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The honeymoon gift list is now probably the most popular alternative wedding gift list

As Valentine’s Day approaches in the middle of a recession, now seems a good time to look at ways of reducing the average cost of a wedding, estimated to be over £20,000 by You & Your Wedding Magazine. So if a bride and groom can get their honeymoon for free we think that’s going to be very attractive to a lot of couples proposing this February 14th! With the introduction in recent years of alternative wedding gift list services such as, this now becomes a possibility.

Instead of a traditional department store wedding list of pots & pans, with a wedding gift list at The Bottom Drawer couples can split their honeymoon down into lots of individual gifts that their wedding guests can choose and contribute towards. So gifts might include cocktails on arrival, romantic dinners in resort, excursions, pamper sessions, miles to the resort, each nights accommodation and so on.

Your wedding guests have a nice choice of gifts, and all the funds your guests contribute are available for you the couple to spend on your honeymoon – so if you have enough generous guests you could indeed collect enough money to pay for your honeymoon in full!

Ian Bush, CEO of The Bottom Drawer says “The honeymoon gift list is now probably the most popular alternative wedding gift list, with thousands of couples registering to use our service each year. It makes so much more sense when couples have lived together before getting married to have a wedding gift list that helps them collect funds towards something they really want, whether that’s their dream honeymoon, or a new car or garden makeover. Who wants teacloths and toasters on their wedding list anymore!”

Contact details for are or telephone 0845 459 1705 or 0121 661 4417.

Note to editors: is a provider of alternative wedding gift lists and securely handles millions of pounds worth of gift lists each year in the UK. Other examples of alternative gift lists include garden makeovers, where each square metre of patio, each plant, each manhour to install the garden, can all be individual gifts!

Some of the more unusual gift lists we have run in recent years include contributions towards a new horse box, a hot tub and even a grand piano, where the couple set-up a gift list with each key of the piano keyboard being a separate “virtual” gift!

Any high value items on a gift list at can be broken down into smaller units to make it easy for many guests to contribute towards one item, making it ideal for original works of art or sculptures to celebrate a marriage.

The Bottom Drawer is a finalist for the Emerging Retailer of the Year Award 2009.

Ian Bush, CEO of was recently awarded with a place on the 2009 Courvoisier Future 500 (CVTF500) list of Innovative business brains and creative talent – signifying passion and determination to succeed in the future. The CVTF500 network, founded in 2007, is one of the UK’s leading and most dynamic professional networks, recognising and rewarding the country’s most innovative business brains and creative talent. Ian was hand-picked by a high profile judging panel of leading entrepreneurs. The judges have screened hundreds of applications from a variety of business and creative sectors.

Ian Bush is available for comment on 07949 026551 or at

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