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It all depends on what you need, want, or cherish! For instance, if you and your partner recently moved in together or bought a new house, you’ll probably need some new home appliances, so direct your guests (subtly!) to your Bed Bath & Beyond gift registry on the Registry page of your wedding website. If you prefer cash gifts, because you want to have control over what to buy, you can link to your PayPal, Venmo, or Honeyfund pages so guests can contribute what they wish—but be sure to explain how you’ll use the funds so it doesn’t just seem like a cash grab. If you cherish adventures, vacations, giving back to your community or a charity, or working toward practical, big-ticket items, you can even ask guests to contribute to your honeymoon fund, house down payment fund, or anything else that tickles your imagination.
Whatever your preferences, be sure to briefly explain your reasoning—on your wedding website—for linking to a particular wedding registry page, cash fund link, or charity website so that your guests understand why it resonates with you and why it’s important.
Most likely your guests will be asking about registries not long after they get your save the dates. You can make it easy for them by including links to all of your registries on your wedding website and including a link to your site on your paperless save the dates.
Yes! As long as you have a URL (like https://www.amazon.com) to link to, you can include it on the registries page of your wedding site.
For your guests who are more used to traditional gift registries, it may be helpful to include a note explaining what their cash gift will go towards and expressing your gratitude for any amount they are able to give.
Not at all! In fact, in many places outside of the US, it’s common—and sometimes expected—to give money in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. And in recent years, cash gifting has become more and more popular in the US, as a way of elevating experiences instead of accumulating things, thanks in part to the emergence of cash registry platforms such as Honeyfund. If you and your partner ask for money, do so delicately and honestly, explaining how you’ll use the cash and why it matters to you. Check out our article Cash Wedding Registries: An Introductory Guide for best practices on how to navigate the cash ask on your wedding website.
It’s generally considered poor etiquette to include your gift registry URL(s) on wedding invitations. But that’s the beauty of developing a wedding website in your wedding planning! With Joy, you can easily add a Registry page to your site and include links to various registry sites, and cash or charity platforms, depending on your needs and desires. A good rule of thumb? While you don’t want to announce your wedding registry, you want to make it as easy as possible for guests to find.
Is a cash wedding registry all that you and your partner really want, deep down? While there’s nothing wrong with that (It’s your wedding, after all.), it’s generally poor etiquette to only have 1 wedding registry listed, especially if it’s cash-only. Some guests may be uncomfortable with the idea of giving money, so it’s best to include a variety of wedding registries, traditional and nontraditional, to offer your loved ones some options. Try to aim for around 2 to 3 different wedding registry types. For instance, you could have a brick-and-mortar store registry, a universal registry or a specific cash gift registry, and a charity registry—just as long as you provide guests some variety when they contribute!
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