Why have a Gift List…?

Written by Emma Hla
I’m going back-to-basics today with the tricky conundrum of the gift list – should you…? Shouldn’t you…? Do you actually need one when you already have a kettle and a toaster…? Is it a bit rude to ask for more when attending a wedding is already spendy enough for your guests…?

Well my answer would be YES. You should probably get yourself a gift list and pronto.

It’s still a debate in my house, three years after our wedding day. Why…? Because I think we got it spectacularly wrong. My husband-to-be didn’t want one and to be fair at the time I sort of understood why, but my gut was saying hang on, you’re about to make a mistake. His argument was that we didn’t need anything, so why should we be asking for more. But in deciding against a gift list our mistake was not guiding our guests.

Guests may express a little sigh if they see “your presence is present enough” on your invitations because, although the sentiment is 100% spot on (we used this on our invites!), it sort of leaves them in a little bit of a pickle. It’s now them asking the questions; Should we buy a gift…? Shouldn’t we buy a gift…? What should we buy…? Should we just put some cash in a card…? And so on. It all gets a little bit sticky.

So my friends, seriously give the gift list some consideration – it’s not being greedy, it’s being sensible.

By curating a gift list that’s accessible, has flexible price points and is super easy for guests to navigate then they’ll thank you for making life simple. They can then focus all their energies on the bigger debate – what should they wear!

Why Prezola

So you may have noticed that our gift list provider of choice is Prezola.

Prezola is the UK’s leading independent wedding gift list service for stylish couples who want choice and flexibility. Launched in 2010, their unique multi award-winning service lets couples choose from over 30,000 gorgeous handpicked products from 300 top brands. They have all the best known brands – and many more! Prezola also offer flexible cash contributions including a commission-free honeymoon fund and charity donations on one easy-to-use list.

With free gift list cards, a free wedding website to manage guest communications and a gift-wrapping service, Prezola makes is easy for guests to view and buy gifts. Their friendly customer service team are on hand to provide a truly personal service, you can call our knowledgeable team of Personal Shoppers for gift list advice at any time and gifts are delivered by courier, free of charge after the wedding.

On top of all of this, I’ve personally worked with the Prezola team on several styled shoots and projects and I can absolutely vouch for their passion and love for all things wedding. But it’s the pulse of creativity running through this brand that always makes me come back to them. The brands they showcase are right up my street – as you’ll see –  and in short, I bloody love them (rolls eyes at husband once again!).

How it works

This online gift list service really does make everything super simple and super stylish for you and your guests! Perfect for busy couples who like to shop and do their ‘wedmin’ online, you can create your list on the move or at home on the sofa!

For couples…

  • Register – Simply register an account to start creating your gift list. You can personalise your list with your photo and a message to your guests.
    Create – There are plenty of gift list accounts to choose from, from the free to the Premier Plus accounts where you can also add cash gifts. Once you’ve selected the right account for you then you can start curating your listing from over 300 brands!
  • Share – Sharing your list could not be easier. Sit back, relax and let your guests take care of the rest.
  • Receive – When you finalise your list, your gifts are packed and delivered free of charge. Cash funds are transferred directly to your bank account.

For guests…

  • Choose a gift
  • Add a message & gift wrap
  • Checkout
  • Your gift will be delivered

New Rewards Scheme

The Prezola Rewards is a fabulous new scheme where couples earn £1 to spend on Prezola for every £10 their guests spend on gifts, or £10 for every £100 etc.

Just like Boots Advantage Card or Nectar Points, Prezola Rewards can be spent by couples on site and the more guests spend, the more couples ‘earn’.

I couldn’t think of a better way of illustrating this than with my own gift list example, anything that lets me ‘shop’ is a good idea in my books! Prezola are always adding new, exciting and fresh brands to their handpicked list. I’m particularly excited to see Graham & Green and Soho Home become part of the fam but I also covet classics from The White Company and cool accessories from brands such as Nkuku.

So back to the nitty gritty of the rewards scheme; if I were to add the following gorgeous gifts to my Prezola gift list for guests to buy, they would add up to be £1,411.95 all together. That gives me £141 extra credit to spend on Prezola for lots of extra goodies!

With the £141 earned simply by guests buying the gifts on my list, I’ll be able to add the following gifts to my overall wedding gift delivery through Prezola Rewards! The first five gifts would be absolutely free to add on, and then that gives me some money off to buy the Nkuku Suede Photo Album, making it an absolute bargain!

Prezola Rewards are great for snapping up any leftover presents – no more incomplete dinnerware sets or most wanted gifts left behind! Couples can enjoy a free newlywed shopping spree courtesy of Prezola. Pretty good right…?

Prezola Rewards will be added to gift lists registered with Prezola from now until 16th May 2017.

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