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