you’ve got a gift in mind but are having trouble finding it, post a description and we’ll do our best to help – and who knows, one of your fellow e-weddinglist.co.uk brides may know just where to find it.
Until the next great find!


A Wedding Gift List for your Garden!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Have you and your partner (h2b or w2b) lived together for a number of years? Have you furnished your house with lovely items that you don’t want to or need to replace? Are you getting lots of requests for gift ideas from your guests? Have a look out of the window…..


Is your garden a haven that you escape to at any given opportunity or is it a place that makes your heart sink every time you look out of the window?


I used to look out of the bedroom window at my neighbours gardens, beautifully kept, a pleasure to just sit and look at, then I would look at ours, willing the snow to come to make our garden the same as everyone else’s. It was then that we decided that a little time, effort and cash would stop me staring into other people’s property, as no matter how hard I wished, we would not get snow in July.


Why not have garden items on your wedding gift list! There are so many different ideas that guests can contribute towards or buy for you and what a wonderful way to remember your wedding day and your guests!


Firstly, it would be helpful to give your guests an idea of what you have in mind with the garden on your wedding gift list. Perhaps you want a patio area. Consider which areas of your garden are shaded and where the morning sun/afternoon sun catches. This is useful for guests when they are choosing plants and where to place them in the garden.


Landscaping – if you are not hands on or simply do not have the time, there are many garden landscaping companies around. Your garden wedding gift list could feature your plan or intention and guests could donate towards the cost. To be safe, you would probably be best asking for cash donations on your wedding gift list for you to use once you have appointed a landscaper.


Trees and plants – your wedding gift list could be a vague or defined as you wish – is there a particular plant or tree that you like, or let your guests choose. It is a lovely way to remember each guest, when each year the plant flowers again.


Garden Ornaments/furniture – once your garden is complete you will want to sit and enjoy it, guests could contribute to a patio table and chairs for al fresco dining or how about a statue or a water feature, or an outdoor heater so you can still enjoy the garden on cooler evenings.


Garden gift vouchers are an excellent flexible wedding gift list solution for couples who have already furnished their homes. Most garden centres offer national garden vouchers as well as their own, so you are not tied to a particular store. Click on the link to find out more. http://www.thevouchergarden.co.uk.


What’s more using e-wedding you can combine gardening gifts with traditional gift ideas, getting the best of both worlds.


Libby x