(Closed) Any experiences with International Gift Registries?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Just an idea… I went to a wedding in France and the bride registered at her local department store (equivalent to our Macy’s or Nordstrom’s) and they did an online registry, so when I purchased her gift I only paid shipping from the wearhouse to the brides house, not from the US to France.  It was wonderful!  I would ask your fh to find a department store that does a registry and has an online store.  Any major department store should do this!  (also, when Sophie bought my wedding gift from Macy’s it worked the same way, she bought it online in France but only had to pay local California shipping)!

Post # 4
484 posts
Helper bee

Similar to caliocteach, I did a registry at a department store in Australia. They did not have an online registry though. You had to either call or go to the store to purchase. (They were a nightmare for several reasons but I’ll stick to the ones that are relevant here!) So if you go that route, be sure to check about online purchases. Another option might be using a bridal registry company online (like myregistry.com) if they have something similar in Belgium?

In your unique situation, I think it’s fine to ask for money instead of gifts. The only comments I have ever heard about brides & grooms asking for money is that the guest usually likes to knwo how you are going to spend it. So maybe mention that whereever you are putting the info about ‘registrys’. "We look forward to decorating our new home in Belgium when we get there, your gift will help us to do that" (or something a bit more poetic, my creative juices aren’t flowing right now) People that know you will understand your situation and they will want to get you something for your wedding. This makes it easier for them.

Are you planning on a honeymoon? you could set up a honeymoon registry?

Post # 5
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We live in the UK – but are getting married in the US (I’m american).  we have a macys & amazon.co.uk registry.  We’re also asking for donations in lieu of gifts. 

Is there an amazon.be?

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