The question has been popped, she has said yes, and you are ready to start planning My Wedding. How excited you must be! In addition to the many issues going through your head right now, you will be planning venues, picking bridal attendants, and also, planning the gift registry. All of this in today’s economy. While you are remembering your own budget during your wedding countdown, you also need to remember your guests. If you have ever been invited to a wedding, the first thing that likely popped into your head was, how much is this day going to cost me? Remember that your guests are going through the same thing when you are planning your wedding registry. Today however, new couples are getting very creative about how to go about this, and still get everything that they need. Here are some ideas for you to consider.
One thing that is sure is that today’s economy is tough. This is probably playing a role in your wedding plans. You may also be in the same boat as many couples that are also hoping to plan for their first new home together. As you should be, this is all a very exciting, but pressure filled time for you. This is where the gift registry comes in. Before you decide what to do with your registry, you need to think about what you need.
Some couples today will be foregoing their honeymoon because of the cost involved. But if a honeymoon is extremely important to you, you can implement this into your registry and ask your guests to help you out! A new trend in weddings today is using a travel agent as your gift registry. You pick where you and your beloved want to go, and set it up with a travel agent. You simply tell your guests what arrangements you have made, and they deposit money with the travel agent to help you have your dream honeymoon. Every couple should start off with this shared memory, and there will be few if any of your guests that have a problem with it.
Another similar idea is registering with a local bank to collect money directly from your guests. This sounds much less awkward than you might think, because many couples are doing just that to save for their first home. Instead of registering for actual presents, couples register a bank account to start saving for their life together. Think about it. How many times have you slipped some cash or a check into a wedding card? New couples have been getting money as a gift since the age of the dowry, and this is simply a contemporary way of getting it and making the process that much easier for your guests.
When you are hot in the throes of a wedding timeline, and you already have everything you need to begin your life with your beloved, asking for what you need in this economy is an easy way to check more off your list. As well, this tells your guests exactly what you need, and makes their job of gift giving so much easier, as they will be able to spend exactly what they want, without feeling like they have to go over budget themselves. These ideas are a win win for everybody!