Sunday 25 September 2016

#TBT: Seven wedding gifts that every Irish couple wanted in the '80s

Amy Mulvaney

Published 12/05/2016 | 11:54

Bernard O'Shea and Jennifer Zamparelli in Bridget & Eamon, RTÉ2 Photograph by Paul Doherty
Bernard O'Shea and Jennifer Zamparelli in Bridget & Eamon, RTÉ2 Photograph by Paul Doherty
JVC VCR
Casio pocket television
Family crest. Photo via familycrest.com
Sony walkman
Tefal toaster
Camcorder
Sodastream

The 1980s was a simpler time for wedding gifts. There was no such thing as online wedding lists or certain amounts that people were expected to spend.

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Deciding what to wear was the biggest worry, not whether your gift would fit the couple’s expectations.

Here are six gifts that every bride and groom to-be wanted to receive thirty years ago:

1 Video casette recorder

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Sales of VCRs boomed in the eighties, with every household wanting one so they could watch movies like E.T., Ghost Busters and Indiana Jones in their own homes.

2 Pocket Television

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An essential for any family gathering you had to unwillingly attend, the pocket television gave you the chance to watch your favourite programmes on-the-go.

3 Family crest on a wooden plaque

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Getting your family name and crest on a wooden plaque to mount to your wall was a very popular gift to receive for your wedding. With either both family’s coat of arms or just one, the plaques were something married couples could keep forever.

4 Walkman

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Sony’s portable music device revolutionised how we listen to music. Thanks to the Walkman, it was possible to listen to Duran Duran, Bon Jovi and The Police whenever you wanted.

5 Toaster

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No kitchen is complete without a toaster. The eighties saw the release of a multiple slot toaster that was big enough to fit bagels in.

6 Camcorder

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You can thank the eighties for the release of the camcorder that filmed all of your embarrassing childhood memories.

7 Sodastream

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SodaStreams may have made a comeback recently, but they were one of the most coveted product of the eighties, allowing you to turn flat drinks into fizzy.

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