Gift list concerns eliminated with independent list providers

Gift list concerns eliminated with independent list providers

A BBC report last week announced that a watchdog is calling for more protection for shoppers who pay in advance for goods but lose their money when the business collapses. After the collapse of wedding list company Wrapit in August 2008, around 2,000 newlyweds were left without their gifts.

Is there a safe way to have a wedding list when companies are going bust in the current economic climate?
Yes: Dont put all your eggs in one basket! Having a wedding list that allows guests to buy directly from independent retailers rather than all from one company means that you are not going to lose all your gifts in one fell swoop.

The business model for Wrapit meant that guests paid for gifts upfront and Wrapit then ordered them from the suppliers. It took 6 weeks for them to collect all the gifts up after the couples list closed so couples often had an empty home until the gifts were delivered.

Using a list where guests buy from independent stores means gifts can be delivered either to the couple or guest  immediately so there is no credit hanging around waiting for lists to be collated.

The new gift list system from Wedding Notebook, to be launched in Autumn 2009, allows couples to create a list with gifts from anywhere, including websites, independent stores, charity giving and suggested items. It has the convenience of a department store gift count-down system, but with the flexibility of not being tied to one store or small selection of gifts.

It is good to remember that generally,where guests are spending over £100 on a gift, then paying by credit card rather than debit card should mean they will get their money back if anything happens to the company they are buying from.

Get green inspiration at UK aware

f you are looking for inspiration and ideas on greener living, then make a stop at the UK Aware show next week. Hosted at Londons Olympia on Fri 17th & Sat 18th April the event shows you how easy greener living can be, how it will improve your quiality of life and how much money it can save you.

Here are some of the things I am most looking forward to:
– Getting travel ideas from ecoescape – ideal for planning your honeymoon, or even just a short UK break to get away from wedding planning for a bit!
– Swishing – there will be two clothes swap events each day giving you may opportunity to grab a ‘new to you’ wardrobe courtesy of Daisy green magazine with all profits and left over clothes going to Traid
– some green debates on subjects such as finance, business, lifestyle and trends lead by the leading names in ethical business
– getting informed – there is so much info out there that it canbe confusing. Talk directly to the companies and other consumers to get informed and to see the new fangled ideas that are out there. You can see a full list of exhibitors here

There are FREE tickets around on the web if you do a good search, but at a small £5 there is nothing stopping you just getting a ticket

Check back for a report after the event…