WEDDINGS

supplier spotlight: prezola {the modern gift list}

Good morning bridettes! I hope the first week of January has been a great one for you.  For those of you getting married this year (THIS year!!) and those of you newly engaged and just starting on your wedding planning journey there is bound to be one subject that becomes a sticking point at some point before your big day.  A centuries old tradition, the wedding gift list is part of British wedding etiquette, but with so many  of today’s couples already living together before tying the knot, deciding what to ask for is no easy task.

But if you’re a contemporary, style-savvy couple seeking the perfect items to reflect your personality and create your dream marital home, I have the answer! Prezola is an online gift registry service, featuring over 30,000 products from top high-street brands including House of Fraser, M&S, Not on the High Street, Selfridges, Liberty, Heals, Cath Kidston and The White Company, featuring everything from traditional household items (that will keep Granny happy) to special pieces and once in a lifetime experiences.  So whether it’s a shiny new Kitchenaid or a spa day for two you’re lusting after, Prezola is sure to offer just what you’re looking for!

With a team of expert personal shoppers on hand to advise and inspire, you can create your own bespoke gift list and even add items from other UK websites.  The service is totally free, and all transactions are made through major retail partners, giving you and your guests complete peace of mind. And, for just £39 you can also arrange a Premier Delivery slot, your whole gift list in once convenient delivery slot – the perfect surprise to come home to after your honeymoon!

Today, we’re meeting Ali and Dom, founders of Prezola, who with a background in Interior Design (Ali) and media (Dom) created Prezola in 2010 to indulge their passion for interior design and share an expertly collated selection of items with today’s stylish couples. I asked Ali a few questions about her own personal style…

My Style Is… always changing! I love mixing the traditional with a modern designer touch! Vintage finds with High Street chic and the odd designer piece.

I’m Inspired By… print, pattern and typography! I love soft furnishings especially cushions that can dramatically change the look of a room. My current favourite is Niki Jones at Amara Living.

Favourite item in my home is… our two huge custom-built sofas! The whole family can fit on one! Perfect for X Factor finals! I also love the chandelier in our bedroom which adds a real touch of romance (an ebay find from a French chateau!).

Trends I Love Right Now… Typography; everybody needs a personalised print in their lives! You can’t beat Not on The High Street for these and they make such great presents. I also love the fact that colour has made such a comeback; a trend set to stay throughout 2013 – I’m so over neutrals!

Designers I admire… anyone who introduces interesting patterns into their design. Jean Paul Gaultier has just added some fabulous tropical print cushions to his homeware range. Conran for bringing designer to the high street – M&S we love you again! And Kate Spade can do no wrong right now.

I love my job because… I’m paid to do what I love most! Following the latest interior trends from the high street and online. Finding clever ways to replicate high end designer looks at accessible prices. And helping couples assemble a gift list that truly reflects their style!

Weddings make me… panic about what to wear. Never about what to buy!

My advice for couples planning their wedding gift list is… Don’t be shy. We all WANT to buy you a gift. Choose items that might last a life time; that could become heirlooms. And make it really personal to you!

Pop back this afternoon to see Ali’s trend predictions for 2013, and more inspiration for your gift list!

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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