Post # 1
Obviously this must be a common problem, and I’m guessing there is an easily solution – I just don’t know what it is. My wedding is in another state, and between it and the honeymoon we will be away from our apartment for 2 1/2 weeks – about a week before the wedding, and a week and a half after. What do I do about gifts that are sent from our registry during that time? I don’t have a doorman and there is no where for a delivery service to leave packages. I don’t want them to be returned, which I think is what happens after they come three times and no one is there…
Post # 3
You know that’s a good question. I never thought about that! I’m having a destination wedding and I’m sure gifts will come to the house from those who can’t make it! I think I’ll ask my neighbor to look over the front porch. So maybe if you trust your neighbors you can do the same!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Can’t the post office hold mail? Will they hold packages as well? Or else, just change the address to a friend or neighbor’s house — my parents are accepting and holding all our gifts that are coming in the mail, and we’ll just pick them up later!
Post # 5
Yeah, I live in a brownstone in brooklyn so there really isn’t a porch or anywhere safe to leave packages. I do have two neighbors but they wouldn’t be home during the day and they wouldn’t hear my doorbell anyway.
I did think of checking to see if they hold packages, but UPS only holds them for five days and then you have to go pick them up. So that wouldn’t work. Blah! I would send them to my mom’s but she is in the process of moving. It’s the perfect storm!
Post # 6
A lot of big stores in Canada will hold registry gifts at the store closest to your house if you would rather pick them up instead of having them delivered. Maybe you could talk to the store and ask them to hold all the gifts purchased after a certain date…or defer those packages from being delivered until after you return? If it’s a big store, it probably shouldn’t be a problem….?
Post # 7
I think FedEx will hold your packages for you much like the post office does. But UPS is a little more difficult. I asked them about this and they pointed out that you really have 8 business days because they attempt to deliver it three times and then hold it for 5 more afterwards. They also said that someone can pick up your packages for you if you write them a note saying so and so can pick up packages under your name. Then you just have to ask a friend to stop by the house and see if you missed any slips.
Post # 8
I have the same issue…we live in a walk-up with no doorman. Usually the dry cleaners next door accepts packages but that’s not going to work for like two weeks plus.
I’m circumventing all of this by having everything sent to my parents. Esp. because we’re not going to be able to fit everything in our current apartment anyway!
Post # 9
What about asking a trustworthy family member or friend house sit?
Post # 10
Is it possible to change the delivery address on your registries to a trusted family member or friend that lives in your area? Then they can match them, take them in and sign for them (or leave a signature on the door, etc.) while you’re gone.
We live in a walk-up, and we have a trusted neighbor who’s watching our packages for the first five days. Then my cousin (one of my BMs) who lives in the same city, is moving into our apartment once she’s back from the wedding to house sit and watch our doggie. We’re really lucky she’s doing that for us.