Wedding Registry – EVERYTHING you need to know about it

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Wedding Registry is the new buzzword in town. Everyone’s talking about it, big Bollywood stars have done one for their wedding (Read Deepika & Priyanka) and it’s already a norm in the West. But for those who are not entirely familiar with this concept, we’ve got it all decoded, simplified and served to you right here! Read on and get an answer to every question on your mind.

What is a Wedding Registry

It’s pretty much the coolest thing to have happened to wedding gifting in India. It’s a way for the couples to create a list of gifts they would like to receive on their wedding — gifts that will make them happy, and be used, instead of those that will be re-gifted or dumped in storage!

Once the wedding couple creates this list, they can share it with their guests, who then know exactly what the couple wants and can buy or contribute towards a gift of their choice. When creating a gift registry in www.WeddingWishlist.com, we take care of all the logistics and deliver directly to the couple, making the process super easy for everyone involved.

A wedding registry platform offers the couple a wide range of gifts to choose from, including appliances, décor, personal care, experiences, gift cards, charities and more! In fact, now couples have the option of creating a cash registry or adding gifts from any online store to their registry. And this gives them innumerable choices to pick from.

Gifts that you can add to your Wedding Registry

A good wedding gift registry enables a couple to add gifts from different stores and platforms. Think of the wedding gift registry as a board the couple can create by adding different things they like online. They could add products from fashion stores, marketplaces like Amazon or Flipkart, furniture and décor brands, and so much more. Furthermore, it has the flexibility of adding innovative things like experiences, gift cards, cash, and even charity. Below are some of the popular gift categories the couple can choose from.

  1. Honeymoon Packageshoneymoon

    For those couples who are moving into an already set-up home and don’t really need too many gifts, this is a great choice. Millennials love experiences and they make for highly memorable gifts. From weekend getaways to honeymoons, spa vouchers, dinner coupons and more… there are many options to choose from.

  2. Traditional Wedding Giftstraditional-gifts

    This is the traditional choice for guests and couples—home décor, appliances, furniture, gadgets, silver, personal accessories, just about any product the couple wants can be added to their gift registry!

  3. Charity Gifts

    An increasingly popular choice, couples who truly don’t want anything for their wedding can ask their guests to contribute to a charity of their choice. This is a great way to start one’s married life and really make a difference.

  4. Cash Gifts

    It is not uncommon for couples to ask for ‘no boxed gifts’ or indicate that they prefer cash, because it’s the most flexible gift they can ask for. With a gift registry, they can add a cash option, enabling their guests to directly transfer the money to their account.

Add a message for your guests in the Gift Registry

When a couple creates a gift registry, they have the option of leaving a note for guests there. It’s important to make sure this is well worded and guests understand the intention for creating the Gift Registry. Like for example. it can read something like “Your being part of our day is gift enough. Should you still wish to gift us something more, please do have a look at our Wishlist

Sharing the Wedding Registry with guests

A wedding gift registry comes a unique link (URL). The couple just needs to share it on Email, Facebook or WhatsApp. Guests can just click on the link and buy a gift from the registry, just like buying a product from any e-commerce shopping site.

Sharing the gift registry through a personal Wedding Websitewedding-website

Couples can sometimes find it awkward to share their registry with guests. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be so. A great way of sharing the wedding registry is to create a free wedding website, complete it with wedding functions’ details, pictures, maps and RSVP form.

Wedding Wishlist offers you the option of integrating the wedding registry within the wedding website. When presented beautifully with all other wedding details, the registry looks like yet another important piece of wedding information to make the guests’ experience easier.

Some couples even prefer to print their website link on your digital or printed invites so guests have access to all the information they need at a click.

Guests buy a gift or contribute to a gift

Another absolutely wonderful feature of Wedding Registry is that the guests can contribute any amount of their choice towards a gift. They also can get together as a group and chip in to buy a gift. Think about it. When guests are looking for wedding gifts they generally have a fixed budget in mind and don’t always want to over-spend. On the other hand, a couple may want bigger gifts that don’t necessarily fit into one person’s budget. Both these features are designed to troubleshoot this pain point.

With the contribute option, guests can make a contribution of any amount they want towards a gift. When enough guests contribute and the amount is full, the couple gets the gift. If there aren’t enough contributions to complete the gift amount, the couple can either add the remaining amount themselves or choose to transfer that money to another gift. It can’t get easier than that, can it?

Group gifting allows groups of friends or cousins to get together and chip in for a gift, but without any IOUs. So each member of the group gets a link to pay their share and when the amount is complete, the gift is delivered to the couple!

The gifts are delivered to the couple where and when they want!

Once you create a wedding registry, you get complete support till the time your registry closes. Wedding Wishlist tracks, manages and orders your gifts, has them delivered as per your preference and shares all the updates with you. You can ask for delivery of your gifts even after few months if you’re in the process of shifting into a new home! And the best part? Like everything about the registry, this custom delivery service is also free.

Will guests find registry as a rude way of asking for wedding gifts?  

No, guests don’t find a gift registry rude. In fact they love the convenience of it. Couples in the West will tell you that doing their wedding gift registry is literally the best and most fun part of their wedding. After all, who does not like to receive a 100 plus amazing gifts in a day? But when it comes to India, young couples are still hesitant as they worry about guest reactions (especially the elders) to “asking for gifts”.

But this fear is mostly in their minds, because wedding guests, whichever part of the world they’re from, LOVE the idea of a registry. Think about how easy it makes their life—they don’t have to do the guesswork and think of a gift the couple likes. They don’t have to spend hours shopping for the perfect gift. And most importantly, when they enter the wedding, they don’t have to awkwardly carry a big box with them, waiting to hand it to the couple. Also, with a gift registry, guests have the option of buying, contributing towards or group gifting anything, enabling them to stay exactly within their budget.

Wedding Wishlist – A perfect Wedding Registry platform for India

there are many more advantages of creating a gift registry from an exclusive platform like Wedding Wishlist. Here are some top reasons:

  1. You can add anything from any market place!

    The most obvious reason—you can add all the gifts you want from online market places to your wedding registry when creating one with Wedding Wishlist. The prices will auto-update if the site price changes. But when creating a registry on a market place like Amazon, you can’t add products from anywhere else.

  2. A wedding registry should look like a wedding registry

    When using a gift registry from an exclusive platform, you’ll get the look and feel of a wedding. You can create a free wedding website with functions, pictures and maps. You can add monograms, auspicious symbols and more to the website and integrate your registry with it. That looks like an extension of your wedding and a beautiful way of presenting your gift registry than a product page.

  3. You can add a variety of gifts

    With Wedding Wishlist, you can add experiences, gift cards, cash, charity or any other kind of gift you like beyond the regular products that are available on these market places.

  4. The perks!

    Websites like Wedding Wishlist give you innumerable add-ons like free delivery when you want and where you want. That means you can decide to get your gifts delivered post your wedding date also. They also track guest messages, send thank-you notes to guests on your behalf and share a complete gift summary when closing the registry

This entire service is free!

If this sounds amazing, then you’ll love what’s coming next. Because this service is completely free and the couple does not have to pay anything to avail this.

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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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