When youre planning your perfect big day
, its easy to feel overwhelmed by the little things. You may have already chosen your dress
, selected your venue and picked your colour palette - but it can be the countless smaller tasks that seem daunting.
Your wedding gift list though? That should be one of the fun parts.
Creating the ideal wedding gift list can be the perfect moment for you and your partner to sit down and visualise the next chapter of your lives together. From the tableware youll dine on day after day to the vase youll keep your future anniversary flowers in, creating the dream wedding gift list will give you the chance to fantasise about your future.
Dont be fooled into thinking that a wedding gift list is a selfish act though. Your wedding guests will thank you for taking away the stress of choosing the right gift. Not only that, you and your guests will be glad you wont have to pass on or waste unwanted gifts.
The best part? Youre not only able to ask for things you really need, but youre also able to choose those things youve always wanted. The perfect wedding gift list will allow you to fill your home with the little things youve always wanted.
Heres our guide to creating the ultimate wedding gift list.
Get the price right
Its understandable that asking loved ones for specific gifts can seem a bit awkward especially when its not something youre used to. The best way to overcome this feeling? Make sure your wedding gift list has the right mixture of price ranges for all your guests. Guests will rather they buy something that youll enjoy so dont feel shy - just make sure you dont ask for too many pricey gifts!
Consider what needs upgrading
When we first start living with our significant others we dont just share our lives - we share our belongings too. By the time you might have chosen to tie the knot you may already have a mish-mash of crockery sets, cutlery and saucepans that you dont use. See your wedding gift list as an opportunity to upgrade your culminated belongings and get the perfect sets that suit you both as a couple.
Leave enough time
When youre bogged down with wedding stationery and dinner menus it may feel too soon to start thinking about what gifts youd like to receive. However, its important to make sure you leave plenty of time before your big day for guests to buy your gift. Dont underestimate how busy your guests will be; give them the opportunity - and time - to get shopping.
Plan for the future
A wedding gift list is the ideal chance to get those items that none of us really like spending money on but are completely useful. Think small kitchen appliances, glassware that will only make an annual appearance and those plush guest towels. These items are investments that youre likely to need but may be reluctant to spend on. The solution is easy - add them to your wedding gift list and youll take the guilt away.
Dont get too carried away
Remember that although you may be inviting 100 guests to your special day, not every one of them will buy you a gift. Couples, families and even friends may pair up to purchase your present. As a guide, you should plan for 50% fewer gifts than guests. So, if youre inviting 80 guests you should look at 40 - 50 items on your wedding gift list (adding a 10% buffer to make sure youre covering all price ranges).
The most perfect wedding gift list will be one created with joy! Dont feel that you have to pick everything youll ever need in your new life together. Youll have the rest of your lives together to build a home full of things you love. The most important part of creating the perfect wedding gift list is to enjoy it! Sit down together, discuss each others visions for the future and go from there.