Destination weddings have become increasingly popular for a good number of reasons – from providing a great, centralized location for your family and friends from all over the globe to get together, through to offering a more private and intimate celebration of your marriage. Though it is truly practical for many couples nowadays, all destination weddings have an array of challenges to speak of – long distance decision-making, managing intricate details and even the gifting process.
Yes! Managing the gift-giving and receiving process is also part of all the nitty gritty stuff that you need to organise for your wedding. However, it need not be that hard if you know how to take advantage of technology! (and yes, you will be grateful you got married in the powerful era of the internet).
From the start of planning a destination wedding, you, like many other couples, may find yourself worrying about “gifts” and how to handle them. Some, who are very sensitive to the expense that comes with the event may even skip the wedding registry and inform their guests that their presence is enough. While this makes perfect sense, you’d be surprised by the number of people who say that they cannot go to a wedding (wherever it may be) without a gift. The dilemma on their end can be summed up to two major questions: “What gift should I get?” and “Do I need to take it to the wedding?” Consequently, you may also be thinking how you’ll bring the presents back home. All choices can make a difference when it comes to gift-giving.
So what is the most practical way to do this?
Relax. The best way to go is to create an online gift registry like Thankyou. Yes, you can certainly take advantage of the flexibility and hassle-free experience that Thankyou can offer for you and your wedding guests. You can create a gift registry and list anything you like. For destination weddings, there are a number of ways you can set up your online gift registry:
List traditional wedding gifts as Cash Contribution
Most couples who use Thankyou for their destination wedding like the ease and convenience of listing traditional gifts for guests to make contributions to. Guests, in turn, don’t have to worry about shopping or bringing the gift with them overseas. They can simply go online, check the registry and make a contribution of any amount using their credit card. The funds are then transferred to an account nominated by the couple and withdrawn when they are ready to purchase their gifts!
Set up an online honeymoon registry
Couples who prefer to list experiences instead of the traditional wedding gifts can do so at Thankyou. From rest and relaxation treatments, candlelit dinners, island hopping tours and other activities you wish to experience during your honeymoon, you can let your wedding guests be part of the experience by giving them a chance to gift you with cash to help you book whatever is on your honeymoon itinerary.
Create an online wishing well
Guests who love to give cash to the newlyweds will appreciate the convenience and security of being able to make a contribution to an online wishing well. With Thankyou, there is no need to worry about monies being lost, misplaced or worse, stolen at the wedding. Couples in turn don’t have to carry a large sum of cash in envelopes on their busy wedding celebration. Now everyone can enjoy the event without the all the worrying!
Create a charity registry
Don’t need traditional gifts? Don’t want cash either for anything? No matter how hard you emphasize to your guests that they need not get you a gift, most of them will still insist. Why not create an online gift registry that will allow them to give you a gift by donating to your favorite organization? At Thankyou, you can list the charities that are close to your heart and provide a link to their website where guests can directly give their cash donations to. This way, they have not only given you a wedding gift, they have also contributed to a good cause!
With an online gift registry for your destination wedding, you are able to give a chance for your guests to share the things that are important to you. An online gift registry will help them a lot in choosing what to give you and Guests will also feel they’ve given you a bigger gift because their contributions became part of a goal you wish to achieve.