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11 Feb

Unique gift ideas that couples appreciate

From practical to the indulgent, get wedding gifts you’ve always fantasised about

Watching the exchange of inane dining sets and wall clocks nudged innovative entrepreneurs into action. And now, we have websites that can indeed control the gifts you receive on your wedding day!


Registry choices

Registries allow couples to make a wish list of products and experiences they would love to receive on their D-day. This list is then shared with their friends and families. Presently, websites such as, Marry Me Weddings and Wedding Wishlist provide to-be-weds with this amenity. “This is still a relatively new and uncommon trend in India. Indian families usually implement a ‘No gifts, please’ policy at weddings,” says Candice Periera, Creative Head and Co-founder of Marry Me Weddings.

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Cake stands, cheese platters, dinnerware and bar accessories top the list of gift choices; so do vouchers, spa vacations and weekend travel. Couples, who are not looking for home décor items, opt for honeymoon holidays.

With technology on your side, it’s time to put an end to the ritual of meaningless wedding gifts.


Even though wish lists are an indication of the kind of gifts you would like to receive, they may not express your intent in quite the same way. In order to overcome this challenge, many registries present catalogues filled with products ranging from personal items and home décor to vouchers and travel packages.

Another facet to this concept is that of ‘group gifting’. “Guests do not have to pay in full for a gift if their budget does not permit them to do so. Each guest can contribute towards a gift based on their budget,” says Kanika Subbiah, Founder and CEO, Wedding Wishlist, while explaining the notion of ‘group gifting’. Her team also helps couples create a unique wedding website, manage RSVPs and even send out ‘Thank You’ cards to guests.

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