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Registry - Necessary or Not?

Lynnie, on January 14, 2020 at 11:05 AM Posted in Registry 0 70
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Let's talk about gifts, baby! 🎁 Do you think wedding registries are a necessary tool to help your guests browse your favorite finds and most needed items? Or would you rather skip the registry and hope your guests realize to gift you cash 💰, while running the risk of receiving some odd and non-requested items?


What's your take? Is a wedding registry necessary or not??


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  • Jess
    Dedicated June 2022
    Jess ·
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    Definitely rather have a registry! I feel lost when shopping as a guest for another couple's wedding when they don't have one.

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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
    Amber ·
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    Guests will gift cash/checks if they're feeling generous and you don't have a registry, so I don't think it's necessary. We only have one because I had a bridal shower.

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    In today's age, probably not necessary. But they are fun.

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  • Stefanie
    Expert July 2020
    Stefanie ·
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    My fiance and I are anti-gift registry. It feels tacky to us to make people feel obligated to purchase items the bride and groom picked out. I worked many years of retail and saw many couples select the most expensive items in the department in order to return them for gift cards. We do not like it at all.


    We do, however, have a SoKind registry where our family and friends can donate to particular charities in our names if they wish. It is NOT required and we don't feel bad if they don't.
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  • Stefanie
    Expert July 2020
    Stefanie ·
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    Also wanted to note that we don't like the idea of asking for cash either.
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  • Kristin
    Devoted June 2021
    Kristin ·
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    Not necessary- but smart to have, just in case. We made one for a couple things because some people like to give physical gifts but overall we'd prefer cash.
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  • Kasyah
    Devoted July 2020
    Kasyah ·
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    Not necessary- we did a cute card with our invitations asking for cash. People loved it!
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  • Merline
    Super February 2020
    Merline ·
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    They are super fun walking the aisle and scanning things lol.

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  • Ashley
    Devoted July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    This isn't really necessary, but we are creating a registry. There isn't a ton of stuff on it but there are some things that we would like to replace/upgrade.

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  • Samantha
    Savvy October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    I think this one depends on your crowd.
    Some of the older folks believe asking for cash is rude.
    Some people give cash anyway.
    Our wedding website includes a corky line on our registry about how we would prefer cash.

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  • Ashley
    Dedicated January 2021
    Ashley ·
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    Necessary if you're having showers. And I know people say that if you don’t have registries, people will just give money at the wedding, but there are always people who prefer giving gifts and I’d rather give them ideas than get gifted random stuff.
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  • Avery
    Savvy July 2020
    Avery ·
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    Totally not necessary. Wedding guests are guests, they don't owe you anything. Imagine if your cousin comes over for dinner that you invited them to. Would you expect a gift or make it mandatory for them to bring you something before you feed them? Weddings are the same thing, just much more expensive.

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  • Jeanette
    Devoted July 2021
    Jeanette ·
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    On the side of a wedding guest, I think registries are nice. I loooove giving gifts so going through and seeing what a loved one picked out is fun for me, and then I know I can get them something they really want.

    My FH and I won't have a physical gift registry because everyone is coming from everywhere and it's too much, but we'll have a Honeyfund set up so guests can find it easy to do than carrying cash and worry about what currency etc etc.

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  • Meagan
    Dedicated July 2020
    Meagan ·
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    Not really necessary but nice to have. On our website we have a cute little saying under the registry tab that basically says if they would like to get us something cash towards our future home would be helpful. But we understand not everyone likes giving cash or may think its rude so we have a small registry.
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  • Brianna N
    Super October 2019
    Brianna N ·
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    Not necessary, but we had one that way we got things we knew we wanted instead of random stuff. I'm so glad we made one! Plus, we got discounts after the wedding on all of our registry stuff.

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  • Amanda
    Savvy July 2021
    Amanda ·
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    Not necessary unless you are having a shower - most people will gift cash/checks for the wedding, do people still bring actual gifts to weddings?

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  • Kaysey
    Super February 2020
    Kaysey ·
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    Not necessary. We did one b/c we are in the process of buying and moving into a new home that is much larger than our place now. The things we put on that registry will help us fill out home if our guests decide to purchase us anything; of course we are not expecting anything.


    I think wedding registries are 100% personal preference.

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  • Kirstin
    Dedicated June 2021
    Kirstin ·
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    Yes I think this is a complete necessity or your guess or flying blind. Or you can even end up with multiple or the same thing
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  • SONDRA
    Dedicated March 2020
    SONDRA ·
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    We didn't want a registry, but we were asked about it by so many people it became apparent that it was an expectation. We created a knot cash funds registry with three options for funds: honeymoon, date night and home improvement.

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  • Meghan
    Super September 2019
    Meghan ·
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    I think if you're having a bridal shower it's necessary but if not and it's just for gifts at the wedding itself it's not necessary. But for a shower people are going to get you physical gifts so it's better to get stuff you actually want/need than what people think you want/need. Smiley xd

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