posted on September 3rd, 2015

Victoria Square Unveils The Quirks Of Wedding Gifting Ahead Of Its Wedding List Launch

A survey commissioned by Victoria Square, Northern Ireland’s premier retail, residential and leisure complex, has revealed that a staggering 40% married or engaged couples polled across the region, have re-gifted an unwanted wedding present.

The research comes in the lead up to Victoria Square’s Wedding Event this weekend (Saturday 05 and 06 September) when it will officially launch its ‘Wedding Gift List’ service, the first multi-store wedding gift list service of its kind in Northern Ireland. The event will also showcase everything you need for the big day in one place.

The online gift card service offers the gift of choice to couples with a variety of over 50 fashion, technological, beauty and jewellery shops and 18 restaurants to purchase from, minimising the risk of brides and grooms receiving unwanted gifts.

The study also uncovered some of the weird and wonderful gifts received including literally everything from toilet brushes and plastic bed sheets to banjos and baby name books.

It’s no surprise that the most popular wedding gifts have changed through the years and many couples who didn’t have a wedding list also received multiples of the same items. The most common included: toasters and towels in the 80’s, towels and mugs in the 90’s, bed sheets and wine glasses in the 00’s and picture frames in most recent years.

Much loved Northern Irish cook and cookery writer, Jenny Bristow, who married her husband 1977, said: “In our day there wasn’t the option of setting up a gift list and even asking for gifts was unheard of. It was up to friends and family to buy whatever they thought appropriate. I remember at the time we received Ainsley Vases, in every shape, shade and size but the most memorable gift was a cheque from a guest who hadn’t signed it, meaning that we couldn’t cash it. We had an inkling of who it was from but never went back to ask for their signature out of sheer embarrassment, but we had a good laugh about it at least!”

Michelle Jackson, Victoria Square centre Manager explains, “Our Wedding Gift List signals the change in consumer needs – they want more choice than the standard gift card and this service offers exactly that. It allows friends and family to contribute towards a Gift Card so couples can buy exactly what they want not only for the home, but money towards wedding rings, a honeymoon wardrobe or a romantic meal post-wedding too.”


More information about the Wedding Event at Victoria Square can be found at and the Wedding Gift List service can also be set up here too.