Let us begin by saying that this comparison (unlike most on the internet) is unbiased and weighs up the leading UK product based wedding gift lists, based on features and benefits alone. Here at Rock My Wedding, we are big fans of using a wedding gift list. 99% of guests will turn up to a wedding with a gift regardless of whether you have a list or not. So why not take that "Eugh, what do we even buy them?" debacle (we've all faced it) off their plate and be your guest's saviour by showing them exactly what you would like. Win win wins for everyone all around. But which wedding gift list to choose? That's the tricky part. Except we've made it not-so-tricky by compiling a full wedding gift list review.
Do you want to finally upgrade or replace tired homewares and start married life with thoughtful gifts from your family and friends? Do you want contributions towards a bigger gift? Do you want to ask for top-ups to your honeymoon fund? Do you want a mix of all of the above? You can have it all. And you can choose from the industry's best gift list services (that offer the full gamut of options) by having a look at the comparison table below, as well as a write up on each individual one (including a transparent display of all fees involved). So you can make an informed choice of which wedding gift list to use.
Wedding Gift List Comparison
The comparison table above allows you to measure up the key features of each brand, but we've gone one step further and written about the added benefits of each wedding gift list and what sets them apart from each other.
The Wedding Shop has been around for almost 30 years, giving couples a great gift list experience. The Wedding Shop is highly customer service focused and each couple who register (regardless of whether you sign up online or via a showroom) is assigned a specialist Gift Guru who helps you at every stage of your gift list journey.
They are also the only wedding gift list service with an app. Other touches that show they put the couple first, are goody bags when you visit a showroom (locate your nearest one here) and bonus discounts. Guests are looked after as well with a smooth ordering system and the same high standard of customer care.
In terms of products you can add to your list, there are literally thousands. With all the top brands you'd expect. So you can pretty much add anything you want. However, if you would like something that's not in their product list, you can add that too. They allow you to add up to 10 extra gifts to your list from any UK retailer.
Free of charge product service for couples including storing gifts for up to six months and two free deliveries in the UK or Ireland at a time that suits you. There's a 2% handling fee for guests pledging money to any wedding gift cash contribution or honeymoon fund.
A Prezola wedding gift list is freedom and flexibility at it’s finest. You can mix products, cash contributions, honeymoon funds, and charity donations, all on one list. In fact, Prezola encourages you to do just that. This means you don’t have to stick with solely a cash list or honeymoon fund, you can add in subscriptions, experiences, and gifts as well to give your guests choice. This also gives you both amazing experiences together and beautiful tangible reminders of your wedding day. The website is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. Group gifting means bigger ticket items are made easy. Your guests can chip in any amount they like so every budget is covered. It’s like crowdfunding, but for a sofa or coffee machine instead.
Prezola also uses eco-friendly packaging during delivery and the warehouse is set up to be highly energy efficient. Increasing sustainability is something the company is actively working towards.
Free of charge product service for couples. Weekday delivery is free but weekend delivery can be arranged. There are no costs for guests to use the service. There’s a 2% cash transfer administration fee if you choose to have a fund. This will be deducted from your total before transferring the funds to you. Eg. A £1,000 fund means a £20 transfer fee.
If you're looking for high-end brands, one-off independently sourced antiques, and the ability to add an unlimited amount of gifts to your list from any UK retailer, then The Wedding Present Company is the one. They offer a two-hour-long in-depth appointment at their London based showroom and work with some brands that you would only otherwise be able to access if you had an interior designer (ie. Kelling Designs). If you refer a friend both couples get £50 to spend with The Wedding Present Company.
Another beautiful feature The Wedding Present Company offer is that 2% of the value bought from your wedding gift list will be donated to a charity of your choice without costing you or your guests a penny. It's a lovely way to fill up your basket, knowing that you're doing some good in the process.
Free of charge product service for couples including storing gifts for up to nine months and free deliveries in the UK at a time that suits you.
An Amazon Wedding List is pretty much an Amazon Wish List under a different name. What makes this service stand out is the Amazon Universal Wish List feature, which allows you to add any product from any website to your Amazon gift list. Also, pretty much everyone has an Amazon account already, which adds to the ease of use for both guests and couples alike. However, don't expect ease of use with your Amazon app, because it seems the wedding wish list service can only be accessed on desktop.
It also seems that Amazon does not collate your gifts for you, but rather dispatch them as a normal Amazon order, intermittently, as and when items are ordered. Your order will arrive in typical Amazon packaging.
There are no cash contributions or honeymoon fund options, and guests need to buy an entire product meaning that they can't choose to contribute any amount towards a larger, more expensive item.
Free of charge product service. Free delivery for Amazon Prime members or on orders over £20.
John Lewis is such an iconic department store. So when people think of traditional wedding gift lists (in-store appointments and scanning guns), they tend to think of John Lewis gift list. As we've established above, things have moved on a bit since then with apps and a plethora of wedding gift list brands available. Unfortunately, John Lewis no longer offers a Gift List service. But they have replaced this with a Wish List service. Which operates much more like the Amazon wedding gift list detailed above. Gifts are purchased and sent by guests individually and as/when ordered.
The ordering service from John Lewis gift list operates just like normal online ordering so is subject to delivery fees, but we've found it unclear as to whether or not there are charges applied to honeymoon funds.
So there you have it. An honest comparison of all the wedding gift list services. And now you're armed with all the information you need in order to choose. But whatever you decide to go for, just remember that a gift list really is the best way to make the wedding present buying experience so much easier and more enjoyable for both yourselves and all of your guests. And lucky for you, the industry is full of incredible brands that make that process simple and fun.
Note: Rock My Wedding is part of The Cambium Group which also own The Wedding Shop, Prezola and The Wedding Present Company. However, this review is an unaffiliated, fair review of all gift list services based on features and benefits alone. All opinions are our own.