Date confirmed, venue booked and dress shopping has started – the wedding plans are going smoothly but have you thought of your gifts registry yet? Gift giving is a way for guests to celebrate your wedding and to help you stock your new home. Friends and relatives will be looking to buy wedding gifts as soon as he pops the question and sometimes this can be tricky not just for them but for you. After all no bride wants a cake tin if you never bake, but you don’t want to have to tell your friend that either after receiving one.
Take the guesswork out of gift buying by making sure they know what you want with a gifts registry. A gifts registry allows you and your husband-to-be to choose wedding gifts you would like to receive. Typically provided by stores free-of-charge, the couple chooses the wedding gifts they want and then their friends and family can access their wish list either in-store or online. The wedding registry gift list is updated whenever an item from the list is purchased, showing what is still available for guests to choose from. Sounds fabulous right….but where do we find a Gifts Registry?!
Here is where we step in for a little Bridespiration and give you a peak into our little black book of preferred suppliers. Blue Ribbon is a premier wedding gift list service for modern couples choosing beautiful gifts for their home and a Corinthia London favorite when it comes to choosing a gifts registry. The online company offers its customers a beautifully edited selection of timeless classics and unique, hard-to-find gifts from 60 contemporary designers and legendary brands.
Here, Co-founder of Blue Ribbon, Zsofia Jamieson, shares with us her top tips for choosing your registry items:
What makes Blue Ribbon unique?
Our main goal is to make our customers feel very special. We understand how important and exciting their wedding day is in their lives, and we strive to make the gifting experience as special and beautiful as the wedding day itself. We understand the lives of modern brides and grooms and we cater to their tastes, to their lifestyles, to how they lead their lives. We make registering for and receiving gifts effortless and offer a lot of unique complimentary services, such as shipping to multiple locations, storing their gifts until they are ready to receive them and free consultations with our stylists. We also offer free shipping in the UK, and free monogramming and engraving come as standard.
What are the top registry items?
The favorites among our couples are porcelain, silverware and crystal glassware. When selecting tableware, it is best to choose designs that can be easily dressed up or down and can be used for various occasions. Do treat yourselves to a beautiful set of crystal glasses – the lovely weight and texture of cut-crystal in your hand is a special feeling, and it will remind you of the person who presented you with the gift every time you pick up your glass.
What does your ultimate gift list look like, if you were to get married today?
When I was getting married, I was overly conscious of imposing, as my guests were travelling a very long distance to attend my wedding. I then realised that people really want to share this experience with you, and your friends and family are a lot more generous that you ever expected, so I would now select more items to allow my guests more choice. I am an advocate of quality over quantity and would probably have chosen more special pieces that would last longer, and not having to upgrade 10 years on. I would get the foundations for my kitchen, which would be the sturdiest cookware, an amazing and high-performing set of knives, and I would get two sets of china: one to be used everyday, even with kids running around one day, and another one for special occasions to wow my guests when I have them over for dinner parties.
What are your most amazing finds?
We personally visited all the factories in Murano, the famous glass-making island off the coast of Venice, and chose the houses we wanted to work with, such as Nason Moretti and Venini. We hand-picked all the styles that we thought our customer would want to have. We fell in love with museum-worthy quality of Nymphenburg porcelain. It amazing to find a manufacturer who does not use any kind of automation. Its porcelain painters work without templates so each piece is truly unique. We built a strong suite of heritage brands for the launch of our website and in 2016 we are seeking out the brands that share the same philosophy of amazing craftsmanship, superior quality and passion for their work.
What are your top 2016 trend predictions?
Fashion trends are always a great indicator for what is going to happen in homeware, and we will continue to see runway ideas re-interpreted for decor. We will see romantic bedroom pieces with touches of lace and toned-down colors. We will see lots of shine and sparkle, and crystal will be key centrepiece on our dining tables. Blue is a strong colour, and we will see different hues dominating home offerings, across porcelain and textile pieces. This trend will be an easy way to bring a quick update to your home. Lastly, after a few understated seasons we expect pops of color to come back.
Personalisation is a huge trend for our customers. What are you key tips for personalising gifts?
If a bride decides to change her name, there is something so special about receiving gifts with your new name, even before you get your new passport! It is thrilling – and personalised linen makes for a wonderful gift. And should you decide to keep your name, there is always the “his and hers” option, or a reminder of your wedding date, which also work so well. Because we are talking about things that will last you a long time, it is nice to keep it understated, almost like a secret that only you two know about – there is something very elegant about that.
Any final tips for brides and grooms?
Don’t overthink the process! With a helping hand, this is a really fun experience to put your gift list together and our amazing stylists can help identify personal style and find gifts that are ideal for you and your home. We can then curate a gift list that is totally bespoke and suited to you. These will be the items that you will be delighted to receive and that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Engaged and have no idea where to start with your gifts registry? Visit Blue Ribbon for tips, inspiration and much more…Happy Shopping!
With love from Corinthia London,