Brides, grooms and their guests are adopting new ways to shop in safety, both online and instore!
Covid has transformed the way we do our wedding gift lists, according to Banbridge homestore JA Lyttle.
Some 80% of brides are now using the store’s online wedding list service to put together that all-important gift registry ahead of their big day, the company says.
Wedding gift list expert Ruth says more and more brides are now doing their wedding lists online, while others are making after-hours appointments to browse gift items instore at their leisure.
“Before Covid, brides would have made an appointment and come into the store to do their lists, although we always had a facility online for brides to do their list from home,” Ruth says.
“But I would say that probably 80% of brides are using our online service at the moment. They just have to go into the website to set up their gift registry – there’s a button on the top top left hand side and you can click on that to register a list for buy from someone’s gift list.
“All they have to do is fill in their name, address and the date of the wedding and they can do their list from home. The bulk of our stock is listed on the website so its quite a simple thing.”
Ruth says some couples prefer to make an appointment to browse the gift items in person, but can now do so without having to come into contact with other customers.
And she’s finding that it makes for a much more personal service from JA Lyttle as well.
“Since Covid we’ve been doing evening appointments, so it’s just two people, the bride and groom, and myself, we can do that in the evening when there’s no other customers here and it’s a more personal service that way, with more time to talk and discuss things with them.
“You’ve more time to give them that personal attention. If they come in during the week when there are customers and other people about, it can be hard to focus.
“We would write down everything that they are interested in and then put it online – usually the next day it will be up and running on the website.”
While many of the guests are happy to shop the list online, the shop is happy to accommodate guests who phone to make a purchase, perhaps if they are unaccustomed to internet shopping.
Once the purchases are made, JA Lyttle offers free delivery and can hold the gifts until after the wedding if that’s what the couple wants.
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Ruth says she’s finding couples are moving away from small gift items and going for bigger statement pieces.
“There’s a move away from china tableware to more statement pieces such as pictures, mirror, clocks, lighting and soft furnishings – people are going for table lamps and floor lamps as well,” she says.
“Interest in the china dinner set has waned, but we’re seeing lovely new colours coming in all the time in electrical products for the kitchen and those are proving popular.
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“The kitchen is going grander and people are spending a lot more time at home with their friends and family again, so it’s very much about home cooking, and nice accessories for the kitchen are very much a thing on gift lists,” Ruth says.
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