10 Reasons Why Wedding Gift Registry Has Become Popular In India

If you don’t know what a wedding gift registry is, you’ve probably been living under a rock this past year. Well, for the uninitiated, a wedding gift registry is the ultimate way for couples to make sure every gift they receive on their wedding is meaningful and loved. Basically, a registry allows the couple to create a list of the gifts they would like to receive on their big day, and guests can buy or contribute towards anything on this list.

The wedding gift registry has been a norm in the West for decades, and understandably so. It’s practical and waste-free for the couples and stress-free and hands-free for the guests. However, its recent popularity in India stems from its relevance to millennials, a generation that does not believe in waste, and neither like to hoard.

Here’s how these amazing advantages and a lot of celebrity validation has helped the soaring popularity of the wedding gift registry in India.

#1 It’s what the stars did!

Reason #1, as it is in most cases, is the adoption of the gift registry by India’s most beloved actors, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, for their wedding. While Deepika chose to not accept gifts but take donations towards her Live Love Laugh Foundation, Priyanka created one with Amazon. Celebrities like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry choosing to have one did not hurt the popularity of this trend either!

#2 Guests absolutely LOVE it!

The greatest proponents of a wedding gift registry are wedding guests and with good reason. It takes a huge load off them as they don’t have to guess what the couple would want. They can contribute any amount they like towards a gift registry, making it easy for them to stay within their budget. They also don’t have to lug around a boxed gift at the venue, waiting for the bride and groom to get free. And most importantly, they don’t have to spend time hunting for a gift, they can buy one at the click of a button.

#3 Saves the couple a lot of money

Weddings in India are not cheap. And for most couples, this steep expense can really take a toll on their savings. A Wedding Registry helps them navigate this problem to a certain degree. The couple can add the gifts they want to start their new life with on their registry and guests can buy or contribute towards these gifts. It saves the couple the time and money needed to buy these things themselves, after the huge expense they have already made on the wedding.

#4 It’s the responsible thing to do!

The costs of an Indian wedding cannot always be defined in monetary terms, as extravagant weddings take a toll on the environment as well as lead to a lot of wastage! Billions of dollars are spent every year on gifts that don’t have any use. By asking for the gifts they want, or donating to charity, couples are taking a responsible stand towards the money that guests spend. Millennials today want to be socially and environmentally conscious, and this mindset has led to the popularity of a wedding gift registry.

#5 It’s so much fun

How can something like this not become popular? Can you imagine the joy of being able to make a list of absolutely everything you want and actually get it? It’s like a lifetime of Christmases rolled into one! Couples can go to any online site in India, pick anything they like, and actually have it gifted to them. There’s nothing about it that shouldn’t be loved.

#6 The variety of gifts is mind boggling

Conventionally, gift registries were restricted to single stores or websites. But now the world of wedding registries has got a makeover and you can add pretty much anything you like to yours. Choices range from gifts, experiences, holidays, gift cards, charities and more. And for the really safe couples, there’s even as option to create a cash registry for your wedding. Now isn’t that amazing?

#7 It comes with a website!

Indian registry brands like Wedding Wishlist offer an exclusive free service called the Wedding Website, where newlyweds can share snippets of their love story in an elegant customized webpage; with the best part being it allows them to incorporate their gift registry in it. So not only do you get the best gift ever, you get to create a customized website for your wedding with all the details you want to share with guests.

#8 It’s free!

Let’s be honest. In India, we love all things free. A wedding gift registry is not just that but also extremely useful for the couple and their guests, making it a popular trend by default.

#9 You get your gifts delivered to your doorstep

The most difficult part about wedding gifts is to manage the logistics. Guests bring gifts through all the wedding functions, and you have different family members in charge of handling and safeguarding them. Taking them home from each venue, sending them to the couple’s new home, making sure nothing is lost or stolen, keeping all gift cards and messages intact—all of this can take a serious toll on the couples family. With a gift registry, none of these problems occur as the couple can ask for the gifts to be delivered when and where they want.

#10 Group Gifting & Contributions made easy

Wedding gift registries make the process of group gifting so easy! Very often, individuals don’t have enough of a budget to get something meaningful for the couple. This is especially true for colleagues and distant associates. With a registry, guests can contribute any amount towards a gift, thereby making a real difference with their money. Also, groups of friends or cousins can get together and gift the couple something by splitting an expensive item between them.

To create a free wedding gift registry, log on to www.weddingwishlist.com now!

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for WeddingWishlist.com & CherryTin.com. Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with our both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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