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How to Create a Universal Gift Registry for your Wedding

There is this tradition that when a couple in love decides to get married, those attending the wedding to witness the joyous occasion, want to express their happiness for the couple by gifting them something. Somewhere back in time, someone (and I’m sure if they were living would want me to state their name; but I can’t… so I won’t) came up with the idea of the couple having a list of gift ideas to be shared with the wedding guests so the gifts they received would be what they needed and wanted. This ‘list‘ was called a ‘Wedding Registry‘.

The ‘Universal Gift Registry’

Over time the Wedding Registry concept was adopted by large department stores where couples could go to the store and make a list of items from that particular store which they would like to receive for their wedding.  Guests then were told about the store Registry and they could go and choose an item to buy off the list ensuring the couple would be happy with their wedding present. While seemingly flawless, this method did have its downfalls as brides and grooms wanted to have a large enough list for guests to browse but often didn’t want to add all their gift choices from one store and subsequently were adding random items just to fill the list. Many times they were gift options that the couple really didn’t want or need. Sometimes couples would make registries at various stores but that too became time consuming for both the couple and their guests.

Enter the ‘Universal Gift Registry‘! A ‘Universal Gift Registry’ allows the couple to make one list of gift wish items. ANY item, from ANY store, ANYWHERE to be shared with their wedding guests! There are no restrictions. Eventastic.com has developed a Universal Gift Registry on their Free Wedding Themed Website that they offer all couples getting married. Couples are able to add any gift ideas to the gift registry section of the event:

  1. Simply create a free account with Eventastic.com
  2. Click to create an event, name your party/event (i.e. Work Wedding Shower), choose a theme (which provides you suggested default cover photos for your invite)
  3. By clicking and adding features in the side menu you create your event and add a gift registry to that event.  They may then
  4. Add any items seen by filling in the item details in the template provided.

So whether at home surfing the net and seeing something you would like as a gift, or out and about, you can easily add as many gifts as you’d like to your wedding gift registry; ensuring they are all gifts that are truly wanted and/or needed.

Eventastic also gives couples the option of having multiple gift registries on their wedding website. Varying gift ideas of varying cost points for wedding showers and other pre-wedding events may be added to different pre-wedding events created on their Eventastic account.

Guests are invited by the couple to go on their wedding website link, view the actual wedding event page with gift registry as well as connected pre-wedding party event pages with gift registries listed and choose an item they wish to purchase.

Eventastic.com recognizes that couples find monetary gifts very helpful and have provided them the option of having a Cash Gifting/Guest Gifting section to their wedding website. The bride and groom are able to tactfully ask for money contributions towards any items they are saving towards whether they be honeymoon, vacations, RRSP’s, home reno’s, child education funds, charity donations etc…

We are very pleased to be able to offer engaged couples the newest technology for weddings and serve their wedding registry needs.

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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‘.

5 Wedding Registry Tips for the Groom ensuring all bases are covered!

So often it’s the bride that takes over many of the wedding detail decisions.  Sometimes it’s because she wants to have it her way and sometimes it’s because the fiancé is just not that interested in colour options, cutlery and flower choices.

Well, if there is one thing the groom needs to be involved with it is the wedding registry!  We do wedding trade shows all over the world and we hear over and over again from brides and grooms that there is nothing better than when both get involved with the wedding registry choices because both often come from a different mindset as to what the couple will need to begin their lives together.

The bride will often have endless ideas of what the couple will need for inside the home, like kitchen gadgets, glassware & small appliances, bedding, vacuum cleaner and even bigger appliances.  The groom often will think of needs for the couple that will be generally for outdoor use which are handy, useful and cool to have.

We’ve come up with 5 Wedding Registry Category Tip Ideas for Grooms to make sure your Wedding Registry bases are covered.

  1. Yard Supplies – You’ll most likely benefit from having a trusty state of the art leaf blower & lawnmower as well as any gardening tools like shovel, rake, wheelbarrow and edger to name a few.
  2. BBQ Supplies – Check out what the latest gadgets are for your BBQ like a light that fits your handle, grill scrapers, BBQ utensils and even an actual BBQ if you’re in need or a tailgater version for weekend camping dates.
  3. Tools – Even if you’re both not the handiest with a hammer, there are certain home tools you should always have on hand. A brand new tool kit covering all the basics is always handy and make sure to add any drills, sanders and even workbench to your registry list.
  4. Vehicle Needs – Anything car or truck related that you just don’t have the money to put in to right now but you sure would benefit from having – new wiper blades, trailer hitch, floor mats, box liner, charger, stereo etc…
  5. Home Renovation Needs – Maybe you can see that updating a few things in the home is beyond a want but has become a need…or maybe it would make it more comfortable and enjoyable.  Home Renos can be costly so why not add your new hardwood floor or kitchen countertop to your registry.

We at Eventastic hope these 5 category suggestions will help you round out your Wedding Registry with items you will need for both inside and outside your home.  Guests want to buy you gifts that you both truly need and want.  Now is the time to be sharing those ideas with others by both of you adding your wishes to your Wedding Registry. Have fun and be creative.

Happy adding to their Wedding Registry

6 Easy Steps to Create and Manage a Pre-Wedding Party

Whether a surprise or not, your Stag & Doe pre-wedding party will be much easier to plan & manage when using  Eventastic.com! With amazing video technology and cool picture & ticket sales capabilities, the invites will be a snap!

Here are 6 easy steps to create and manage your pre-wedding party.

  1. Sign in to Eventastic and click ‘Create an Event‘ in the toolbar of your website and fill in the name of your event like ‘Stag and Doe’. Identify the category/theme of party you are creating. Click ‘Continue’ and you’re ready to begin planning.
  2. As the organizer you will view your event template page where you have access to a menu of features. Use the default suggested photos as the invite cover photos or add your own that will appear on the cover of your invite, fill in the event details, add an Icon photo (might be a photo of the couple or themed to your event), add an agenda if wanting to share various activities throughout the event.
  3. The Ticketing feature listed in the menu gives you the option of selling tickets for your event online making it so simple for people to buy tickets whether for attendance, drinks, etc.
  4. With Eventastic you have the option of selling any merchandise for your event like specially made t-shirts etc. which allows you to know how much of anything you should have available at the event.
  5. Decide if you would like the option of donations given to a charity of your choice and or gifts of cash toward something the couple is saving for in the guest gifting section of the page. It’s simple and easy for guests to contribute this way even if they are unable to attend the event.
  6. Consider adding a video to your event page making your invite personal and fun.

You’re Done! Simply direct everyone to your website event page by copying and pasting your page URL to email, Facebook etc.

Here’s to a successful fun pre-wedding party! Cheers!

Working on their wedding website

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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Wedding Guest List Tips for You

         Hi there! So it’s time for you and your fiancé to sit down and begin discussing your wedding guest list. This is an exciting moment as you will talk about who will have the great fortune to attend and witness the most wonderful day EVER! 

         While exciting, this moment sometimes can be stressful as you go through the multitudes of names and realize that you just won’t be able to invite everyone.  We at Eventastic Weddings have some tips to help you through this process.  We hope this will be helpful. 

1. Remember Your Budget 

    You and your fiancé have hopefully already discussed your wedding budget and if not it is time to do so. Once you establish that monetary number and incorporate things like costs for ceremony, reception, attire, rings, flowers, music, photography, transportation, honeymoon etc. it is easier to narrow down how many people you can afford to have at the dinner/reception.  Sometimes couples end up rethinking the costs of some of the other cost categories in order to be able to invite the number of guests they truly want in attendance. 

 

2.  Guest List Spreadsheet

     It is so helpful to have a spreadsheet with categories such as Name, Address, Email, Invite Sent, RSVP, Total #Attendees, #Children, Category(bride,groom,work,friends), Events (pre-wedding parties), Priority(A/B), Seating(#table at reception), Food Choice and Gift.  Start by listing everyone on the bride’s side, then fiancé’s side, then friends and work etc. to keep it organized and easier to manage.

 

3.  Parents Wishes

     Always discuss the wedding guest list with your respective parents.  Parents will always want some of their closest friends in attendance to help celebrate your big day.  Also, mom and dad will usually remember relatives that you haven’t seen in awhile and may have forgotten to add to the list but MUST be at the wedding.  Sometimes mom & dad will chip in on costs if numbers are over and above what you can afford.

 

4.  Children

     Discussion around whether you will have children at your wedding reception is a must.  Talk around potential child attendees, ages, behaviours, venue etc. can all play a part in whether you will allow your cousin to bring her quintuplets.  Remember it’s your day and your choice. 

 

5.  Prioritize

     When filling out your spreadsheet, having a “Priority” category is very helpful. Putting an “A” for essential family members,”B” for extended family and “C” for colleagues & friends will help to narrow down the numbers at a later date if necessary.

 

6.  Be Considerate

     Remember that people can sometimes have very strong feelings around who they would like to attend the wedding.  It is important that while you try to keep the numbers manageable you be considerate of your fiancés and parents’ wishes.  Making a point of telling everyone in the beginning that while you would love to invite the Queen of England if just won’t be possible to have everyone there.

 

     

           

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Too many toasters? How to register for gifts that you REALLY want.

How we took a tradition, and introduced it to technology.

Once upon a time, big box gift registries were great for young couples who were leaving their parents’ home for the first time where they needed toasters, bedding, towels along with every other house essentials. With restricted products at these big box stores, like Sears, The Bay or more upscale Holt Renfrew offered everything newly engaged couples desired. But now, with couples marrying later and often living together beforehand, their need for home essentials has diminished.

Many couples dread picking out items for the gift registry. Couples already spent years accumulating housewares and appliances. Nor do they want to register for a cup-and-saucer or a china set.  Approximately 70% of engaged couples have been living together for a few years before getting married.

Cute_Puppy_DogThere must be a solution for a couples wanting a gift registry! Well there is! Eventastic Weddings, has a universal gift registry, where couples can register for any item, from any store, ANYWHERE! Yes now you can register for a snow blower, a stereo system, a ladder, items from Harley Davidson, even a puppy! . Anything! Yes it’s that easy.

One of the popular features of Eventastic Weddings website is the cash gifting registry, where guests can contribute to big ticket items and goals that couples are working towards to. Whether that’s a $20,000 custom-designed kitchen renovation or $4,000 dream honeymoon vacation, guests can contribute to those items right on their wedding website. Using a smartphone or a tool bar button (like Pinterest) you can simply snap a picture or scan a product barcode and the item will go directly to your online gift registry on your own personal wedding website. You can either download a mobile app and scan items when you are out and about, or sit in the comfort of your home and add to your registry.

Even if your wedding is a year away, its never to early to start registering for your wedding.

Oh and did I mention the best part! Its FREE to sign up!

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com 

 

Happy Wedding Planning!

Are you thinking of an unusual place to get married?

EventasticWeddings.comOne of the most important aspects of your wedding is choosing a location. You ask yourself the typical questions… Where is the ceremony going to be? Should we have a destination wedding? What type of venue should we go with? Decisions, decisions decisions!  Have you ever thought about thinking outside the box of the typical wedding locations?

Think about some of you and your fiancé’s favorite places to visit or a great memory you both share at a specific place e.g Are you baseball fans? Get married at a field. Was your first date at an amusement park? Have your ceremony by your favorite roller coaster ride.  Are you both animal lovers? Get married at the Zoo! There are more options than you think…you just have to step outside of the conventional wedding box!

Remember however,  sometimes picking an unusual place to get married means that some of your guests will not be able to attend.  Eventastic Weddings has this awesome photo sharing feature that allows guests who cannot attend still feel as if they are part of your wedding. Your guests can easily upload with any smartphone and share candid snaps from your big day! How amazing is that!

Check out www.eventasticweddings.com for more information about this great photo sharing feature as well as other awesome features!

Happy Wedding Planning!

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