Expert Advice: Using gifts before the wedding

16th June, 2013

Expert Advice: Using gifts before the wedding

Would it be okay to use the engagement party or shower gifts before our wedding?

Some are very superstitious about these things – they say it’s bad luck to use or even open the presents before the big day. So, we would say it really depends on how much you believe in superstition.

Nowadays, however, it is perfectly acceptable to use the gifts you have received during your engagement party or bridal shower. During these celebrations, you may have already opened the gifts, so there is no reason not to use them as you like.

Also, if you have a wedding registry on Thankyou and you have online contribution items on your list, it is most likely that your guests have already contributed toward your gifts before your wedding day. You can access and redeem the cash anytime (even before your wedding)  and use them to purchase the gifts or spend in any way you like.

Why you need Gift Registries

11th June, 2013

Why you need Gift Registries

We found an article online  that enumerates the occasions when you do not need a gift registry. While we at Thankyou believe it is important and useful to create one, We always emphasize that gift registries only serve as suggestions or gift ideas, and that guests are always free to decided whether to shop from it or not.

These are some of the occasions that it says should not have a gift registry: second weddings, bridal showers, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, multiple baby showers, birthdays, graduations and holidays!

Whew! That was quite a long list of events, wasn’t it?  Furthermore, the article is capped like this: Click here to continue reading

Expert Advice : Adoptions, baby showers and Gift Registries

10th June, 2013

Expert Advice : Adoptions, baby showers and Gift Registries

There are many common questions about baby showers, etiquette and how to host them, however, there’s one that many mums are also curious about – adoptions and baby showers. Ah! Bet you want some answers too right? Here’s our experts’ advice.

Are baby showers also appropriate for a mum who is adopting?

Absolutely! Adoption is a big blessing and celebration for many parents and it also needs to be honored and supported as much as others. Having a baby shower is a great way to celebrate an adoption. When organising one for your friend or family, be sensitive about topics referring to pregnancy or any related issues, unless of course the mum is completely okay about it.

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The Gift Registry No No’s

22nd March, 2013

The Gift Registry No No’s

Creating a gift registry is easy, fun and practical and it truly is a dream come true to receive the gifts your heart desires! While you and your partner are having fun listing the items you like, we’d like you keep in mind that it is a NO NO to:

Put the gift registry information on the invitation itself.

While gift giving is a long-standing tradition for weddings, baby showers and other special occasions, this process depends upon the preferences (and generosity) of your Guests. You can use an invitation insert – it’s a small card with all the info that will guide your Guests. Oh, and do not send the gift registry information along with your save the date cards either. Click here to continue reading

Guest Experiences on Gift Registries

19th March, 2013

Guest Experiences on Gift Registries

A recent article on Yahoo! was published about gift registries and how they dampen the “wedding experience for guests”. Yes, that really caught our attention.

In the article, a study authored by Tonya Williams Bradford of the University of Notre Dame said that while gift registries are convenient, they “they tend to de-emphasize the traditional role that family members once played in helping a new couple arrange its household.”

Bradford stated that decades ago,  it was the bride’s mother’s main role to create a home for the blended families, however, with the use of bridal registries, couples have outsourced this sacred tradition to the marketplace. She also mentioned that gift giving used to be more sentimental and that today, everything is pretty much purchased with a lot of people  not really giving  much thought to customising their gift. Click here to continue reading

Setting Up Your Gift Registry – What The Experts Recommend

25th June, 2012

Setting Up Your Gift Registry – What The Experts Recommend

Need some advice with your gift registry? Here’s what the experts at Thankyou recommend:

Write a personalised welcome message for your guests.
Many occasion organisers love to personalise their welcome message and while we have made this step easier for you with a default message on your gift registry, you are always free to edit this or create one for your guests. Just below the welcome message field is another section where you can provide additional information about your occasion (time, date, links to venue maps, driving directions and reserved parking spaces etc). You may also use this field to remind your guests to RSVP online. Click here to continue reading

The Celebrity Wedding Gift Registries

25th May, 2012

The Celebrity Wedding Gift Registries

Welcome to wedding gift lists of the rich and famous. Oh yes, celebrities register for gifts, too!

You might think that these stars have it all, but no… they don’t. A lot of people do not believe that celebrities are also missing household items, but based on the gift registries they’ve come up with, we now know they don’t have knife sets or brownie pans! We’ve done some research on the internet and found out the least and most expensive gifts that they’ve registered for. Please note, these couples weren’t listed with Thankyou and this info is freely available on the internet, so we’re not violating any-one’s privacy! Click here to continue reading

To Have Or Not To Have? – The Great Gift Registry Debate

1st February, 2012

To Have Or Not To Have? – The Great Gift Registry Debate

Yes, the question! Should you have a gift registry? While the idea of having a gift registry for special occasions (particularly weddings) is nothing new, the concept has sparked strong debate on the question of appropriateness. People have strong opinions on both sides. Some see gift registries as helpful, convenient and necessary. On the other side of the coin there are those who feel gift registries are rude and and the ultimate in tacky!


Traditional wedding circles see it as poor manners and against all decent etiquette to have a gift registry or a list of suggested gift ideas. This comes from the belief that wedding gifts are not to be expected but are generous presents or offerings from guests. If the Bride and Groom directly choose wedding gifts prior to the occasion, traditionally it has been considered selfish and tasteless.

As we know, society norms alter and traditions change. Click here to continue reading

Gift Registries – How It All Began

1st November, 2011

Gift Registries – How It All Began
Have you ever wondered how the idea of a gift registry came about? Let us take you a few decades back and give you a quick history of how the convenience of this gift listing trend started.
Back in the early days, the giving of wedding gifts became a tradition. Upon their marriage, the new husband and wife were showered with gifts that symbolized prosperity, fertility and fidelity. It wasn’t long before these gifts evolved into tokens that could possibly help the couple start a new family or set up their new home.

The very first wedding registry (or bridal registry as some would call it) is believed to have been created by Marshall Fields Department Store in Chicago, Illinois, in 1924. This innovative idea became a success, prompting other stores to eventually follow the new trend. The idea of creating a list of items that the new couple will need after their wedding has now become a common occurrence. For many decades now, bridal registries have been embraced by couples getting  married as well as their friends and family who want to give them a gift they will treasure. Click here to continue reading