Letting Guests Know about a Wedding Registry

Wedding Registry Etiquette | Photo Credit by: Grand Velas Riviera MayaWhether you’ve decided to have an intimate reception with a few close friends or go the way of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, guests are as much a part of the wedding as the bride and groom. As you plan how many people to invite make sure you don’t cranky Aunt Hilda next to sensitive cousin Sally and keep your guests in mind as preparations are made for the big day.

Always Keep Your Guests In Mind While You Plan

Letting guests know that a guest registry has been created and that the reistry is online, ready to use and contribute to is one of the first ways guests can begin celebrating with a couple. Whether you have a traditional registry with home items or an alternative wedding registry (where guests can offer cash gifts to contribute towards gifts that can’t be purchased in stores) there are some registry etiquette tips to keep in mind as you spread the word to your guests. Here are a few of the best tips on how to let your guests know about a registry.

Shoud you include the registry info in the physical invitation?

The Invitation: Some couples choose to include the registry information on their wedding invitation. If you decide to put this information on the invitation itself, make sure the guest will notice it among all the other text. If you prefer to have an invitation without registry details printed on it, you can include another sheet that lets guests know about your registry. Keep in mind the type of registry you’ve chosen, as some couples who set up cash registries want to let their guests know what their gifts will help fund. Consider sharing the story behind your registry, whether it’s for a honeymoon to Europe or a house in your dream neighborhood.

The Internet: Email and social media are other ways to share information about a wedding registry (Check out the social sharing features that WedandWish has!). If you’re sending online wedding invitations, include a link to your registry or wedding website if you have one. Remember that not all guests will have similar levels of Internet skills, so always think about the individual guest and what will be easiest for them.

Wedding registry etiquette can be personalized to fit the style of any couple. Whichever way you choose to spread the word, provide registry information in a way that is easy and accessible for your guests as they help you and your partner celebrate!

Honeymoon Fund With No Upfront Fees Or Credit Cards Required

Photo Credit: Andrew Morrell | Wed&Wish Honeymoon RegistriesA New Twist On Honeymoon Funds

A popular article on CNN travel talks about the ins and outs of a honeymoon registry and explores the non-traditional service that allows couples to ask guests to chip in on much more exciting gifts than the standard wedding registry provides. Instead of a new mixer, guests can chip in on a balloon ride or cruise!

The article makes some good points about different types of honeymoon registries, like the fact that some are booked through travel agents that charge a fee, not to mention that for some cruises and hotels a credit card must be used to make the reservation, and the cost can’t be refunded. If the couple was planning on going anyway, it seems like less of a problem, but it’s good to be aware that there is no guarantee that guests will cover the costs.

There is a type of cash gift registry that offers no upfront fees or credit cards to get couples on their way to that Maui Beach house rental or Cruise to Grand Cayman that the article failed to mention. They are not a free service but the small fees they take come out of the gift amounts the guests pay when they choose to purchase a gift through the couple’s registry website, meaning there is no bill to pay at the end for the couples which is a nice touch.

Wed&Wish is a unique service in the cash registry industry because they are able to offer couples a measure of security that other registries can’t. They offer an added layer of security, meaning that they never touch the couple’s money. Unlike other registries that hold the couples “gifts” in their bank accounts before forwarding them to the couples (minus fees), Wed&Wish never holds any of their customers money in their accounts. They simply get permission to extract a fee when the money is on the way from a guest’s purchase to the couple’s account. This all happens mid-transaction thanks to PayPal.

Most people are never aware that companies are holding their funds and it can take days or weeks to receive their gifts. With Wed&Wish the gifts are deposited instantaneously and are immediately available for the couple to spend.

Another great thing about these types of registries is that there are no credit cards required. Couples can ask for any gift they want. Take a honeymoon cruise for example. Couples can name the gift 7 Day Bahamas Cruise. There is no need to specify the date. The total amount of the cruise can then be split into affordable gift amounts of $80.00 to $100.00 each and couples can set the amount of times a guest can choose to buy that gift.

Those that have never researched these types of sites will be in for a pleasant surprise. These types of services are becoming quite popular for modern couples who tend to be a bit less traditional. It does afford couples some exciting gift ideas and hey, it never hurts to ask right?

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