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Gift Lists

Arranging and planning the finer details of your wedding day can be time consuming and stressful without adding pressure via your gift list.  Nowadays it’s completely ‘normal’ and acceptable to request money as a wedding gift.  No longer do couples require gifts for their starter home because the majority of couples are living together long before they wed.

Personally I love gift lists.  I think they’re underrated and under used.  There is no feeling quite like purchasing a gift for someone knowing they’ll use or display it in their everyday lives.  Equally, receiving gifts from your gift list is so exciting.  I moved house 6 weeks before my wedding and it was the first home we owned together so we decided to have a very traditional gift list; toaster, kettle, towels – the works! 

The greatest thing to me is that every day I see the gifts people shared with us as part of our wedding day, and I’m constantly reminded of our wonderful and generous family and friends.  The one downside is these gifts are irreplaceable, so when your adorably cute 6 month old puppy chews not one, but three of your wedding gift cushions, it’s an awful feeling.

Not on the High Street are fabulous online boutiques, offering amazing products that are often ‘not on the high street’, allowing you to purchase individual and personalised gifts for all occasions.  Plus they offer a super wedding gift list service.

There are so many gorgeous items on the site.  When I was told I could pick an item of my choice to appear on the Penny’s Wedding review feature section, I did not know where to begin.  From jewels to plants and cushions to canvas prints, this shop has them all, and more! 

I decided on this stunning rustic birdcage frame, ideal for wedding decor and home furnishings.  I guess the main wedding decor idea would be to use the birdcage as an alternative table plan or to hang pictures from it.  I’m going to use it in my office as a chic memo pad. The uses of this item are endless.


Why you should choose Not on the High Street for your gift list –

1. You can request a full information pack, complete with a free wedding style book, and set up an account in minutes.

2. You can add and delete items to your gift list at any time you choose.

3. Your guests can contribute money towards your gift list, allowing you flexibility to purchase higher priced items after your wedding day.

4. You are supplied with specially designed gift list notification cards which you can include with your wedding invitations so that you can subtly let your guests know where you will be holding your list.

5. Gifts are delivered either to the guest (so they can wrap them and take them to the wedding) or straight to the couple’s address; the guest can choose.  Each individual order arrives on the doorstep directly from the small business that created, designed or selected it.

6. Once you’ve finished compiling your list, it’s simply a matter of sitting back and waiting for your goodies to be chosen by your friends and family.  Gifts can arrive before or after your wedding – or even at your wedding if they choose to bring them along themselves.

7. Finally, there is a dedicated wedding team on hand to help at all stages of your gift list. 

What are you waiting for?  Get logging on to and start choosing your goodies!

Here are my top 5 buys – 

1. Personalised ‘likes’ print by Rosie Robbins, £38.

2. Vintage Style Birdcage Patisserie Cake Stand by Beautiful Day, £17.80.

3. Heart Paperweight by red berry apple, £12.

4. Personalised thumbprint tree by Brown Betty Stationery, £25.

5. Wedding Post Box by sayitwithsam, £199.

Penelope x x