I went into registries a little bit in last week’s post about bridal shower invitations. I thought I’d continue in that vein this week, and give a more in-depth explanation of registry etiquette. Lots of people wonder if registry information belongs on Philadelphia wedding invitations. I’ll answer that question, and a couple of others that I hear a lot:
Should I Mention My Registry On My Philadelphia Wedding Invitations?
A gift should be something that guests give voluntarily rather than something that’s expected. Many feel that mentioning your registry on your wedding invitations can come off as greedy.
Creating a registry for your bridal shower is typical, and actually expected, since the bridal shower is largely about, well, showering the bride with gifts. It’s also recommended that you mention your wedding website on your invitations, and then link to your registry there.
Should I Rely On Word of Mouth?
This was once the rule for telling people where you’re registered, but for brides with lots of non-local guests, it’s just not practical. Use word of mouth if you can be sure that everyone will get the message. If not, your guests might be left feeling confused.
Can I Register For Cash?
You may let guests know that you’d prefer a cash gift to any registry item, as long as you phrase it correctly. Say, “We’d love anything you’d give us, of course, but we could really use some help with the down payment on our first home.”
What Should I Say If I Don’t Want Gifts?
A simple “no gifts please” should suffice! An even better idea is suggesting a charity that you’d like people to donate to on your behalf. That way, they won’t feel subconsciously afraid of showing up empty-handed.