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shop like a celeb: wedding gift list tips & inspiration

June 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We all love presents, right?! But we also understand that planning a wedding gift list can get a little overwhelming with so many options to choose from. Should you request luxurious homeware items, modern appliances, unforgettable experiences – or a combination of all three?

To help you narrow down the choices, our wonderful Sponsor, The Wedding Shop, is taking over the blog this afternoon. As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, these guys are experts when it comes to helping brides and grooms select their precious presents.

Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their recently launched Edinburgh store, as well as stores in London and Dublin.

To help get the present planning underway the team are sharing their gift list dos and don’ts followed by a speculative edit of what could be found on the hottest celebrity couples’ wedding wish lists this year to inspire your choices…

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do

Plan ahead and notify guests:

  • Guests will want to buy you something to mark your special day, so a gift list helps guide them in the right direction and takes the stress and worry out of buying that ‘perfect gift.’
  • We recommend setting up your list before your wedding invitations go out so that you can include list notification cards with your invite
  • Some guests will be very quick off the mark to look for your list once they receive their invitations so it’s best to have it all completed

Give guests plenty of choice:

  • Create a list that is slightly bigger than you would expect to receive. Guests like to be inspired and have a large choice of gifts to choose from.
  • Vary the price points; it’s important to include a good range of price points to allow for every guest’s budget.
  • If there is a really special item that’s a little bit more expensive, why not ask your guests to contribute to it?
  • Don’t forget some guests will be more traditional in what they want to buy you make sure you have options for all types of guests.

Get the groom involved:

  • The groom should also be just as involved in creating a gift list
  • We are seeing that men are starting to taking a much more active interest in ensuring the list reflects their personal preferences as much as the bride’s!
  • Especially with gadgets and technology products that are generally more interesting to guys

Enjoy the experience

Most importantly have fun! These are gifts that you will enjoy and treasure during your married life together, so it should be a fun and exciting process that you should enjoy doing together.

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Forget to think to the future:

  • Take time before compiling your list to decide exactly what you need, what you would really love, and what would be useful to have in the future
  • Always be mindful that your needs will most likely grow throughout your married life (e.g. A dinner service for four people may be sufficient at the moment but may not in years to come when entertaining extended family and friends)

Forget to make it personal:

  • A gift list is a really good opportunity to choose items that will enhance and suit your lifestyle
  • If you have certain hobbies that you both love, make sure you add items that will help you continue to enjoy your hobbies
  • Guests will enjoy buying you gifts that they know are more fun and personal to you

Worry about asking for monetary contributions:

  • If you already think you have all the ‘stuff’ you could possibly fit into your house, then don’t be afraid to ask for cash contributions – it is now become more popular and you shouldn’t be worried to offend guests
  • This could be for home improvements, honeymoon contributions, or landscaping the garden
  • Don’t just have cash only on your list – remember to give guests plenty of choice!

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celebrity gift lists

From Hollywood starlets and pop princesses, to the cream of British society, The Wedding Shop predicts what would be on some top celebrity couples’ gift lists, to inspire you to shop A-List style…

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The Hollywood couple: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Jason Statham

Believed to be planning to marry this summer, the LA-based British model and her action-hero fiancé are reported to enjoy fast cars, long walks with their beloved Daschunds and cocktails by the pool:

  • Vogue The Covers by Hamish Bowles, £35 – After gracing her first Vogue cover aged 21, Rosie may enjoy looking back at her shared history alongside fellow modelling greats.
  • Jonathan Adler Bar Cart, £1,450 – A sleek and glamorous drinks trolley, ideal for wheeling out the Martinis pool-side.
  • Samsonite Liote-Cube DLX Aluminum Suitcase, £429 – Sturdy with stylish metallic and leather finishes, this lightweight deluxe suitcase should serve the globe-trotting couple well.
  • Erik Magnussen Metallic Vacuum Jug, £129 – Perfect for keeping cocktails cool in LA or preserving Hot Toddies at Rosie’s Devonshire home.
  • Drive Italy’s Amalfi Coast for two by Maserati Granturismo by Truly Experiences, £3,375 – With a penchant for gleaming supercars the couple might enjoy navigating one of Europe’s most fashionable coastlines.
  • Dachshund Dog Ornament by The House, £43 – A fitting tribute to Rosie’s pet pooches, Peggy and Dolly.

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get gifting: top present picks from the wedding shop

March 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we’re focusing on one of our very favourite things – presents!! – as we catch up with our fabulous Sponsor, The Wedding Shop.

As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, The Wedding Shop, provides unrivalled choice when it comes to creating a personalised wedding gift list, with the option to combine products with honeymoon and cash contributions, and even set up a charity fund.

Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their newly launched Edinburgh store. Located on the Scottish capital’s prestigious shopping thoroughfare; Dundas Street, the launch follows The Wedding Shop’s luxurious revamp of their Selfridges London showroom last September, and expands their portfolio to four locations, including stores in Chelsea and Dublin.

The beautiful new showroom provides the perfect relaxing and inspirational environment for couples to meet with their own personal advisor and compile their dream list – over a glass of champagne, of course!

To celebrate the launch of the Scottish showroom, The Wedding Shop team has complied its top gift list must-haves for 2017, seeking inspiration from top product designers and looking across its range of unique real-life experiences.

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Commenting on current gift list trends, we speak to Edinburgh showroom manager Nicola Gemmell.

nicola says: Feedback from our clients indicates that ‘experience’ is the new luxury in gift lists, as couples wish to create life-long memories not just increase their collection of personal belongings.

For those that are looking to enhance their interiors through their gift choices, 2017 is all about bringing the outdoors indoors; from botanical-inspired and organic patterned homewares to the use of earthy tones and raw materials. That said, your home is a very personal space and should reflect your own tastes and experiences, not simply the trends. With thousands of products from over 350 brands to choose from at The Wedding Shop, you have the option to be able to select pieces which will ensure your home is fresh, fashionable and functional, but more importantly, you.

I look forward to welcoming couples to our inspiring space and helping them to choose from our portfolio of products as well as being able to add honeymoon vouchers, cash contributions, experiences, and anything else they desire.

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50 shades of green

Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, is a refreshing and revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings. Therefore, what better way to mark the commencement of married life than giving the gift of green? The Wedding Shop has a multitude of gorgeous green products, from Aquanova towels and LSA glassware to Pooky lampshades, Addison Ross picture frames and even vibrant kitchen appliances.

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your wedding gift list all wrapped up: introducing the wedding shop

July 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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There’s no doubt that planning a wedding is stressful, but there are enjoyable elements along the way too. One of these has to be drawing up the wedding gift list, because who doesn’t love presents?!

To help you explore options for items to go on that special gift list, and to offer advice on how to compile a list that’s easily accessible to all your guests, we’re introducing you to our new fabulous Sponsor The Wedding Shop.

Doing just as its name suggests, The Wedding Shop is an easy to use gift list service that offers an unbelievable amount of choice, expert advice and a personal service.

Whether couples set up their list online, or at one of the company’s showrooms, they can choose from an amazing array of traditional gifts, such as homeware and electric goods, or select a range of funds for anything from honeymoons and home renovations to cookery courses. Excited? Us too!

We’ll hand you over to the experts themselves now to inspire you further…

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When was The Wedding Shop set up and what does it bring to the wedding industry?

the wedding shop says: The Wedding Shop is the UK and Ireland’s leading and longest established independent wedding list company. We were founded in 1990 with the goal of providing the best and most adaptable wedding list offering delivered with outstanding customer service. We now have showrooms in Chelsea, Selfridges and Dublin and a head office in Barnes, South West London. In the past 26 years we have advised and managed the lists of tens of thousands of couples. The company remains family owned.

Why would you encourage brides and grooms to set up an online wedding gift list?

Research tells us that wedding guests prefer to be given guidance on what to buy as a wedding gift. Not only does it make the process easier for guests, it ensures that they are spending their money on something that is genuinely useful and desirable to the couple.

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What sets The Wedding Shop apart from other wedding gift list websites?

In 2015 we launched the first truly unlimited wedding lift service available, meaning our couples can choose a gift from literally anywhere and we will include that within their list, with no fees. This gives them complete freedom from the restrictions traditionally placed upon them by wedding list services.

Something we are very proud to have innovated is the establishment of a separate Trust Account to hold the pledged monies required to complete lists for couples. This ensures that no matter what happens to The Wedding Shop, each and every list will be honoured in full. We believe this is remains unique to The Wedding Shop.

Is it simple to set up a gift list with The Wedding Shop? What is the process?

Very! Simply visit www.weddingshop.com to complete a simple form. This stores your details, your partner’s details and allows you to go on and personalise your very own wedding list page or start adding items right away. Alternatively, you can visit one of our showrooms.

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What are the different gift list options available through The Wedding Shop?

We categorise our products either by room (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen), by product category (kitchenware, home & décor, travel & luggage) or by brand. We also have ready-made ‘Starter Collections’ that include list suggestions for ‘Setting Up Home’, ‘City Living’ and ‘Country Escape’ to make things even easier for couples. Aside from traditional gifts we offer a wide range of funds for anything from honeymoons to home renovations, cookery courses and driving lessons!

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get it on the gift list. blissful bathrooms

February 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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A little ‘me time’ becomes all the more essential when co-habiting and continues throughout marriage. For us ladies our bathrooms are the perfect place to escape to for some low-key pampering when the Sky Sports becomes just a little too much.

Whether it’s to slap on a little fake tan, apply a face mask or totally indulge in a tub full of bubbles with a glass of wine to hand, bathrooms are the haven of the home. For me that makes anything that will make your bathroom all the more blissful an ideal item for the wedding gift list.

From luxurious Egyptian cotton towels and top-notch toiletries to opulent accessories, there are plenty of options to choose from.

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When setting up home together it could be that you made do with the odd towels you and your partner had between you, so a stylish bundle of fluffy bath sheets and hand towels is a perfect pressie – along with a matching bath mat.

Scented candles can be decorative as well as sensual for when you choose to invite your hubby to share a romantic bubble bath with you. Oh and of course you’ll need some posh hotel-style his and hers robes for when you emerge.

Though not quite as exciting attractive storage boxes and wicker clothes baskets are great for keeping the bathroom neat and tidy, so you can unwind without explosions of toiletries or dirty clothes playing on your mind.

Decorative items such as mirrors, vases, art work and soap dispensers can also help set the scene and can add the perfect finishing touches to an area of the home that you’ve been longing to complete to a Vogue Living standard.

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Marks & Spencer

For feminine style bathrooms I particularly like Next’s lilac and green floral designs in towels, bathmats and shower curtains (see gallery), as well as Debenham’s Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson range, which includes cerise pink towels and jewel-tone glass vases.

Meanwhile for something more unisex friendly there are plenty of crisp blue and white offerings, perfect for those who like to bring a by-the-beach feel to their bathroom, plus grey and white designs for those in search of clean elegance.

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