Bride-to-be Diary: The Gift List Dilemma

Cath, our new bride-to-be is back with another wedding planning post :) Today it’s all about the gift list! What did you choose? Cash? Traditional registry or something different..?


Hey there Cwtchettes!  So, here at wedding central our invites have finally gone out in the post, along with maps (complete with castle and dinosaurs!), RSVP cards…and gift list details.  Or two.  Not that we’re indecisive or anything!

From the traditional department store gift list, to charity donations, art collections, honeymoon funds and good old cash, the possibilities seemed endless. At least when we used to write to Father Christmas, he had an account with every shop!

As with lots of engaged couples, we’ve already well and truly set up home in our lovely (damp!) house and packed it with our own stuff.  We’ve collected every kitchen utensil and appliance we could possibly use, and a fair few we don’t.  As lovely as sparkly new stuff is, the traditional gift list isn’t really for us.

However, if there’s one thing we love, it’s a good holiday.  Perhaps that is why we had booked our honeymoon before I’d even started dress shopping.  I seriously can’t wait. We’ll be whisking ourselves off to New York for a fabulously festive five nights before stopping off in Iceland on the way home.  (Technically, it is on the way back to Blighty…)  We’ve booked onto a tour which takes in the south west coast before heading to Reykjavik for New Year’s Eve.  Think ice, fireworks and, fingers crossed (!), the northern lights.  This is one serious excuse to buy another pair of mittens and a snug new hat.  Or two.  Roll on half term and a mammoth shopping trip.  Anyway, I digress…

As you might have guessed, we were totally won over by the honeymoon gift list.  Quite a few of our friends have asked for money towards their adventures, but we loved the ideas of having something a little more concrete where friends could select the treats we experience.  So, after extensive research (or, hours spent searching the internet rather than cleaning the kitchen…) we’ve settled on the lovely folks at  Although there are free gift registries out there, we liked the fact this one doesn’t charge our friends to make a payment.  And the site looks pretty too.

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It’s been great fun putting together the list of experiences, from tickets to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall on Christmas Day, to tuxedo strawberries (just because you can!), to husky dog sledding in Iceland.  I’d probably admit I’m just as excited about the trip as I am the wedding (is that wrong?!).  Putting the webpage together over the past few weeks has also been amazing fun, especially as you while away the week uploading lots of pics to accompany each present and personalise everything to your heart’s content (and daydream about holidays a little bit more! ).  Remember writing that letter to Father Christmas?  Triple the anticipation and you’re just about there.  Except you don’t get to post it in the fire…

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However, having seen a few of our already-married friends drown in a zillion different sets of wine glasses, we know buying an experience isn’t for everyone, and that some guests will prefer to buy something physical.  Hence the second list. As lovely as wine glasses are (being the bearer of much needed wine on a Friday evening) we only have so much cupboard space.  So it’s a mini list of loveliness from John Lewis with a tiny selection of more practical (but still pretty) gifts.

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Now we’ve finally nailed down our choices , we will now be counting down the days, hours and minutes until we finally get to get hitched and fly off on our festive adventure like a child awaiting that rustling in the chimney.

Yet when we say we don’t need a gift off our friends and family, we really mean it.  Half the fun was always trawling down the aisles at Toys ‘R’ Us, adding item after item to the never-ending list of possibilities the Big Father C never had any intention of buying as they were a) too noisy b) would make too much mess or c)would require dressing at 6.30 on a Saturday morning (and yes, my dad has never forgiven Cindy or Barbie for their fashion favourite: tights).

Anyway, I digress.  Again.  So- traditional, honeymoon or cash?  What are you fellow brides and grooms-to-be planning?


Cath x

One thought on “Bride-to-be Diary: The Gift List Dilemma

  1. We did the same Cath, but we used Honeyfund. It can be free or you can get the premium option but like the one you used there is no charge for the guests. I was also the same as you in that I was at least AS excited (if not more!) about the honeymoon as for the wedding! X

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