Traditionally wedding registries allowed couples to choose household items (specifically china, silver and crystal patterns) that they preferred to have in the building of their new life as a married couple and share these preferences with wedding guests in order to prevent unwanted gifts. The use of wedding registries has evolved into several more modern alternatives. Online, honeymoon, charity and even cash registries are just some of the more popular registries today.Making use of today’s technology, most retailers now offer engaged couples the option of registering for gifts online. There are even online wedding registries that combine items from multiple retailers. In recognition of the added expense of honeymoon costs, there are several honeymoon registries where guests are able to gift the couple with various honeymoon-related experiences. Cash registries allow couples to designate very specific items that are seeking cash gifts for. For couples seeking to incorporate charitable giving into their wedding day, there are charity-based registries where guests can make donations in support of the couple’s organization of choice as their wedding gift to you.
Despite all of the many options for registering, Mr. DrummerBoy and I made the decision to not have a wedding registry. This decision is based on a few things:
- We already have most of the household items that we need and can afford to store at this time.
- Although the idea of creating a wishlist of endless gifts sounded exciting at first, when we sat down to do it we felt more obnoxious.
- We like the idea of our family and friends gifting us with whatever they choose.
We hope this decision does not offend our guests but we feel it is the best decision for us, after all it is their presence on our special day that is the gift that matters most.
Bridgette’s Note: Please revisit this post from newlyweds dishing on the wedding gifts they use and appreciate most. Their responses might surprise you!
What are your thoughts about wedding registries? Would our decision annoy you as a guest?