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How wonderful! He’s popped the question and you’re engaged to be married!

Congratulations as you take your first steps into your happy future together.

You’re going to be busy over the next few months but don’t panic. There are masses of wedding planning tools out there to help you through every step of the way. If you decide to use a professional wedding planner that’s fine but if you’ve got some time, then plan your wedding yourself and make it a day that’s very personal to you.

The most important thing to do before you start is to set a realistic budget. Work out with your fiancé exactly what you can afford, find out if your parents are happy to contribute and go from there. You really don’t want to start off on married life together with credit card debts and a huge loan to pay for your wedding – family and friends come to your wedding because they love you and want to share your special day with you, not because they want to be impressed.

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We are delighted you have found Wedbits, a wedding blog that helps you plan your wedding the way you want to, with bridal inspiration, hints and tips for your big day, ideas for DIY weddings, wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, venues, bouquets ….

You’ll find great photographs of wedding cakes, real weddings, gossip and ideas galore.

We’d love you to send in photographs of your own wedding so that we can maybe feature it in our real weddings section. Or if you’ve a DIY wedding tip you’d like to share with brides please let us know about it.

We’re constantly adding to Wedbits – it’s a bit like an online bridal magazine that you can dip into whenever you need. You should also check out the Dessy Facebook page for more photographs, inspiration and to join the conversation.

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March 14, 2011

What Every Bride Should Know About Planning A Wedding Gift List

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Wedding Ideas

couple browsing internetWith more and more couples setting up home together before marrying, wedding gift lists nowadays fulfill a rather different function than in the past.  Whilst your grandmother would have welcomed a set of towels or bedlinen as presents, you might find a contribution towards your honeymoon welcome.  In addition, you have all the convenience of using an online bridal registry, where you can pick out ideas and suggestions for guest gifts.

We contacted House of Fraser who run a very popular wedding gift list service and Jillian Aslet, the Wedding List manager, gave us the following ideas and etiquette for brides.  Use it as a useful checklist in your planning.

  • It’s never too early to make an appointment to see a wedding concierge. Evening and weekend appointments tend to get booked up quickly so once this date is made it’s something you can cross off your ever-expanding to-do list.
  • It’s important to have a discussion with your bridegroom about the type of wedding presents you want to receive before you go into the store; you may have very different ideas about what you want.  (Men are quite keen on enormous widescreen televisions.)  Make sure you have thought about this as a couple and can agree on at least some of the things you want!
  • Make sure you tell people about your gift list and present ideas! Many companies will provide you with notification cards to include with your invitations – very useful as guests tend to file all the info away and bring it out when they need it – if you send details separately they may be too late or get lost.
  • Personalise your wedding list.  Some guests believe that retailers create them to make more sales,  so the more personal you can make your choices by including photos and messages on the website the happier the guest will be to buy for you.
  • Think outside the box and go for unusual offerings from your invitees– it doesn’t have to be all pots and pans. It’s nice to have some treats in place for after the wedding – experiences, hotel breaks etc.
  • Get your partner excited about the list with the addition of some home technology items! He’s bound to lose interest if it’s all bedlinen and kitchenware so think about including the latest TV and audio equipment to ensure he’s as excited as you are!
  • Don’t restrict the number of desired contributions you add as people may not be able to find anything to buy! Couples often make the mistake of putting too little on their list as they don’t want to appear greedy but you need to keep something there for the last minute wedding guests – we have had people call up to make a purchase on the way to the church!
  • Have a good range of prices and types of gifts to suit all pockets, both inexpensive and generous.  A gift card is always a good idea -if there is nothing guests want to buy they can give you a contribution to something larger.
  •  Think of the future – this is a great chance to receive things for your stylish marital home together – you may only ever have four people round for dinner now but think of the first time you host a family Christmas – eight of everything may be a good idea and also allows for breakages!
  •  Also, think about requesting items that will last you a lifetime. Parents often have the same cutlery or dinnerware that they were given as a wedding present so choose some quality goods like this that will last years and look as good in 30 years as they do now.
  •  Don’t put pressure on yourself to finish your form in one session – you can always add items online on the bridal registry website or go back in store at a later date.  You can also take stuff off if you change your mind.
  •  Remember that most of your invited wedding guests will buy their gifts online so there’s no need to worry about the location of stores.

Thanks to House of Fraser for this useful checklist and for supplying the photographs.  Discover the top requested bridal registry items in 2010.

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