(Closed) Asking guests for cash

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4528 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

It’s considered tacky by some here, but acceptable by others. traditional etiquette calls for no mention of gifts at all

Post # 4
2832 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have never heard of this. I find it a little shocking actually! The dollar dance is one thing, but to put an envelope in the invite specifically for money is another!


tisk.. tisk.. tisk…


Post # 7
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Notcool:  I’ve never seen an envelope for mailing cash in the suite, but I have seen something like “a wish tree will be available at the reception” or something. I forget what it was actually called but my mom told me it meant there would be a spot for you to give cash instead of a present. 

I have heard from many Australian bees that a cute poem asking for cash is pretty standard there. It really depends on where you live. I have never seen an invitation that didn’t include registry information, but apparently most bees find that really offensive. 

Post # 8
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

In my culture and many other Asian cultures, it is common to receive cash instead of an actual gift. However, I think asking for it in the invitation is really tacky. This is why we’re also having a registry for those who don’t want to give us cash.

Post # 9
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Maybe it’s because I’m Italian and from the northeast where cash gifts are de rigeur, but I think this is tacky. Guests know they are expected to bring a gift, there’s no reason to make some cutesy poem up to shake people down. 

Post # 10
825 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Notcool:  while they shouldn’t have mentioned gifts at all, I don’t think it’s ridiculous to desire cash over gifts, especially if a couple already has the household items they need. I am having a registry with specific items, and while I would never say so to my guests, I really do not want anything purchased that is not on that list. There is a reason why I picked every item on there, and if it’s not on there, I don’t want it. If someone doesn’t like what’s on my registry, I would prefer cash over some random item they picked out themselves. Anyway, my point is, I don’t think guests should take it upon themselves to decide what the bride and groom should want or need. If you want to gift them with something, give them what you know they have a preference for, or just don’t give anything at all. That’s my take on it. 

Post # 11
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m from Australia, and wishing wells are common for weddings here.

Thing is, most couples already live together and they don’t need a dozen toasters or mixers and other common registry items.  I’ve received invitations asking for gift cards, wishing well contributions and honeymoon funds.

I know a lot of people think it’s in bad taste, and in America it’s an absolute no-no. Personally I’d rather give the bride and groom what they need/want than having to think of a gift to buy which they might never use.

I do know someone who asked for cash contributions for their engagement party. I drew the line there though, and thought that was in bad taste. Especially when her mother started raving about “I bet we’ll only receive $50 from most people!” and I was appalled. $50 seems to be a perfectly reasonable gift, especially for an engagement! Don’t know what they expect for the wedding. Anyway, I digress…

Post # 12
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Groan. Yes, it is bad etiquette. End of story.

Post # 13
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Notcool:  I think it is the height of tackiness to ask for cash gifts, in the form of honeymoon funds or any other method.  I don’t care what cutesy poem you attach to the request, it’s still klassy.

Post # 14
1592 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think it’s regional in the US. On Long Island, cash is the normal gift given.


Oh but it’s very tacky to put a note in the invitation.

Post # 15
8701 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If couples can’t afford a wedding – why are they having one?

I always ask this same question (in my head) when I see people on here saying they only want cash. In my area for the wedding we always give cash or checks but NOBODY asks for it. 

Post # 16
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Where my family is from, cash gifts are the norm. Registries are almost unheard of. I don’t mind at all when the couple asks for cash. I quite prefer it actually, but I wouldn’t put it in the invitation. Have it on a website, or let it be spread by your bridal party and family. 

The topic ‘Asking guests for cash’ is closed to new replies.

Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors