Gift lists make everyone’s lives easier. It is accepted that when you are invited to a wedding, the invitation is not given in exchange for a gift, but many guests will look to your wedding gift list to see what they can get for you to show you they appreciate being included in your day.
Being invited to a wedding is such an honour, however, that most, if not all, guests want to show their appreciation and celebration in the form of a wedding gift. And now that most couples live together before they marry, a toaster and a carriage clock is no longer needed. What better to give the happy couple than an item they have actually asked for! Gift lists in the past were enquired about by the guests to the couple’s parents who would then pass on details of what would be appropriate. It was all done by word of mouth and very different to the organised gift lists of today where a couple will register, either online or with a department store and then select one hundred items they would like to receive, or ask for money, vouchers or even a honeymoon. These are all absolutely accepted by guests - whether it's a gift list for actual presents, cash or honeymoon contributions.
The tiny card slipped into wedding invitations, with gift list details is as much a part of the invitation as the RSVP cards. For couples with cash gift lists a dedicated post box or wedding wishing well is often used to collect guests' cards to keep them safe and all together at the wedding reception.
Some gift lists provide couples with the option of combining several different types of gifts, including vouchers for different shops and travel companies so they can have array of tangible gifts and contributions towards their honeymoon on their gift list.