(This is Part 9 in a series. Did you miss Part 8? View the post here!)
We had fun putting together our registry, and I was surprised to see all of the incredible options we had online. We decided to do both a traditional registry and an online registry that allowed us to include a lot more options than we had expected, including a honeymoon fund.
Traditional Store Registries
If you want the experience of walking around a store with a price gun in tow, don’t skip the traditional registry. The best thing about this is that you get to build up your registry with items that you’re seeing in person, and your guests can choose to either shop your list in person or online.
If you are hoping for cash gifts in place of physical gifts, look in to creating a fund registry. Sites like Honeyfund allow you to create your dream honeymoon (from transportation costs to hotel stays), and guests can choose to contribute what they’d like.
Online registries like Zola and Blueprint allow you to combine your wishlists into one. You can add items directly from these sites as well as from outside sites. If you have an item that you think is too expensive, designate it as a group gift so that multiple guests can contribute toward it. Want to create a cash registry? You can add that too, and it can even be customized so that guests are contributing to anything from a dinner for two to plane tickets for your honeymoon.
- Most of the advice I’ve read says to register for about double the amount of gifts as you have guests. This will give everyone enough options to choose from.
- Make sure to register for items in different amounts. Some guests may want to splurge for that $400 item you have your eye on, but not everyone will want or be able to.
- Feeling like you don’t need your guests to bring gifts? Suggest making a donation in lieu of gifts to your favorite charity.
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