An online gift registry allows couples to select gifts they would like to receive for their wedding from the comfort of their couch. If you’re considering using an online gift registry for your wedding, here are some of the benefits.
Whilst some brides may like the idea of spending a day in a department store scanning items for their gift registry, dragging a reluctant groom along with them is always going to take the shine off the experience! With an online gift registry you can choose your presents from the comfort of your own home, cosy up on the couch with a glass of wine in hand, and take as long as you need to make your selections.
What is a gift registry?
Firstly, what is a gift registry? A gift registry is essentially a list of preferred gift items for a particular occasion or event that is curated by the intended recipients of the gifts and passed on to their guests. Gift registries are popular because they take the guesswork out of buying presents and they can also prevent double ups.
What are the benefits of using an online gift registry for your wedding?
There are multiple benefits of using an online gift registry, here are some of them:
It’s more accessible for you
Creating an online gift registry from home provides you with as much time as you need to curate your wish list, whilst also allowing you to do a little research on products and items before you select them. However, the best part is that you can make adjustments, and remove and add items easily, and as many times as you want to!
An online registry also means you can set it up together without worrying about the hassle of going to a department store and booking an appointment.
It’s more accessible for your guests
An online gift registry is easy for any guest that has access to the internet to use. It doesn’t matter if they don’t live near the store you are registered with, and it doesn’t matter if they don’t have time to dash out in their lunch break and buy your gift, they can do it all from their computer, laptop or tablet.
This is perfect for guests who are based overseas as they can easily purchase a gift from your registry and have it delivered to your doorstep!
You have a bigger choice of items
With an online gift registry you aren’t limited to the products that are stocked by a particular store. Instead you can combine products from a variety of retailers, giving you a much wider selection to choose from. This also allows you to include specialist retailers in your registry; for example if you are keen photographers you can add photography related items from a specialist retailer, which may not be available from a general department store.
You decide which stores you want to register with and what items you would like. It doesn’t matter where the store is located as everything can be done online. You can register at one store for linens, another for small kitchen appliances, and so on – depending on what you’d like to receive. You can register with as many stores as you want and there’s a huge selection.
You can combine various types of gifts
Modern wedding gift registries don’t necessarily contain just the household items that newlywed couples need to set up home. An online gift registry allows you to combine different types of gifts, for example you could add a few charity related gifts and a couple of travel items for your honeymoon alongside more traditional home ware. Maybe you love gardening or camping; you can put gardening tools or camping equipment on your list too!
It’s an easy process
Instead of your guests having to go shopping, select a gift and have it wrapped, then can simply click on a screen and everything is done for them. A gift registry takes the guesswork out of shopping for a wedding gift, and an online registry takes the physical effort out of the equation! Essentially, it’s a super easy process for both parties.
Cash fund/honeymoon fund
With an online registry you can also opt to have a cash fund or wishing well function, in which you can cater to guests who may prefer to give money rather than a physical gift. You can even allocate the cash fund to a certain event or project such as a honeymoon fund or home improvement fund. This means that the money your guests gift you will go towards paying for your honeymoon or your home renovations.
Peace of mind
When selecting items for your online gift registry you are able to research the retailers and products, and therefore, you can select your preferred manufacturer. Essentially, you can make a more informed decision than what you would if you were rushed in a department store, and you can have peace of mind knowing that the products you selected are of a standard and quality which you are comfortable with.
Varied price range
Selecting items for your gift registry means that you can include products that range in price points. For instance, you may choose some items that are more than $100, and items that are less than $50. This way you cater for all different budgets and won’t make any of your guests feel uncomfortable. If you want a higher priced item like a BBQ or an expensive standing mixer, you can suggest that guests group purchase upscale gifts.