One of the big decisions when you get married is whether or not you should create a gift registry. Of course it’s a personal choice, but here are just a few things to consider about making a list.
1. It’s not all about you, you know! – I’m afraid the truth is that people will want to buy you presents, so even if you’d rather they didn’t, you have no choice in the matter, they will, so you may as well help them.
2. It’s ok not to be excessive if you’re a bit uncomfortable with the idea, but make sure you have enough choice on your list, people will be put off if you’ve only chosen a few lower priced gifts.
3. Your list is not for your best friends – it’s for your great Aunt who has never seen (and probably will never see) the inside of your living room. She has no idea what you would like and would rather choose something you definitely want. Your friends with good taste will still know what to do, on or off list.
4. It’s practical – how many fruit bowls and vases do you really want?
5. If you don’t want a dinner service, don’t get it! Times have changed and you do not have to stick to tradition, but don’t forget that people do prefer to buy you something they think you will have for a long time, so steer clear of electricals you’ll update in a year.
6. Do choose the kind of items you would never buy yourself, you will always find the money to buy the Tupperware you need, but you won’t treat yourself to a full set of crystal glasses. If you’re humming and hawing over a plastic mixing bowl, ask yourself ‘would I buy this for a friends wedding?’
7. Do choose a couple of more expensive items, a group of work colleagues or friends might prefer to buy one gift together, and their 20 quids quickly add up (and you’ll be surprised at peoples generosity in general).
8. Enjoy it! This is the part you’re not paying for!
Gift services have really moved on in recent years, and it’s possible to get all sorts that you never thought about, Wrapit has a huge range, including experiences and even charity donations, well worth looking into.