Asking for Money Instead Of Gifts

posted 2 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
7028 posts
Busy Beekeeper

There is no polite way to ask for cash and no matter how many things you have on your registry some people will still choose to get you whatever they want. Most people give cash for weddings but some do not like to do so and prefer to gift a physical thing. They are gifts–you don’t get to control them. If you don’t want them return them, donate them, etc. Be gracious. It’s nobody’s responsibility to fund your honeymoon if they don’t wish to do so.

Post # 3
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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sassiestgecko :  Unless you want to say “We want cash!”, no there is no way to say it.   It is tacky, rude and just….no.


Post # 4
2253 posts
Buzzing bee

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sassiestgecko :  another one of my unpopular opinions: I say to hell with your mtoher’s opinion and put whatever you want on your website. IT IS YOUR WEBSITE. Secondly, I can’t imagine anyone not understanding that you’d rather have cash than ending up with 17 toasters and an ugly vase from your neighborhood Homegoods.


If you’re concerned about asking for cash, broaden it to request gift cards, as well. Title it “Honeymoon Fund”—that should ease anyone’s worries that you’re gonna, I dunno, spend the money on drugs or something. I really can’t think of any other reason anyone would be suspicious about you asking for money. Most people *I* know understand that when you’re young and trying to start a life together with someone, $$$$$$ is 1000x more useful than random shit to decorate your new home. 


ETA: if anyone is actually pretentious enough to come to your wedding that likely costs thousands of dollars to ENTERTAIN THEM, eat your food, eat your cake, dance inside your venue, drink your liquor, ALL ON YOUR DIME, then bitch about you asking for money for a honeymoon to support the marriage that all the festivities are celebrating in the first place—well, do you really want to be associated with them, anyway??

Post # 5
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Sorry bee, but this post makes you sound really ungrateful and entitled.  People are not obliged to bring you gifts.  If you want a nice honeymoon, save and pay for it yourself. 

While you may prefer experiences to things, many people prefer to give a physical give that you can use and enjoy for years or decades to come rather than a fleeting moment of enjoyment (even if you would cherish the memory!).

If people up front ask you want you want, it is within your power to genuinely say, “As we are combining two households we really don’t need any items for our home.  It’s so kind of you to ask, but really we’re just looking forward to your presence on the day.”  Then either: you won’t get anything (you did say you didn’t want more stuff…) or they will bring a cash gift if they feel comfortable doing so.  I would sooner do that than register for things you don’t want or need…  and as a PPer said, if you receive something you don’t need say thank you and donate it.

Post # 6
4769 posts
Honey bee

1. You should have just not registered.  No one needs to tell anyone cash is awesome.  Did someone have to tell you? No. The first time your aunt or uncle stashed a $5 bill in a birthday card and you figured out you could use that $5 bill to buy a shit-ton of candy, you knew that cash was awesome.  Everyone else knows it, too.

2.  You do realize that 200 people doesn’t equal 200 gifts, right?  Each household will get you something, maybe a couple extra.  52 items is a pretty high number for 70 households.

3.  A registry is not a binding contract meaning people can only buy from your registry.  A registry just gives an idea of needs and style – people are always free to go off registry.  But by filling a registry you told people you want stuff.  They aren’t going against your wishes because you crapped all over that the minute you created a registry full of stuff you didn’t want And gave everyone mixed signals.

Be thankful and gracious that people are spending their time and money to celebrate your happy occasion.  This is a mess of your own making and it isn’t going to kill you to return the stuff you don’t want.  For the people who keep asking about your registry, practice saying “Oh, thank you for thinking of us. We really only needed those few things because we have everything else and are just focusing on saving for our honeymoon now.”

Post # 7
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

There is no polite way to ask people for money.

Post # 8
3587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

People generally default to cash when there are no gift suggestions available. Don’t ask for cash. Everyone knows people like money, your guests aren’t idiots. Just have a smaller registry.

You also can’t control what people get you. A registry is a list of suggested items you’d like, not a list of demands.

Post # 9
47287 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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annabananabee :  What she said. Asking for cash is rude no matter what the occasion. I would seriously review your registry and only keep items that you really want. If anyone asks, it is perfectly acceptable to say that you have your household set up and are currently saving for ____ (whatever it is).

No one needs to be told that a newly married couple would happily accept cash,

Post # 10
275 posts
Helper bee



but it’s your wedding…

Post # 11
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Never a polite way to ask for cash. Super tacky.

Post # 12
3176 posts
Sugar bee

Do whatever you want, except for a dumb poem.

Post # 13
12812 posts
Honey Beekeeper

If people ask your parents what you would like I’d say you have all you need but are saving for X. Note that still doesn’t ask for anything, it’s informational.

Anything else, especially asking for money is tacky. 

Etiquette is divided about honeymoon registries. I feel that an exotic vacation, honeymoon or not, is a life style choice and your responsibility alone. 

Post # 14
622 posts
Busy bee

I don’t think it’s ever okay to specifically ask people for money but with that said, if someone can’t figure out a gift when you’ve got 52 items for 70 households (not that small of a registry imo) then they need to just grow up and figure it out. I mean it’s really not that hard to find a gift on the registry or even easier – give cash. I think your guests who are complaining about lack of gift options are being a bit ridiculous. Honestly it should be obvious that most people actually do prefer cash. 

Post # 15
1528 posts
Bumble bee

This is an unpopular opinion on the bee, but I’m guessing it’s maybe cultural differences as I’m from the U.K. I don’t see anything wrong with asking for cash if you’re happy to ask for gifts anyway (I.e. with a registry) literally makes no sense to me that people think making a list of things you’d like people to buy you is not tacky, but saying you’d prefer cash is. Even the royal family ask for cash donations towards charities instead of gifts. 

My friends wrote a little piece at the end of their invite saying “Your presence at our wedding is more than enough, however, if you wish to bring a gift we would be grateful for a small donation towards our home renovation fund”. Literally no one thought this was rude and it actually made it easier than having to try and think of something to buy them. 

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