3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Stray From Their Wedding Registry
Let’s be honest – traditional wedding registries are a little bland. Flatware, dishes, linens – these are all home essentials that everybody needs, but they’re not exactly things people get excited about gifting. (True story: at the time of this posting, I am a mere 5 days away from my wedding, and I have only received one out of the requested eight sets of Noritake tableware on my registry. Yikes!)
Luckily, with the advancement of cash registry sites like Zankyou, there are now a myriad of fabulous wedding registry gift options that wedding guests will be ecstatic to provide for the happy couple – from big ticket items like travel accommodations, furniture, or a downpayment on a house, to little finishing touches like a romantic dinner for two, a fancy bottle of champagne, luxe design items, etc.
And yet, even with all of these exciting new registry options, guests are still tempted to go rogue and come up with a wedding gift which meets their own personal requirements for premium gift giving. Sound familiar? Here’s why you should resist the urge.
Your tastes are not exemplary of their tastes as a couple. Even if you have a lot in common with either the bride or the groom, that doesn’t mean your gift of a vintage neon bar sign or a plush chair shaped like a stiletto will ever make an appearance in their new home. Save such personal gifts for birthdays.
They’ve spent a lot of time crafting their wedding registry. Building a wedding registry is no easy task. While it’s easy to evaluate what sort of bedsheets you might want while you’re shopping for bed sheets, wedding registries force you to discover what your requirements are for EVERY single item in your home, from bath mats to blenders and beyond. Suffice it to say, they’ve put a LOT of thought into this. Ignoring their wishes is just a tad insulting.
If the couple has a more nontraditional registry, like a honeymoon registry, they’ve obviously put just as much care and consideration into their vacay decisions. You can’t account for how they’ll budget their time, and you can’t predict where things might go awry – so trying to give them a little travel surprise that they haven’t actually asked for somewhere between Barcelona and Madrid could very well be a waste of your time and theirs.
They’d greatly prefer CASH. People have this idea that cash gifts are thoughtless and impersonal – and in some instances, they’re right. However, for gift giving occasions such as weddings, the happy couple would probably prefer cash over most things that appear in their wedding registry. Weddings are financially draining – and even if the bride and groom haven’t ponied up a lot of dough to pay for their own nuptials, they’ll be happy to have a nice little nest egg as newlyweds. Friends of this bride and groom actually used Zankyou to covertly raise over $2500 for the lucky couple!
Speaking of CASH gifts, were you aware that a Zankyou wedding registry allows you to redeem any and all wedding gifts as cash? Couples have the freedom and flexibility to use the cash when and where they choose – so if they decide to hold off on that shiny new Oneida flatware, and put the money into savings instead – no biggie!
Need to brush up on your wedding guest etiquette, or have questions about whether or not to give a gift at all? Here’s a little required reading for you: “To Give Or Not Give A Gift When You Can’t Attend The Wedding?”
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