Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Newlyweds Are Robbed of Gifts as Web Firm Fails; HUNDREDS OF COUPLES DEVASTATED AS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS LOSE MONEY ON INTERNET

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Newlyweds Are Robbed of Gifts as Web Firm Fails; HUNDREDS OF COUPLES DEVASTATED AS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS LOSE MONEY ON INTERNET

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Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN;LUKE DAVID

HUNDREDS of young couples have had the start of their married lives blighted by the collapse of an internet wedding-list company.

The failure of the firm this week means that thousands of pounds worth of gifts bought by their wedding guests will never be delivered.

It has left the couples' closest friends and family members out of pocket and forced them to seek refunds from banks and credit-card companies.

Some have already been told that they are not entitled to any money back.

The Surrey-based firm, called The Gift Registry, is the latest in a long string of web-based firms to go under since the launch of the internet in the Nineties.

Tearful brides said they were "devastated" and "sickened" by the chaos left by the company, and said it had ruined their wedding-day memories.

Trudi Morrison, 29, who got married in Bracknell on 18 September, said: "I am just totally gutted by what has happened, you just never believe it will be you.

"We bought our house last year so we had got many of the household essentials, but our washing machine was about to pack up and a new washing machine was on the list. It was supposed to be delivered to us this weekend."

Jane Allen, 24, from Newcastle, said she had received only a quarter of the [pounds sterling]2,000 worth of gifts on her wedding list, including a [pounds sterling]270 digital camera, when the company went under.

She said: "It's just such an awful feeling after the euphoria of the wedding day and a wonderful honeymoon to come back to this.

"We had already started sending out thank you cards but now we have got to go back to everyone and say they are going to have to put all this time and effort into getting their money back. I have got a permanent headache from the stress. I would advise everyone to stick to traditional shop-based wedding lists."

Ajanta Hilton, 26, who married James, also 26, in St Albans on 4 September, said her guests had paid for [pounds sterling]5,000 worth of gifts but none had arrived. …

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