Post # 1
Are there any other brides on here that live abroad indefinitely from where they’re getting married & where all of their guests are coming from?
My Fiance and I are living in Europe. My guests are from North America, his from Australasia. We’re having the wedding in the US, a second reception near his family, and we have no plans to move away from Europe for at least another 3-4 years. I don’t know what to do about a registry!
My parents are wonderful and have said that any gifts that we want to store in their house until we return to NA permanently we are welcome to. So at this point we’re definitely doing a registry for fine china as that can sit in their house without losing usability. But we’re inviting 175 people…they can’t all buy china! I don’t want things like vaccuums, bed linens, random kitchen equipment, etc just sitting un-used for 4 years until we return. But it seems ridiculous to ship expensive (we’d have to pay import tax) and bulky items over to our place in Europe only to ship them back again in a couple years. Plus our apartment is definitely not large enough to store extra stuff and we have everything we need (we’ve lived together for 2+ years).
Post # 2
You could register for le crueset kitchen ware- it’s wonderful quality and a “life time” present. Also consider silver ware, crystal vases, crystal fruit bowl, silver picture frames, silver chargers (although the solid silver are about 3000 euro a piece, the silver plated are about 500 euros), silver coasters, silver or crystal ice bucket, crystal glasses (not just for the table… bar ware also)
I’ve always been in the opinion that wedding gifts should be incredibly high quality items that one should use for life and pass on through the generations- I can buy my own vaccuum. So to me having the gifts be in storage for a few years would be fine.
Post # 3
I’m Canadian, Fiance is British and we’re getting married in Canada. We live in England.
We think what we’re going to do is register for gifts in the UK, and offer an option of a honeymoon fund so that people don’t have to change CAN dollars into pounds since it’s a massive loss.
Post # 4
Good ideas! Le Creuset, silverware, and crystal vases are definitely items that can sit for a couple years until we return.
Maybe we’ll do a registry for that and then on our wedding website under the registry page have a blurb about being unable to transport gifts back to our home so to refrain from boxed items unless they are “lifetime” gifts.
Most of our guests have to travel in for the wedding, so we don’t even expect to also receive gifts since their presence literally is a present to us! But I know the crowd and many of them are going to feel compelled to buy us gifts as well.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2017 - France
I’m from the Caribbean, Fiance is from France and we’re getting married here in France. My family is coming from the US and Caribbean but we’re not doing any registries, I had never heard about it until coming on this site.