The Amazon Wedding Registry Service: Do you need it?
Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world giving users access to over 250 million products. On the 1st October 2018 Amazon relaunched their wedding gift register service to offer wedding couples increased functionality on both desktop and mobile devices and more ways to share the list with family and friends, including both email and social media links.
With such a vast range of products on offer from the most price conscious to the most luxurious this generally means there is something to suit every wedding guest's budget. However, this wide variety of choice can of itself lead to difficulties when the wedding couple's preferred style or quality of item is different to that of the buyer of a wedding gift. Try searching for something as basic as a white bathroom towel; here you find size, thread count, country of origin, material all compete alongside price and of course, personal taste - one white towel can be very different to another! This is why having a specific wedding gift list is useful and, Amazon would argue, it would make sense to have the items on this list as easily accessible for guests to purchase as possible - cue the Amazon Wedding Registry service..
The wedding present gift list can be a useful tool for wedding couples as it ensures their likes and preferences are forefront in the gift buyer's mind. However, do bear in mind the need to include a wide selection of gifts which should range in price to suit all budgets.
Deciding on how much to spend on a wedding gift can be a contentious issue: there is an argument by some that the amount of money you spend on a wedding present should equate roughly to the cost of the wedding meal e.g. if you are served a sit down meal with a typical price of £50 per head then a couple should spend approximately £100 on the wedding gift. Others however advocate the amount spent on a wedding gift should be linked to the closeness of the guest to the wedding couple, for example, the couples parents and siblings should spend more than a work colleague. Whilst there is no hard and fast rule, it is essential to include a number of items on your gift register that are 'affordable' especially for those wedding guests who may not have a high level of disposable income but who still want to gift a meaningful item to you.
Do you have to use Amazon? No you don't; you can register your gift items with a number of well known high street stores including John Lewis and Debenhams plus a number of online gifting agencies such as Prezola and The Wedding Shop. Some couples prefer to ask their wedding guests to donate money instead of giving presents such as a contribution to the honeymoon pot e.g. Honeyfund or Zankyou. However, for guest convenience there is no denying that the Amazon Gift Registry is a simple and easy way of ensuring the wedding couple are delighted with their wedding gifts and, the Amazon Wedding Registry can even tell you who has purchased which item for those very important thank yous!