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
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.
- Kitchen – appliances, cappuccino maker, indoor grill etc.
- Home – furniture, lighting, decor, cleaning, reno supplies etc.
- Garage – organizers, tool chests, power tools, bicycles etc.
- Yard – lawnmower, leafblower, trees & shrubbery etc.
- Electronics – T.V.’s, projectors, cameras, GPS, stereo etc.
- Deck – barbecue, furniture, accessories, pots etc.
- Fitness – weights, elliptical, exercise bike, Fitbits etc.
- Travel – luggage, clothing steamers etc.
- Fun/Hobby – motorcycle accessories, golf gifts, camping supplies etc.
- 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‘.