(Closed) Gifts as a result of No Registry

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: For brides & grooms who did not have a registry, what was the result?
    Glad we had no registry - we received mostly cash and checks instead of gifts. : (3 votes)
    16 %
    Wish we would have done a registry - received many gifts we did not need. : (7 votes)
    37 %
    We received a mix of some money and interesting gifts we liked. : (3 votes)
    16 %
    Most of our guests did not bring gifts or give money. : (6 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    1399 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m interested in the answer here… we have 2 smallish registries, but we’re hoping for mostly cash :-X

    Post # 4
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    2098 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Me too. We are definately registering…we seriously need a lot and I thought I might as well choose what I like and see where generosity takes us. But I’ve only heard of one person not registering and according to her it worked out really well, including a gift I gave her, as it matched something from her mom.

     

    I haven’t heard of this before or after this one time. I buy things off registries only. I figure if they are taking the time to select, they either really like it, really need it or need the amount to trade in for cash/store credit and why not? Since when is my taste better than theirs? 😀

    Post # 5
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    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We both had houses and had two of everything.  Most people gave money, checks, or GC to Home Depot/Lowe’s.  We got one set of glasses for the bar, but word of mouth did wonders.  Half our guests were traveling so they weren’t going to lug anything anyway.  Anyone that asked where we were registered I told them, we aren’t we currently have two of everything.  One set of glasses out of 90 guests.

    Post # 6
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    12833 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I didn’t vote, but we had a mid-size registry (probably about 200 items total with 190 people invited), and we got most of those gifts at the bridal shower.  We got mostly cash or checks at the wedding, regardless of having the registry.

    Post # 7
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    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I had a fairly small registry (~100 items for 113 invited) which I basically only did because of my bridal shower, and hardly anyone used it.  Well, for the shower most people used it, but not for the wedding.  We got mostly cards & checks and a few thoughtful, creative gifts.  Which I didn’t mind, there were a few items I was really hoping for, and suprisingly I got most of those, but the rest was just “Well, there’s only 30-some items on here, might get emptied out, I guess we can replace our old dishes, too….” kind of stuff.

    Post # 8
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    4355 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We had a registry early on and many people bought off it for our showers. We were left with northing pretty much left over afterwards so we closed out the registries.

    Due to this, we got probably more than 95% cash gifts for our wedding with only a few people bringing phyiscal gifts of their choosing which is exactly what we’d hoped for.

    I don’t agree with writing on the invitation that you’d like cash, the best thing to do is to no longer have a registry by the wedding and most people will get the point.

    Post # 9
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    593 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We have 2 small registrys (ours at target only has 18 items, the department store one has around 35) with around 120 invited.. About 25 of these gifts have already been purchased and recieved at my shower.. which only leaves less than 30 items on the registry.. Only 1 thing has been purchased since the shower and with the wedding only 10 days away, I think thats probably a good sign we will get mostly cash/gift cards.. I would NEVER tell our guests this is what we prefer (although I had one aunt point blank ask “do you want cash or gifts” and I told her) but I think word of mouth has at least traveled to our family.

    Post # 10
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    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had a small-ish registry (80-100 items, huge variety of price points) and still received a good amount of money.  We still received a number of off-registry gifts as well, but most of them were nice and useful.

    Post # 11
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    998 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We had a small registry (like 25 items) and no shower. We got about ten items off our registry and some cash…but not much. About 40% of our guests did not give anything at all, and the rest gave random gift cards. when people asked, our parents politely said we preferred cash for our honeymoon. 

    Post # 12
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    In my area, cash/check gifts are given rarely.

    We had a registry and out of 76 guests, only 9 gave cash/check and 3 gave gift cards. If we didn’t have a registry, we’d have gotten a ton of things we may not have wanted or needed. Or, no gifts at all!

    Post # 13
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    1 posts
    Wannabee

    We had a BB&B and a Macy’s registry, mostly as a guide for shower gifts because so many people want to buy an item rather than give cash.  We also, through our travel agent, set up a honeymoon fund.  This was the best as people could contribute to our honeymoon directly – not thru a 3rd party that would skim a % offthe amont given, or one ofthose types online that feature a honeymoon experience (swin w/ dolphins, beach dinner).  After months of writing out checks for ridiculous amounts, it was nice to actually catch a break on the amount written for the honeyoon!  And yes – we got a ton of people that contributed to that — mostly due to my incessitant critiques of registries over the years, and telling the MOB, MIL, and MOH to let people know i really wanted the honeymoon $$! 

     

    As far as wedding gifts, all cash, with the exception of an out of town relative who sweetly sent us embroidered bathrooms as MR & MRS. 

    Post # 14
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    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Those poll results make me nervous. We are not having a registry, because we are moving, possibly even abroad. I wonder if I should put something on my website, like “no large or breakable gifts?” I don’t want people to assume I want money (even though I do), but I also don’t want to be saddled with things I’m just going to end up lugging to Goodwill. I was hoping having no registry would lead to more cash gifts, but the poll seems to show otherwise 🙁

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