Post # 1
I was originally a bit divided on the whole registery idea, I find its not that common in Australia and was worried about looking ‘grabby’, however after discussing with my mum and grandma, we decided to go for it. The main reason is, we are in the NT and getting married in NSW, it’s not practical to schlep gifts with us back on the plane! The alternative is cash, however I love the fact that my mum sets the table with gifts that they received for their wedding and would love to be able to do the same.
Have any aussie bees done a registery? Can you share your experience and how it went over with your guests? Did they use it?
Has anyone used either Sydney Wedding Registery or Wedding Gifts Direct?
Post # 3
Fellow aussie here… I haven’t set one up yet but many of my friends have used David Jones, Myers & Peters of Kensington & my experienmce as a guest was positive (POK was cheaper AND you can make the purchase online)- so those will be my first port of call. It may be worth seeing how much each of these charge for shipping to the NT as that may be the deal breaker?
If you don’t get much of a response on this board it may be worth reporting on the Australian board. Have fun!
Post # 4
A lot of places do the registeries now in Aus. One of my gf’s had a registery with Harvey world travel, to pay for their honeymoon. Another had hers with “your habitat”,It was really good because there were a lot of things rangeing in all sorts of prices (She got most of her stuff that she wanted).
I also went to a wedding and they had their gift regiserty with Myer (that one flopped), most people ended up bringing cash.
Post # 5
Hello! We are using Wedding Gifts Direct and are very happy with their service so far. Very good range and convenient (for guests on and off the Internet). Some other friends of ours have used good old Myer and they recommend them (they were living 7 hours out of Perth at the time and needed their gifts delivered). Gift registries are very common amongst my friend and family group and are not considered gift grabby at all 🙂 I can share some invitation wording if you like.
Post # 6
I’ll probably offend someone, but oh well:
Registries have only become less common in Australia as more people become less familiar with etiquette and start including those little “wishing well” rhyme. Mostly because people live together before marriage and therefore have all the “stuff” they need and just want cash.
However, most of the older generation (our parents) had registries and know about them and what they are. Most stores (DJs, Myer, Wheel and Barrow etc) do registries as well.
Don’t feel that they aren’t the norm here, because they are!
Post # 7
I’m doing mine with Myers. They deliver the items to your house (at a cost to your guests) and wrap them too. My Mum made me do a wishing well (which I hate), I’m hoping to buy a few more things from my registry if there is anything left.
Post # 8
@Adalita: Could you do a “card box” instead so that at least it’s card orientated and not cash?
Post # 9
@Everdeen: It’s already been sent out with the invites. I’m having a card box though
Post # 10
Thanks for the feedback ladies. Much appreciated. I’d like to see the wording if you are happy to share. I’m feeling a little more relaxed about the whole thing now – and excited to do it!!
Post # 11
hi there, im doing one and im using Myer. they can deliver as well. at first i think i felt much like you, and as im only having a small wedding and not a very rich family i did not want to ask for anything, also people will have to travel. However after discussion with my Boyfriend or Best Friend she strongly insisted that i should have one. she did not have one and she said she regrets it as now she wishes she had those special items and gifts from the day to remind her. she set up an account at a travel agent instead. she said that she basically felt ripped off as some guests only put in a very small amount of money and it was all anomonous. also we have been together for a while and have most things so we chose special items that we normally would not buy, such as lovely cake cutters and platters. it was so much fun, they give you a scanner gun in myer and you just go around scanning in all the items you like, my partner and i went a little nuts, we know we wont get all items but people defiently have options. we also have made it clear that if people cannot afford it then it is not necessary (and we did also find some very cheap $10 and $20 items as well and put these on the list), just the presence of their company is warrented. all the best
Post # 12
I will be, probably going to go with Myer or David Jones
Post # 13
Yep, we are using Wedding List Co. They are pretty great, good selection of stuff. The fact that you couldn’t shop online with Myer and DJ’s really bothered us, so we went with WLC.
I also set up a registry at Country Road – I love love love their homewares.
Post # 14
@Mrs.Mods: Very happy to share – I got the wording from an article on Easy Weddings (and received a wedding invitation from a family member with similar wording).
Here is a picture of the insert (we did pocketfolds)…
In case it doesnt show up, or is too small the wording is this:
Should you wish to help us celebrate with a gift, we hope that this registry will make it more convenient for you to select something that you know we will love.
To view and purchase from our registry, visit
Bride Name and Groom Name
Post # 15
@Everdeen: I don’t think it’s a question of ettiquite. I think Austalians in general are much more progressive and less likely to be offended. Also, religion plays such a small part of our lives compared to Americans that waaaaaaaaaay more people live together before getting married.
Knock yourself out, do a registry or a wishing well! No one here really seems to care (thank god)
Post # 16
My daughter will be using David Jones. I have been lot’s of weddings that had one. It’s nice to know your are purchasing a gift they like and I also use it to purchase gifts for the Kitchen Tea party.