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Wedding Gift List - Which is the best one?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Weddings & Anniversaries
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Weddings & Anniversaries
I'm overwhelmed by the amount of wedding gift list services there are. Which one did you use and was it any good? My cousin who is getting married in 3 months time has used the John Lewis one but the gifts on there look very expensive. I don't want my guests to feel pressured into buying an expensive gift.

Having said that I already have a house with everything I need in it. So do I need a wedding gift list? Are there any companies which do gift lists based on holidays? i.e. do Thomas Cook do one?
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  • VickyA_2VickyA_2 Forumite
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    We had ours at John Lewis. We found them very reasonably priced and very efficient for both us and our guests. Another reason why we chose them was that for guests buying over the internet/phone, they were not charged extra for delivery but Debenhams do charge this extra. JL were courteous all the way through and we couldn't fault them. However, a friend who got married 2 weeks after we did had problems (but at a different store) with JL.

    Yes, there are websites that cater for holidays - inparticular honeymoons and guests can contribute towards that. I believe that Trailfinders do it and Thomas Cook/Thomson.
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  • Thanks, just sent for a brochure from Trailfinders.
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  • hlhassallhlhassall Forumite
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    I can also recommend John Lewis when we used them. JL has a policy that it is never knowingly undersold (I've put some more information on this below) so I don't think you should worry about your guests paying excessive prices. We were told that the price of our products may change whilst on the gift list because of this. Also as above wouldn't recommend Debenhams as they have high delivery and gift wrap charges.


    Never knowingly undersold

    We set very competitive prices for all John Lewis department stores. Our buyers set prices so that it is unlikely you will find the same product selling for less in other UK shops. We constantly check prices in local shops and if we find the same item cheaper, we lower our price to match, even during Sales.

    Each shop checks the prices of likely competitors in the local area. (Details of the area covered are available on request from Customer Services in your local shop.) If we find a competitor within this area selling the same product that is part of our own standard offer at a lower price, our shelf price will be reduced to match. As a result all our customers benefit from the lower price, not only those who spot the difference.

    The comparison must be with exactly the same item (brand, model, colour, size etc) and both we and the competitor should have the item in stock. We match the shelf-edge price the competitor displays, but not a negotiated or special price for particular individuals (e.g. their store card holders). We expect the goods to be offered on equivalent terms, and so we take into account any ‘hidden extras' charged by the competitor, such as delivery charges for items that would normally require delivery.
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    I'm not sure if the offer is still on, but when I married last year, Debenhams give you a £50 gift card for setting up your list with them.

    You go into store and the advisor takes your details. She gives you a bar code scanner and you select what you would like walking round and scanning the things you like. When you come back, the advisor downloads the data into your list, and gives you the £50 gift card.

    It takes about an hour of your time, and you don't have to actually give details of the list out, but it's worth doing for the freebie :D

    We did use the list but most people collected from store to save delivery charges, and we also had a list at Argos. We had things on to suit all budgets - from cheap mugs to more expensive kitchen gadgets.
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  • Dr.LouDr.Lou Forumite
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    Travelmood do a Honeymoon account where guets can pay in. Details here:-

    http://www.travelmood.com/honeymoon/honeymoon_step.asp
  • Beccles, i had exactly the same as you - a list a debenhams and a list at argos.

    With Debenhams you get a £50 voucher as a freebie for signing up! You can't go wrong with that.

    I found them really helpful too. They give you all the little cards to send out with the invitations. You get a scanner jobby to take round the store and your list is available online and in store. Its much cheaper than john lewis too!
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  • lotteelottee Forumite
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    Most travel agents have the facility for your guests to make contributions towards a honeymoon - & provide cards to pop in with the invitations, the same you would if your list was at a department store. I think this is a fab idea, as a lot of couples have lived together a while before getting married, so have most of the usual household items. So BS, where do you fancy jetting off too???!!!
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  • Becles wrote:
    I'm not sure if the offer is still on, but when I married last year, Debenhams give you a £50 gift card for setting up your list with them.

    You go into store and the advisor takes your details. She gives you a bar code scanner and you select what you would like walking round and scanning the things you like. When you come back, the advisor downloads the data into your list, and gives you the £50 gift card.

    It takes about an hour of your time, and you don't have to actually give details of the list out, but it's worth doing for the freebie :D

    Thanks for all the helpful ideas on here!

    I'm currently helping my cousin arrange her wedding. She wants a trailfinders wedding list, for all the reasons outlined above. I've suggested she also gets a debenhams one as some guests may not like giving money or gift vouchers - is there a minimum number of items you have put onto the list in order to qualify for the £50?
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    - is there a minimum number of items you have put onto the list in order to qualify for the £50?

    No - we just put a few random things on as it was just a small wedding, and originally we didn't tell people we had a list. Just pointed them to Debenhams and Argos if they asked.

    We also asked for DIY or garden centre vouchers, so we could do some work on our house. Hubby moved into my house, so he was keen to redecorate and put his stamp on the place so to speak!
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  • EmmsEmms Forumite
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    Weve got three wedding lists. One with Debenhams with only a few small things on it. Found their prices to be quite expensive and I personally would never buy anything from there for that reason so we found it very difficult to pick things. Only did it for the free £50. We also have one on marriagegiftlist.com. You just put links on to things that you have found in different stores. We found pots and pans on amazon and a few things from argos etc. And then we have one on tablewhere.co.uk. The tablewhere in Debenhams was far too expensive and we found some lovely much more reasonably priced stuff on this site.

    We didnt really want to have three lists. We had originally just put the tabelwhere links onto the marriagegift list but if the items are part of a gift list on their own site the whole lot gets delivered for free in one go whereas if guests just bought separatly they get charged postage. We explained the whole lot on our confetti site so hopefully the guests dont mind too much!

    Emma :)
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