We've found some fabulous alternatives for modern couples who have moved beyond toasters and kettles
Lisa and Richard Selway (above) signed up for The Mint List, where the handpicked range of wares are more akin to those from vintage shops, flea markets and independent artists.
We knew we had everything we needed for our home so the traditional list didn’t really suit us. Plus, we wanted to invest in a piece of art which would remind us of our day.
We heard about The Mint List through a friend and immediately loved the style of the artists and designers they work with.
First we created a wedding list blog on the site which we personalised with artwork from our wedding stationery. This meant our guests could see what we were thinking about buying and suggest things they also liked.
Our friends and family donated through the website and left messages, which felt so much more personal than simply paying cash into a bank account!
The Mint List team was always on hand to help. At one stage we knew we wanted a rug, so the team talked to us about our style and then offered suggestions. If you want, the company will even approach new artists and designers to see if they can strike up an agreement.
We chose to have a tailored shopping day where a VW camper van stocked with champagne picked us up, before driving us around all the shops and studios we’d put on our shortlist, stopping for a picnic lunch in between. It felt like a lovely extension of getting married; a fun day out together selecting keepsakes we would treasure forever.
We commissioned our piece of art through Christina Christoforou. We gave her the lyrics to a song we love called Parenthesis by The Blow, which is all about loving and supporting one another.
We also bought another piece of art and were able to talk to the artist about his project, so we felt like we knew a lot more about it.
Another gift we wanted was a dinner service, and we ordered one from Melody Rose, an artist who upcycles vintage crockery by personalising it. That day we met Melody, saw where she worked, picked the plates and bowls and saw how they would look all together as a set.
Our friends and family really liked the idea of the list, they knew it was personal and something we would enjoy. I think they thought it was better for us to have something we would love and use in our married lives.
The Mint List is free to set up (shopping day is additional). Visit www.themintlist.com.
Four other fabulous gift-list ideas...
The Reverse Wedding List is a unique idea where friends and family don’t buy things for the happy couple, they buy them from them. Yes, really! The list is the brainchild of Marcus and Gemma Daborn, who came up with the idea to turn their cluttered house into a honeymoon fund. Born from the concept that modern couples tend to already have everything they need, it steers guests away from focusing on the cash element, and you can also get creative with what you post for sale. £££: a one-off set-up fee of £9.99; www.reverseweddinglist.com.
The Alternative Wedding List is for couples who would rather give something back to society than receive a present. The site allows you to invite friends and family to choose from a list of charities to donate to. Warm, fuzzy feelings all round. £££: free; www.thealternativeweddinglist.co.uk.
The Vintage Wedding List is exactly what it says on the tin; a long list of antiques from glass to ceramics, books, frames and textiles. But the extra beauty of this site is you can use it as an add-on to another wedding list if you want to keep your net wide. £££: free; www.thevintageweddinglist.co.uk.
The Love Trunk from House of Hackney means you can pick your dream items from its collections and leave both your wish-list and guestlist in its capable hands. The company will then deliver your Love Trunk to you. How cool. £££: free with a minimum order of £1,000 www.houseofhackney.com.
The Majestic Wine Gift List is a must for wine-loving couples. You’ll have the help of trained staff to choose tipples from all over the world. Now all you need is a cellar to fill. £££: Free with a minimum order of six bottles; www.majestic.co.uk.