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!

Wedding Registry Etiquette for Our Cash Bridal Registry

Wedding Registry Etiquette | Photo Credit: julian wyleglyOnline Wedding Registry Etiquette – Best Practices

Gone are the days when getting married meant that couples registered strictly for household items, regardless of whether or not they actually needed them. In some ways, marriage itself has fundamentally changed, with far more couples getting married later in life or living together prior to getting married. Many modern couples are turning to honeymoon and cash registry services so that they can get the gifts that they want and need – things like a down payment for their house, or hotel and airfare for their honeymoon.

With so many modern wedding registry options, there can be a lot of questions as to what constitutes proper wedding etiquette, which standards are antiquated, and which rules should still be followed. Here are some helpful hints and etiquette tips for managing your Wed&Wish wedding registry.

Gifts

Let guests decide what to get for you. Make sure to register for more than one item so as not to “force” your guests into purchasing a particular gift. Wed&Wish offers a feature that allows guests to create their own gift for you, which will still be deposited as funds into your PayPal account (click here to learn more about how Wed&Wish works).

Though it is customary for them to do so, guests should never feel obliged to give a wedding gift. Always remain gracious and flexible about the gifts on your registry – your wedding registry is simply a suggestion of what you would like should friends and family choose to purchase you a gift.

Offer gift options for every budget. Everyone’s budgets are different, and the costs of attending a wedding can already be stretching the limits for some guests. Don’t just register for big ticket items – make sure to register for smaller items as well. The average price of a wedding gift in the United States is $85, which should give you a good idea of how to price your cash gifts. Wed&Wish’s customizable registry allows you to create various monetary amounts that can be purchased by your guests. Offering a variety of differently priced gifts, even if they are going towards the same item, is something that we highly recommend doing.

Diversify. If you think some guests will be uncomfortable with a cash or honeymoon registry – and some very well may be – expand your registry options. Register for a few must-have physical items in addition to your cash or honeymoon registry.

You’ll also want to take care to register somewhere that is easily found either online or across your country. Again, wedding gifts should always be considered optional, but giving your guests a greater number of accessible options will make them feel more secure in their ability to participate.

Spreading the Word

Many couples understandably find themselves in a conundrum when it comes to whether or not to include their registry information on their wedding invitiation. There has been a lot of debate on this front, as some feel that listing wedding registry information directly on your invitation can detract from the real purpose of your special day. At the same time, your guests do want to purchase gifts for you, and it should be as easy for them as possible to locate your registry.

Whether using a traditional registry or a cash or honeymoon registry, most couples choose to provide registry information discreetly at the bottom of their invitation or as a separate insert included with their wedding invitation. You can also provide your general wedding website directly on the invitation. Not only will this let guests find all the information they need to know about your wedding in one easy location, but from there you can link directly to your registry website. Wed&Wish offers a “My Guests” feature that allows couples to easily share the details of their wedding registry to friends and family through email and social media.

Giving Thanks

Thank each and every guest for their gift – even if it’s not what you registered for. Regardless of whether or not a guest has given you a gift that you actually registered for, you should send them a handwritten thank you card for their present. It doesn’t need to be pages long, but do try to include a personalized detail or two in addition to referencing the actual gift given. Wed&Wish provides you with the tools to track all of your cash and honeymoon registry gifts, including guest name, gift purchased and gift amount.

Send thanks sooner rather than later. Don’t wait too long to send your thank you cards. Not only is it more polite to send thank you cards in a timely manner, but it’s in your best interests as well, as you will be less diligent about sending them as time goes on. Try to send thank you cards as you receive presents, breaking as necessary for your festivities and honeymoon, of course.

 

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