Choosing a wedding gift list

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 Choosing a wedding gift list can be a headache, which is why almost half of couples decide not to create one.  With so many couples setting up home together before getting married, the traditional wedding gift list of pots and pans can sometimes feel a bit redundant.  The one thing to understand is that even if you don’t want a wedding gift list you will need to let your guests know what you would like them to do and channel their energies into something otherwise you may end up with a pile of stuff to fill up your marital home! (did you ever the story about the couple who received 27 toasters!!)  With so many alternatives available, you are sure to find one that reflects your wishes and will allow your friends and family to give you something special to celebrate your wedding day.

 Here are 5 favourite alternatives from Receipe Gift Book:

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 recipegiftbook.comA recipe book created by all the wedding guests. Your friends and family contribute their recipes, photos and personal messages online; then following your wedding the bride and groom receive a free hardback recipe book full of all your friends and family’s treasured recipes! It’s the ultimate personalised wedding gift from all of the guests and something the bride and groom will cherish long after their wedding day.

 Buy our Honeymoon If you’ve spent all your money on the wedding but can’t afford the honeymoon you’ll like this option where your guests can buy you your dream holiday! From a week in the Bahamas to a European tour the website allows you to break your honeymoon down in to bite size chunks for the guests to buy. The flights, hotel, hire-car, drinks and tours can all be brought separately meaning your friends and family can contribute to your once in a lifetime vacation.

 Cancer Research CharityUse your big day to help a charity by suggesting guests make a charitable donation in your name. You could also make a donation on behalf of your guests for unique and meaningful wedding favours. If you have a charity that is important to you then highlight it to your guests, it’s a great way to help a good cause and raise money for a charity close to your heart.

 Patchwork Present – This website allow the couple to create and share a patchwork present which could be one big gift broken down into pieces. For example if you are saving for a dream kitchen you guests could just pay for part of the whole gift depending on what they can afford – so you may get the kitchen sink or just the tap! Either way it’s a great way for the guests to contribute to something that the couple may really need. – Celebrate your big day by asking your guests to contribute towards an original artwork to commemorate your wedding. This Glasgow based gallery provides a unique service that allows couples to choose a specific piece of art for the guests to contribute to or the couple can even commission a bespoke piece of art from the gallery’s registered artists. They also deliver worldwide.

 By Corrie Jones, founder of

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 A bit more information on is a brand new wedding gift list service launched in 2015 and plan to put the ‘wonder’ back into gift lists. Their website enables guests to give a truly meaningful gift to the bride and groom, one that they will treasure forever and can hand down to future generations.

 The bride and groom invite their friends and family to collaborate and create a personalised recipe book. The guests add recipes, photos and a personal message online and the bride and groom receive a free hardback recipe book following their wedding, full of all their friends and family’s special recipes.

 Creating a ‘recipe gift book’ is a great way to bring both families together in the run up to the wedding. It’s a unique recipe book and a great way to collect precious recipes and create something special to celebrate a marriage.

 It’s the ultimate personalised wedding gift from all of the guests and something the bride and groom will cherish long after their wedding day.

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