Gift Registry 5 things to think about before ordering yours

Gift registry may not be popular in Nigeria, but is beginning to gain recognition and there has been testimonies.

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Setting up your gift registry online is sometimes one of the most enjoyable parts of wedding planning, with couples given free rein to add anything they want to their wish list.

Gift registry may not be popular in Nigeria, but is beginning to gain recognition and there has been testimonies.

We tend to randomly shop for essentials and then expect their wedding guests to do the rest.

Before you get carried away, ticking off every product in sight, you need to stop and think about what you really need and what the wedding list is really about.

The list is meant to set a couple up for their life together, while avoiding the multiple toaster syndrome.

A lot of couples live together before getting married, but they often have a mishmash of crockery and linens they've accumulated over the years.

Having a list means you can choose some wonderful presents together to enjoy for many years to come, said experts at Wedding Presents Direct.

Here are 5 things you need to consider before making these important choices.

1. Choose presents that stand the test of time

However tempting the latest trendy electrical gadget might be, it will soon be superseded by an updated model, whereas some gorgeous Egyptian cotton sheets or Le Creuset kitchenware will be loved and enjoyed for a lifetime.

Of course be aware of current trends and the latest technology and pop one or two on your list, but also ensure you choose gifts that will last your future life together.

2. Look at and touch the presents you choose

Visit a showroom or shop first to touch and see the presents you choose for your list.

Although much is done online these days, it's worth meeting with the experts who have done it all before and envisaging the home you are about to create as a couple.

3. Don't focus on one room in the house

Some couples tend to get stuck in the kitchen and bedroom, without thinking about the whole house and your garden too, if you have one.

A wedding list should add character to your home, as well as provide you with the essentials so don't forget about things like garden furniture, pet accessories and games to entertain those many guests who will be coming over to see their presents in pride of place.

4. Be original

A wedding list gives you the opportunity to define your style as a couple. Don't forget to add on special, personal pieces as well as the essentials.

At Wedding Presents Direct original gifts on offer include a beautiful, hand-painted dinner set where each plate had been individually designed by the bride and groom.

No list should feel pre-ordered, but be bespoke and tailored to the couple.

5. Think about the honeymoon

Some guests may want to contribute to your honeymoon instead of giving a physical present.

You can buy experiences in the form of gift vouchers. The happy couple can choose from over 300 experiences in over 80 countries worldwide, ranging from a helicopter flight over Las Vegas, a bungee jump at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to a walk with lions in South Africa.

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