Want Monetary Wedding Gifts?
Here's How You Ask

Figuring out how to ask for monetary wedding gifts is one of the most common things that I tend to come across. I hear things like:

  • Can we ask our wedding guests for money?
  • How do you ask for money as a wedding gift?
  • We don't want gifts, we need money!

Before I got married I lived with my parents and my husband lived with his.

So having a traditional gift registry was great for us because we didn't have things like cookware, linens or a microwave.

But many couples are now living on their own before they get married and therefore do not really benefit from the gifts normally given for weddings.

Even though we needed those traditional gifts we still appreciated the money that we received.

A Registry for Receiving Monetary Wedding Gifts

Instead of printing "monetary gifts are appreciated" on your wedding invitations or spreading the word that you need cash, why not create a registry to get the funds that you need.

This way your guests can then contribute money towards your honeymoon, home renovations, or other items not found on a Bloomingdale's or Crate and Barrel registry. 

While it can be tempting to add all sorts of items to this cash registry like

  • a honeymoon cruise
  • romantic dinner for two
  • limo transportation from the airport
  • swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas

I would advise against that and here's why. When a traditional registry is put together with things like bath towels, a toaster or a clothes iron, your guests look at these items as things that you need.

So of course they are more than willing to buy these items on your wedding registry because they are happy to help a newly married couple that's just starting out.

But if you are asking for money for "splurge" items then your guests might be thinking more along the lines of "why would I give them money to do stuff that I can't even do myself". They might be thinking that you're just being greedy and that you should be asking for things that you need.

So why not do just that. Set up your registry for monetary wedding gifts to pay for much needed home improvements, something that your guests would be willing to contribute to. Once you get the money, you could use it for that or to do something else that you really want to do.

But be careful not to create a registry for something obvious like a new roof and then months later you friends and family see that nothing ever got done to your roof. Set up your registry for services like electrical or plumbing work, be creative.

How to Get Started

Creating an online registry for receiving money is free for you (it can also be used to create registries for graduations, house warmimgs, baby showers, college trunk parties, etc.)

Creating your registry is very easy:

  1. Go to the online registry here and create an account using the "Create Account" link near the top of the page.
    • Enter a username of your choice
    • Enter your current email address
    • Enter a password of your choice
    • Write down your username, email address used and password so that you can log in later to see when guests contribute towards gifts and to withdraw funds from gift contributions.

  2. Once you have an account you can create your registry for receiving monetary wedding gifts.
    • Enter your name, address, etc.
    • For referrer the default "2register" should already be filled in for you since you came through this website to register for your own registry not to view or contribute to someone else's.

  3. Invite your wedding guests to view your registry.
    • You can create a wedding website which comes with the registry.
    • Send wedding guests to the website to get information about your wedding and view your registry.
    • Mention your wedding website on your Save the Dates.

Whether you live in the United States, Australia or another country, you can register to receive monetary gifts because it is available to be used in all countries and supports all major currencies.

Other Benefits of Using This Registry

Not only can you use this for your wedding gifts but you can upgrade to also get:

  • a website builder which allows you to post photos, event information and maps. You can choose from a variety of looks and colors for your wedding website.
  • an RSVP management tool so that your wedding guest can RSVP online allowing you to keep track of who will be attending.
  • a task manager where you can create your own "to do" list to ensure you don't forget a thing.
  • a budget planner to keep your finances in order.
  • a table allocator to help you create seating arrangements for your wedding reception.

Create Your Monetary Wedding Gifts Registry

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