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 RMW, 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 guests 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 off with nicer things? 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 by knowing exactly what you’re getting.
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. They all offer something a little different, so this gives you a chance to really dig into which service lights you up and gives you the overwhelming urge to start filling up that list with all the things.
The Wedding Shop has been around for almost 30 years and in that time they have perfected the art of giving couples a great gift list experience. The Wedding Shop are highly customer service focused and each couple who register (regardless of whether you sign up online or via a showroom) are assigned a specialist Gift Guru who helps you at every stage of your gift list journey, from registration through to choosing the right gifts, delivery and beyond.
They also have a dedicated wedding gift list app. They are the only gift list to do so which is a huge differentiating factor. We all love an intuitive app and one where you can literally shop for and create the wishlist of your dreams, as well as track what guests have purchased for you. They also have other touches showing they put the couple first, like amazing goody bags when you visit one of the five UK wide showrooms (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 for some reason 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. That’s right, any.
Free of charge product service for couples including storing gifts for up to six months and three 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.
Prezola is another leading wedding gift list service who offer all of the features you would expect, including products, cash contributions, honeymoon funds and charity donations. You can mix and match from all of these options. Although they don’t have an app, the website is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. The thing that sets Prezola apart from other wedding gift lists is their Social Gifting feature. This allows guests to promise to do something to commemorate your wedding day, rather than buy something. They could promise to go on an adventure with you, give a night of babysitting or give blood. Whatever is important to you and your other half.
Prezola also use eco-friendly packaging during delivery (although product packaging may vary).
Free of charge product service for couples. Weekday delivery is free, but weekend delivery can be arranged for a small fee (around £36). There’s a 2% cash transfer administration fee. This will be deducted from your total cash contribution or honeymoon fund before transferring the funds to you.
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 can only access if you have 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 gift 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. Unless your guest chooses the gift wrap option, 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 an 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. As we’ve established above, things have moved on a bit since then with apps and a plethora of wedding gift list brands available. But if all that you want can be found in John Lewis and you’re happy to either compile your list online or make a store visit, then this could be a good option.
However, John Lewis encourages you to do this no sooner than 8 weeks before your wedding because your gift list is subject to stock availability. If you add an item to your wedding gift list that goes out of stock, you will be given John Lewis gift cards for that value instead. If you change your mind on your product choices, you can return, exchange or receive a gift card. This is limited to up to 25% of your total list.
The product service from John Lewis is free, 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 wonderful 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 WLS Holdings Ltd 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.