Gift Registry VS Wishing Well

Gift Registry VS Wishing Well

With our Free Online Wishing Well option that accompanies our wedding packages, I frequently get asked about the difference between Wedding Gift Registries and Wishing Wells. So I decided to write a blog post about it…

Gift Registries are lists of items chosen by the couple for guests to purchase for their wedding. It’s what you generally see in movies, like Bride Wars, where the couple is carrying around a massive scanner gun and scans every item in sight! Usually this is done in a department store like David Jones or Myer (for us in Australia). Guests can then walk into the department store the gift registry is at and pick any item off the list to buy for the wedding couple. They then bring said gift to the wedding!

Here’s why it’s good;

– It’s traditional to give gifts
– We all love the idea of being able to say “I gave you that” or “My best friend got me this”
– Any leftover items that your guests don’t purchase is then offered back to you at discounted prices (various discounts apply per store and season)

Here’s why it’s bad;

– Sometimes their system doesn’t update in time which means you might end up with two of the same thing
– If you end up with double of something, you’ll need to find the time to return it
– You can’t shop for those things when they’re on sale. (I personally can’t justify asking anyone to spend $60 on a salt and pepper shaker!)
– There’s a lot of household items for you to place somewhere if you haven’t found a place to live yet or your house is still being built

 

Wishing Wells are when guests give you cash, gift cards or bank transfer you money instead of traditional gifts. Usually they are accompanied by a signed card by the giver.

Here’s why it’s good;

– Most couples are already moved in together so there’s no need for the onslaught of household items
– You can use that money for your honeymoon or your house deposit
– You’ll never need to return an unwanted gift or a double gift
– You won’t need to be travelling with massive gifts after the wedding
– Save the environment with all the wrapping, ribbon and packaging you’d need for the actual gift

Here’s why it’s bad;

– It’s less personable
– Sometimes money can get lost or stolen during the wedding
– Guests might feel uncomfortable about giving money (not so much in the US but the uneasiness is still there in AUS)

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