Post # 1
We’re planning a wedding in Chicago, but our plan is to move over to Belgium after the wedding. (My fiance is Belgian and living in Belgium right now.) We don’t want any of our guests to ship presents to me in Chicago or bring them to the wedding….then we’d have to either carry it with us to Belgium or ship it.
So the questions are…
1. Does anyone know of international gift registries, where you can have the gift shipped directly to Belgium/Europe? I’ve looked through the boards and only seen examples with Canada.
2. If not, do you think it’s tacky to set up an account for cash gifts? Anyone know of a site where international guests can also contribute (and without the website taking a large fee)?
Post # 3
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
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
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?
Post # 6
Thanks everyone for their suggestions.
I talked my fiance about large department stores in Belgium with on-line shopping capabilities. Typical boy answer…"I don’t know". He claims that on-line shopping isn’t that common in Belgium, but he’s going to ask his female co-workers for suggestions.
As for Amazon, they have international sites in Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, France and China. No Belgium.
We also did a bit more research (what did we do before the internet??) and found small stores with on-line shopping, BUT they were only available in either Dutch or French, no English.
http://www.trendystores.com/en/belgium/gifts.htm has some cute stuff, but too trendy for us, and not a huge selection.
There was one site, http://www.1001listes.be/1001?context=client&dispatcher=MainScreen_en, that was available in French, Dutch, and English …with an on-line wedding registry for gifts and honeymoon. Looks like they partner with local stores to provide a comprehensive registry. We need to look into this more, but I think this will be our best bet.