(Closed) Which to give!? Registry Item, Cash/Check, Gift Card?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Which would you rather recieve?
    Registry Item - I put it on my registry because I would like it and maybe wouldn't buy it for myself : (22 votes)
    29 %
    Cash/Check - Cash is king, baby! Can also be used for other expenses - like books or power bills! : (51 votes)
    67 %
    Gift Card - Nice to have when we're running low on cash or saving up for something awesome : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    779 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would personally love a mix. I want my registry items, but if I got cash instead, I could go out and buy it myself. So either way, it’s amazing. I admit, I prefer money, because its so much easier to go out and buy things yourself and see it in person and stuff. I’m very picky! I’m worried when I get my registry items I won’t really like them.

    :S but! I’m not picky enough to not use something I got for free haha 

    i think I’m neutral on gift cards. we always get a ton of them for holidays because its such an easy gift and we use them whenever we can. So I guess it works.


    Post # 4
    589 posts
    Busy bee

    I will admit it, I really only wanted cash but we did have a registry because we knew that some people may be uncomfortable with that. 

    It sounds like the couple in your post probably would want cash too since they only registered for a few basic things.

    Post # 5
    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We totally want cash, but did a registry for those who aren’t comfortable with giving cash. We are also saving for a down payment on a house. So any and all money we get at the wedding will go straight into savings for a house.

    Post # 6
    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    If they only registered for basics, I bet they’re really hoping for cash. 


    I voted registry items on the poll, though, because they’re things I could never justify purchasing myself but desperately want. Like crystal. I’d love to receive pieces off our registry, because every time we set our table for a special occasion I’ll remember our wedding and the guests who purchased it for us. But hey, I’m sentimental.




    Post # 7
    1130 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Agree with PPs, if they only registered for a few things, they likely want cash. Also, if they are moving soon, they likely don’t want a bunch of new things that they will have to pack up and move somewhere else soon.

    Post # 8
    2556 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014


    Post # 9
    3257 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Gift cards are nice, as they force you to buy something for yourself.  I would do a gift card from wherever they are registered.

    Post # 10
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Not to sound tacky but we are hoping for cash… we have paid for our entire wedding and honeymoon ourselves with very little left over for spending while actually on our honeymoon. It would be nice if we had a little cash to use while on it… We have also lived together for the last 5 years and have a child so we have a house full of stuff…we dont need the traditional gifts like pots and pans and such but we did register for a few things…

    Post # 11
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Are you close enough that you could ask them?

    I usually ONLY give gifts because I feel there’s judgment in how much money you could give, but given their circumstances, gifts might just be a burden. You could give small gifts that are easy to pack.

    Post # 12
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m like you – I wanted our registry stuff.  Because I was afraid we’d say that we would buy stuff with the money we got but then never follow-through.  And, well, that’s exactly what happened.  The money went some to our honeymoon but mostly to bills and I still didn’t get the wine cabinet I really wanted.  Ah, well such is adult life, I suppose.

    In this case, though, I wonder if the small registry is an indication that they really would prefer cash.  I feel like that’s advice I’ve heard a lot: If you really want money but feel an obligation to do an registry, just do a small registry and people will probably give cash.

    Post # 14
    581 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I definitely want things off registry, but if I receive gift cards or cash then I can purchase items off my registry at a discount after the wedding, so I’ll be happy either way. Plus, there are a few items at several stores we did not register at that I would love too. I would use the cash for that as well.

    Post # 15
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would still get cash, because most of the time the dollars go further when the couple can use the registry completion discount.  If there’s something that you want them to buy, you can tell them that’s what you thought of in the card and that you thought they might be able to best direct it to the things they need the most.

    Post # 16
    1106 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I picked registry items, because any money we get will go to paying off my Fiance 125k worth of student loans. 🙁 We are also most likely going to be moving either right before or after the wedding, but will be registering for many items.


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