Why Have a Wine Gift Registry? 22/10/2015

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We get asked all the time where we came up with the idea for Wine Please so I thought it was time to share the story...

Chapter 1:   The idea came about when we were still dating... you should note here that only crazy people date and launch businesses together! Anyway, we were enjoying a lovely mini-break together when we started talking about what we wanted out of life. Luckily, we had similar ideas including; we both wanted to be self-employed, work with our passions and travel A LOT. A little later that day Mr WP mentioned his idea for a wine gift registry and we realised that this actually ticked all of the boxes...  After careful consideration (and a bottle of Shiraz) it was agreed that we'd go into business together and work our little butts off to make the idea of Wine Please come to life...

The initial idea was just for a wine gift registry which we thought would sound something like...

"Wine Please is a beautifully styled website where couples can create their dream wine list as a wedding registry, providing guests with a simple way to purchase the perfect gift and a unique alternative to a traditional gift registry. It is the perfect way to begin your happily ever after for a pair of wine lovers."

Chapter 2:   It took one year to build the website, working full time and co-ordinating the construction of a complex website from scratch was in hindsight completely crazy. It was probably better that we had no idea what we were in for before we started! I still have all of the notes and drafts and sketches of the design and will keep these as precious memories. And then, of course we didn't just stick to the plan and added a Wine Store, Gift Shop and Wine Club. Of course we did.  However, against all odds we survived and even better than that...

by the time www.wineplease.com.au was ready to launch we were ENGAGED!

It was perfect timing and meant that we were the first couple to create a wine wedding registry. Here's a sneak peek at ours... #flashback

Our Registry

 

Chapter 3:   Our wedding was one of the most amazing weekends of our lives. It was great fun and such an incredible experience to be able to spend time with our friends and family who had come from around Australia and across the world. As we all love wine and our wedding was in the McLaren Vale everyone made a weekend of it, visiting the wineries and fabulous restaurants in the lead up to the wedding. It was a gorgeous time of year with the vines abundant with stunning bright green leaves which meant the region and the venue were gorgeous backdrops for our wedding.

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We stayed with our bridal party and family on-site at The Retreat at Chapel Hill where both the ceremony and reception were held which was beautiful. Adrian and I were able to have drinks with everyone and a long table dinner the night before. Then we woke up together and had a great day enjoying the glorious view of the vines whilst we were getting ready for the afternoon ahead!

Our friends and family loved he website and the fact that they didn’t have to travel with presents. Everyone knows that we’re extremely passionate about wine and said they loved that any wine they chose from our list would be perfect. Of course now get excited about catching up with our beautiful family and friends and opening the delicious wine they bought. It gives us a chance to share our enjoyment of their gift and the memories of the fun wedding weekend we had with them.

 So there you have it... the story of Wine Please

Mr & Mrs WP

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