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Is It Ok To Ask For Money On Your Wedding Registry?

EventasticWeddings.com Cash Gifting RegistryWe have had great fun speaking with couples getting married all over the world and time and time again the discussion arises as to whether it is ok to ask for money when getting married.

Younger, first marriage couples like either option of having both packaged gifts and money given as gifts for their wedding. Couples that are established in homes with all the basics and couples getting married the second time say they would like to be able to add a few gift items to their registry they’ve yet to acquire, but more often they prefer cash gifts.

Cash gifting at weddings has been around forever but couples said they found it difficult to find tactful ways of asking for money. Being able to request monies by telling guests what they plan to apply the funds to is much more palatable for the couple and the guests. Guests want to give something useful at a wedding and what better way than to be given options that the couple are saving towards and would truly appreciate.

Here are the top categories of cash gifts that couples added to their Guest Funding feature on Eventastic.

  1. Home Reno: A new home doesn’t always mean a new home. Often there are changes to the home the couple has on a wish list and why not add a new kitchen, wood flooring, new deck etc. to your registry.
  2. Experience Gift: Whether a cooking class, fitness membership, photography course…there are always things we would like to learn more about.
  3. Honeymoon: The honeymoon and subsequent excursion trips can be costly. Couples loved having the opportunity to put pictures with descriptions of their plans/wishes and have guests contribute thus making it more affordable.
  4. Vacations: Aside from the honeymoon there are always places we would like to experience. Never been to New York and would love a weekend away? This is a great opportunity to put a picture with description of the place or a site and have guests help you get there.
  5. Funds: Educational funds and retirement funds were top on the list.
  6. Charity: Couples loved having the opportunity to give to a charity of their choice following the wedding

So the answer to the question “Is it ok to ask for money on your wedding registry?”…..ABSOLUTELY!

Eventastic is an online website where you sign in for free and create your own unique wedding themed website/event page using features such as photo and video sharing, guest funding, ticketing & registration plus more. In addition you can add sub-events to your wedding website like pre-wedding parties with all their details. You can even sell tickets to parties like Stag’NDoe right on your event page and share through email or social media channels making event promotion and sales so much easier!

Click here now and start have fun creating yours!

Tips On Working Together On Your Wedding Budget

Adding cash gifting ideas to their Eventastic Weddings website will help with budgeting

You’re having the engagement experience of your dreams to the one person you can’t live without!  Enjoy that feeling and never let it go. It’s not long though before some major planning needs to begin. If you can work together to set up a realistic wedding budget that will work for both of you it will bode well for your future together.

We’ve all seen those reality T.V. programs where one half of the couple seems to be on a different planet than the other. Fabio simply can’t live without arriving at the reception in a helicopter or Rapunzel NEEDS orchids that only bloom for one week of the year in the high cliffs of Gibraltar. Planning and talking about expectations is important at this stage. Love is certainly the key but keeping an eye on the big picture of how you want to start the rest of your life financially doesn’t hurt.

Do you want a large elaborate wedding or a smaller intimate affair for a few friends and family? Be honest and then be practical and look into exactly how much things will cost. Representing the true you doesn’t have to be expensive. Your guests will remember your heart felt vows long after that orchid from Gibraltar has faded away.

Will your parents be helping out? It’s never too early to find out. Sitting down with family on both sides and determining how much help can be expected might be a little difficult but you’ll be glad you did when you start to input actual numbers in your budget. You know your parents better than anyone.  Is it realistic to ask them for anything? Would they prefer you ask them alone or with your fiancé present?  Money can be a really delicate matter to discuss. Be polite but clear. You could say something like…“We’re sitting down to make our wedding budget and were wondering if you would be able to contribute?” Lots of hugs are in order no matter what the answer. It’s not an easy topic!

Are you a couple that already has most everything you need to set up a home together?  If so cash wedding gifts can help pay for the wedding and Eventastic can be invaluable in letting your guests know subtly that money would be appreciated in lieu of gifts.  In the Guest Funding section of your wedding event website you can even let them know specifically what you’ll be using the dollars for.  ie wedding expenses, a down payment on a home, home reno, honeymoon, honeymoon excursions etc. People may even give a little more when they know what the gift will be used toward!

Good luck and remember that the work you put into this first budget together will be a firm foundation for your happy lives to come!

Encore Wedding, Registry or No Registry?

Great gift ideas for an encore wedding

Second Marriage Gift Registry Thoughts

Time and time again I hear engaged couples say, “Oh this is our second marriage so we won’t be having a gift registry… we really don’t need anything”. When I hear that I think “Hogwash!”  Everyone has little or big dreams of things they would like!

Guests want to give you something to help celebrate your nuptials with your fiancé.  That’s what a wedding registry is for; to help guests choose things for you that will be truly appreciated. Guests want to give to you both so why not make it easier for them!

Think Beyond Household Basics

The fact is, that when couples getting married the second time think of a typical wedding gift registry, they think of towels, cutlery, bedding and kitchen supplies as being on a wedding registry. Like most couples who are getting married for the second or more time, they already have all the basics one would normally think of for first time newlyweds. Let’s face it, they probably are looking at having garage sales to get rid of some of their things they’ve accumulated over the years! Who says though, a wedding gift registry has to be made up of the classic wedding gift items that every first time bride and groom have on their list?

Unique new ideas for your second marriage wedding registry!

Check out our categories of gift registry ideas that might inspire you with some gift thoughts you might not have thought of. With Eventastic cash Guest Funding feature option you simply create your event page and add the Guest Funding option to your page. You’ll simply fill in the popup template with the item details and put a picture relevant to what you would appreciate and when the event page is shared, people are given the option to contribute monies toward it. What a great way of adding more expensive gift option ideas and encourage group gifting to make your wish a reality!

  1. Home Renovation – Have you had thoughts of making changes in your home to make it more suitable or endearing for the two of you? Whether it be new floor, cupboards, taking a wall out, deck, you can give guests the opportunity to give towards a home project you’ve got on your to-do list.
  2. Landscaping Changes – You’d love to have a new walkway or patio? The fire-pit area or dock at the cottage has seen better days? Maybe you have your eyes on a new water feature for your yard. All these make for great things that wedding guests could contribute towards.
  3. Travel Ideas – Whether a small bus tour to a winery, boating trip, honeymoon, vacation away, there is usually some place you have on your bucket list that you’ve yet to see. This is a perfect opportunity for others to contribute toward your goal.
  4. Specialty Items – Would you truly appreciate a bottle of wine from a certain vintage? Cohiba Robusto cigars or a humidor? Camus Cognac Cuvee? GPS for the motorcycle? Money for a course you both want to take?
  5. Donations – Do you have a cause you feel connected to? This is a great opportunity to give to something via your guests donating to it in your name right on your wedding event page!

Think outside the box. There are no hard and fast rules in what you can add to your Eventastic Guest Funding! Keep in mind that wedding guests want to share in the excitement of your special day and it is appreciated by guests when you give them ideas of things you both would love.

10 Amazing Features On Your Own Wedding Website

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to begin using Eventastic! It’s fun, helpful and it’s free to sign up! You will have a gorgeous professional looking personalized wedding themed website with amazing technology and multiple features in only a few minutes.

With Eventastic, you have the following features right at your fingertips! Just fill in the template with our easy to follow menu of instructions using the features you choose for your site.  You and your guests will have all your wedding details available in one convenient place.

  1. Cover Photos – Your wedding website allows you to create an amazing cover page with photos of your choice to share with friends, family and guests.
  2. Details – You fill in the specific details of your wedding indicating date, time, venue, reception etc.
  3. Save the Date – Eventastic Weddings offers you a digital invitation option for your ‘Save the Date’, ‘Wedding’ AND all other wedding events, like showers, Stag ‘N Doe’s, bachelorette and bachelor parties, etc.  Guaranteed there is no one that will have the same invite as you with this cool personalized feature!
  4. Universal Gift Registry – What better wedding registry than to be able to add ANY item from ANYWHERE to your gift registry!
  5. Monetary Gift SuggestionsMonetary Gifts – Tactfully ask for cash gifts for your wedding by giving guests the option to contribute on your wedding website to items you are saving for. (i.e. honeymoon, home reno, savings plan etc.) Avoid the worry of envelopes going missing at the reception!
  6. Event Planning – Organize your events like bridal showers, Stag’N Doe and and pre-wedding parties right on your wedding website under ‘Connected Events’, giving guests party details like theme, time, location and RSVP.
  7. Event Ticketing – You may utilize our optional eCommerce feature! Sell tickets to your pre-wedding parties/events right on your wedding website making ticket sales/purchase so much easier! Avoid the costs of printing up tickets and the energy/time of distributing them. (i.e. entry tickets, beverage tickets, etc..)
  8. Photo Sharing – Share your photos with friends, family and guests and have them sorted in specific albums you’ve made. (i.e.. childhood, fun shots, engagement, pre-wedding events etc.) Guests can also upload and share candid snaps on your wedding day. If you choose, you could have them play in a slideshow on the day of by utilizing the photo sharing option.
  9. Video Thank-You’s – A personalized video message from you and your partner to thank guests after an event thus saving you time and money.
  10. Silent Auction Option – You’ll have the opportunity to utilize the silent auction feature on the website if wanting to raise money at a pre-wedding party.

Simply sign in with your email, click “Create an Event” (i.e. Jane and John’s Wedding), and begin following the menu of features you choose to utilize at that time; filling in the templates as you so wish. When you complete your wedding site, you choose whether to have it made public or remain private. If you choose ‘private’ your wedding page will not be viewable on the Eventastic website search. When you are ready to share your wedding website with friends and family simply copy the URL to your page and share via email, Facebook etc…

Update and add information to your wedding website whenever and as often as needed. Have fun making your personal wedding website. We know you’ll enjoy the cost saving features we’ve added to make your wedding planning easier.

Don’t Be Shy With Your Gift Registry!

I recently was invited to a wedding and to my dismay the couple had added not more than 20 items to their gift registry. There were 200 people invited to attend the wedding. You do the math…. there was very little choice for guests to consider and not knowing the couple very well made it even more difficult to shop for something special.

You’re guests will appreciate options!

Whether the couple is wanting wedding gifts or not,  wedding guests will always want to buy the bride and groom a gift to express their happiness with the couple’s decision to marry.  Most times it is difficult for the guests to really know the couple’s likes, needs and wishes. Guests will always appreciate the opportunity to browse a suggested wedding gift list (wedding registry) to make their choice in gift buying easier and know they are buying something that will truly be appreciated.

The average wedding guest list has between 200 and 250 people. Considering the ‘couple factor’ there needs to be at least 125 gifts listed in a wedding registry for this size of attendance in order to be helpful to your guests (and you receiving the gifts). Typically, a wedding guest will spend between $75 – $125 while family members often spend around $150 for a wedding present. Having gift ideas in these price ranges is imperative.  Lower priced items are also a good idea as they give guests the options of doing a combo of presents.  You can also include even higher priced items thus giving guests options of going together with other couples on a gift.

My philosophy is that you can never have too many gift choices on your wedding registry but you can certainly have too few!

Gift categories to inspire you

EventasticWeddings.com has a Universal Gift Registry!I hear brides say all too often at the multitude of wedding shows I’ve attended, “I don’t know what to put on my registry” or “I’m not doing a registry because this is my second marriage and I already have my cutlery and towels”.  You have a ‘Universal Gift Registry” on your Eventastic website. Don’t be shy! Go crazy with your gift registry so guests aren’t at a loss for what to give. While Eventastic wedding themed website gives couples the added features on their wedding website to tactfully request cash for their wedding and donations to charities, you may want to consider these 10 gift categories when adding actual gifts to your registry.

  1. Kitchen – appliances, cappuccino maker, indoor grill etc.
  2. Home – furniture, lighting, decor, cleaning, reno supplies etc.
  3. Garage – organizers, tool chests, power tools, bicycles etc.
  4. Yard – lawnmower, leafblower, trees & shrubbery etc.
  5. Electronics – T.V.’s, projectors, cameras, GPS, stereo etc.
  6. Deck – barbecue, furniture, accessories, pots etc.
  7. Fitness – weights, elliptical, exercise bike, Fitbits etc.
  8. Travel – luggage, clothing steamers etc.
  9. Fun/Hobby – motorcycle accessories, golf gifts, camping supplies etc.
  10. Specialty Items – cigars, liquors, wines etc.

If you are the type of person who prefers shopping and trying out a product before purchasing then the cash gifting option on your wedding website is perfect for some items. On your wedding website on Eventastic Weddings, simply type in the amount you are wishing to receive along with a picture of the gift (like vacation, home reno, fence) and guests can then contribute monies toward that item right on your wedding website thus still giving the guests options for gifting.

Eventastic has made it easy for couples making their wedding themed event page to use the gift registry feature and make lists of gift ideas they would truly appreciate whether it be an actual gift item or monies to put toward something in particular they are wishing for. Guests appreciate being given lots of gift options. It’s a win win for everyone. Check out more of our ideas for your wedding registry on our Pinterest Board entitled ‘Wedding Registry Ideas‘.

Tastefully Include Cash Gifting For Your Wedding

        Let’s face it, while the fertility statue from Fiji that your Mother-in-law is thinking about giving you as a wedding present would be, um, interesting, you’d really rather have the cash.
 
        Eventastic has tons of non-gift related features to make your wedding planning a snap but probably no other single feature will be as useful as the cash gifting option.
 
        As you’ll see , asking for cash gifts is easy and it will be fun & satisfying for your guests.
 

 
     With Eventastic you can choose to have cash gifting in conjunction with a wedding gift registry with items from any store anywhere or you can convert your wedding registry to cash gifts only.  When you set up your cash gift registry, if you wish you can leave a general message to set the tone and also an individual message explaining each cash gift item that you have listed.  This way people will understand each request on a personal level.  If you are having a larger wedding make sure you add a lot of ideas thus giving guests greater choices.  They’ll wish they had an option like this when they got married!
 
      Many couples getting married nowadays are already well set up with household items but they could use a hand with the cost of other things like putting in those hardwood floors or new counter tops.  You could even have guests contributing towards a down payment for your first home together, honeymoon or home renovations.  If this is a second marriage you could put money towards a larger home for your blended family or list a registered educational savings plan for your children’s future!
 
      Cash gifts are a great option for destination weddings where gifts just aren’t practical.  Your guests could contribute towards honeymoon activities like hang gliding, a day at the spa or extending the vacation.  No matter what kind of honeymoon you have planned you can cash out early and use the money for your trip.
 
      If you are feeling particularly blessed consider stating you will give a portion of the cash gifts to a charity that is dear to your heart.
 
      Remember that even if you choose to have a cash only main wedding registry, you can have other individual gift registries on your site for other wedding events like showers.
 
     The possibilities are virtually unlimited and cash given this way could not be more personal.  Your guests will be pleased to know they are giving what you really want, making it a wonderfully meaningful gift.  They will have a real sense of pride and ownership in making your life together the happiest it can be. 
 
    We hope this has been helpful.

Wedding Shower Tips

Wedding showers are some of the most exciting pre-wedding parties that entail gift giving in anticipation for the big day. Wedding showers are usually hosted by friends, family, workmates etc, bringing various groups of people together for fun, nibbles, memories, gift giving and celebrating of the wedding day to come. It is not unusual for there to be multiple showers planned within a couple months of the wedding. There are a few aspects of shower planning that brides can and should be involved in to help with its overall success.
We at Eventastic Weddings have a few tips on wedding showers for you to ponder in terms of preference and then share with your wedding party or those most likely to host.
1. What type of shower do you prefer?
In the past, wedding showers were actually bridal showers where only the bride attended with those throwing/attending the party and the groom/fiance’s job was to arrive at the end and start hauling out all the gifts to the car. Today times have changed and now it is not unusual to have couple’s showers where both attend and enjoy the festivities. It’s a good idea to let your friends and family know your thoughts and preferences whether traditional or not.
2. Do you have a particular theme you wish for?
It is always fun when showers are hosted with a particular theme in mind. Often themes are chosen taking into consideration the bride or couple’s interests and likes or trying to capture a particular mood or feeling. Themes range from “Garden Party” (guests sip on tea or martini’s in a beautiful garden setting) to “Spa Party” (guests enjoy time together having facials or mani/pedi) to “Candy Party” (where every kind of candy is displayed in interesting ways for all to sample) to “Glamour Party” (where each guest is given a colourful boa as they walk the red carpet). If you have a particular theme wish now is the time to share it.
3. What are your thoughts on venue?
Your shower may take place in a beautiful garden either public or private, or be planned in someone’s home or even at the office. It may occur at the retirement home making it easy for grandma to attend or at a hall depending on numbers being invited. If you know of relatives and friends that would want to attend one of your showers but have special requirements because of disability or otherwise now is the time to let those most likely to plan know.
4. Do you have food preferences?
Food for showers sometimes will involve a meal but most often it is an afternoon of great nibbles, both sweet and otherwise. If you totally dislike or have developed allergies/sensitivities for certain foods now is the time to make that known. Shower hosts might ask various people to contribute to a potluck style of gathering or even arrange to have it catered and the last thing you need is hives or upset stomach at the end of the day.
5. What are your thoughts on games?
Shower planners often arrange to have party games played at the shower to keep the mood happy and lively as well as assist everyone in mingling and mixing. There are endless options to be played. Have you heard of the toilet paper bridal gown and veil game? Guests are divided in groups and asked to pick one person from their group to don the wedding ensemble made out of toilet paper. If there is a shower you’ve attended in the past and loved playing a game or found it effective then this is the time to share ..or…if you dislike all games at showers you might want to mention this.
6. Have you started your shower registry?
At this point you have had some time to peruse your free wedding website and no doubt are thrilled with having your universal gift registry option. Any item from anywhere can be added to your wedding registry from surfing the net on your computer AND by using Eventastic Weddings APP downloadable through any APP store for any smartphone. We suggest that you make not only your “Wedding Registry” of items for your guests to see but ALSO one or multiple “Shower Registry” lists. Shower registry items would typically be items that are lower priced or group buy options.

It’s important that your shower planners get your thoughts on these aspects to help in its success. Remember that your shower could be added to your events page to made invites easier and could even have a ticketing option to help pay for some of the costs. (Your planners will love that!)
Have fun uploading all your shower pictures to a “shower album” on your wedding website for everyone to enjoy!

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The Best Gifts are Cash Gifts

Back in the day, marriage meant setting up the new household, and it was expected that  guests would bring gifts during the wedding and bridal showers that would fill up the  newlywed’s home with kitchen ware, bedding and other household items.

Times have changed and so has the needs and requirements of the modern/new age couple. These days the average age of marriage has risen and some are already living together therefore, their household is all set up. Gifts are the last thing they want for their wedding. Who wants to add on to the clutter in the home? The requirement of traditional gifts has been replaced by the need for cash.

Additionally, the gift of money can also be used by the couple for a variety of other purposes. They may use it for putting a down payment, on a house renovations on their house, retirement savings plan or even for a dream honeymoon vacation. In any case, these options are way better than being gifted the second or maybe even the third blender or toaster.

Couples are constantly looking for ways of asking for cash gifts. This is because asking for cash gifts is still considered to be tacky by many guests. Couples who really want cash gifts are apprehensive to ask fearing they will offend some guests.

EventasticWeddings.comIn reality, guests are always happy to give towards what the couple really needs, be it cash. As part of the etiquette, it is essential for the couple to plan and then inform the guests how they plan to spend their cash gifts. Though they will never ask you, guests always like to know how their money will likely be used by the couple, and often will give more when they know what their gift will be contributing towards to.
We have the solution for you! Eventastic Weddings has a cash gifting registry where couples can collect cash gifts right on their wedding website from anywhere in the world. Couples can allocate a dollar amount to specific goals and items that they are saving for, e.g down payment on a house, spa day during the honeymoon, kitchen renovation.

You can easily have an all cash gift wedding by easily converting your wedding registry to an “All Cash” Registry. But don’t worry, you can still add items to your bridal shower registries such as a stand mixer or blender. Your guests can pay with any credit card making it much easier for them and safer for you!  Say goodbye to envelopes going missing at your wedding reception or that awkward desire to receive cash as a gift! Our cash gifting feature is one of the best ways of getting the gifts that you want. We make asking for cash gifts easy and acceptable to everyone. The popularity of cash gifting is increasing by the day

Eventastic Weddings is also a FREE wedding website and universal gift registry where you can register for any item, from any store and it also has many time and money saving features that will help couples plan their wedding. Features such as video save the date/invitations, Thank you videos and event ticketing for your pre-weddings parties (Stag’N’Doe)

Thanks and Happy Wedding Planning!

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