A recent article in the Daily Mail suggested that a lot of couples prefer money as a wedding gift nowadays: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1271535/Forget-gifts-just-money-say-newlyweds.html so today our supplier spotlight is the lovely Gillian Bell of Star Weds.
What is Star Weds ?
"StarWeds is an exciting and unique service for contemporary couples who don't need any more toasters or towel bales.
It is an innovative gift list alternative which allows your wedding guests to make monetary contributions as a wedding gift.
The money in your wedding gift fund is your's to spend as you please i.e. you are not restricted to spending within a department store or booking with a specific travel agent.
StarWeds has your very own personalised wedding website to which your friends and family can contribute money as a wedding gift.
We provide beautiful, customised invitation inserts so that you can tell your wedding guests all about your website.
Please visit http://www.starweds.co.uk/ , and if you would like to view a sample of the personalised wedding website, then please visit http://www.starweds.co.uk/sample
When, and why was Star Weds created ?
"We came up with the idea in May last year.
We had attended five weddings in 2009 and given money as a gift at every single one.
We found that there was no safe and/or easy way to do this, so we came up with the innovative and unique idea of StarWeds."
Who is Star Weds ?
"StarWeds is comprised of myself, and my partner Chris, and we have been together for a number of years. Chris has several years of experience working in IT - hence, our stylish, sophisticated and easy to use website, and I have been very passionate about weddings, and all things bridal from a young age, and have a wealth of customer service experience."
How does a Couple set up the List ?
"It is quick, easy, and free to set up a StarWeds account, and as part of the service we provide:
-"Personalised wedding website (upload a photo, your wedding details, messages to guests, view your online guest book and more).
This will also give a personalised URL (e.g. www.starweds.co.uk/alisonandpartner)"
-"Beautiful, customised invitation inserts to direct your wedding guests to your site"
-"Email notifications to let you know when you have received a contribution"
-"Stylish, customised gift certificates for guests"
-"Guests can choose from a variety of payment methods (credit / debit card, balance transfer or cheque)"
-"All of your funds are stored in a dedicated client fund bank account.
Only upon your request will we withdraw from this account.
Furthermore, the company is regulated by HMRC and registered as a Money Transmitter."
-"Souvenir CD ( website can be saved onto CD so that it can be treasured forever)"
-"First-class customer service as we understand that your wedding is one of the most special, and important days of your life."
What does it cost ?
"A 7% commission fee of the total contribution amount is taken off before your cheque is sent."
What separates you from your competitors?
-"We do not charge any set up or activation fees."
-"We do not charge for our beautiful, customised invitation inserts."
-"Unlike similar sites, we do not force you to create a time-consuming, laborious list justifying what your money will be spent on, we only ask for one sentence stating what you will put your money towards (e.g. 'a dream honeymoon in a tropical paradise far, far away!').
This saves a great deal of time and effort.
This sentence will be diplayed on your personalised website, and customised invitation inserts so that the guests know what their money gift will be put towards."
-"Customers can choose to contribute any amount they wish and don't have to pick from a list with pre-determined amounts."
-"StarWeds is not affiliated with any department stores or travel agencies, so you are free to spend your money on whatever you wish.
We know that in the current economic climate, most people want their money to stretch further and want to shop around for the best deal without tied to the limited options of some retailers."
-"Our customer service - we offer world-class, superior customer service.
We are highly professional, fully dedicated, and committed to keeping our customers happy and providing a personalised service that is second to none."
What is the future for Star Weds ?
"With more and more people, choosing money as a wedding gift nowadays, we believe that StarWeds success will continue to grow."
Thanks very much to Gillian for speaking to us today. From my experience on Wedding Forums, this option is very much needed.
As Gillian said there are very many couples that have already set up home, and would prefer to have a Money list so they can purchase bigger items such as furniture, or go on that luxury break that they would not ordinarily be able to afford.
I think its an absolutely brilliant idea, and think that Star Weds will continue to go from strength to strength.
To contact Starweds:
Phone: 0845 680 9357