Can We Register for Cash?

April 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm 8 comments

No really, can we? Shawn and I have been living together for a little over two years now, and we’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. Stuff we’ve been given, stuff we purchased ourselves, and stuff that just kinda showed up. When we got engaged, we realized that one of the bigger hurdles we’d face was registering for gifts. It’s probably the easiest and most fun part of wedding planning for a lot of people, but since we didn’t really do things in the “right” order, it’s kind of a challenge. Plus, I just get that weird feeling about making a list of gifts I’m “expecting” to get. I don’t expect anything, other than fun and well wishes at our wedding. But, back to my original point…

Here’s the thing – when we bought the condo, we got the necessities, and everything’s holding up pretty well. Now that we’re settled in and thinking longer-term, everything we need doesn’t really fit into the registry category. We are anxious to renovate the bathrooms, we need bedroom furniture (that overturned box as a nightstand is starting to mock me), and we’d like to install a microwave over the stove. Does Home Depot have a wedding registry?

bathroom-renovationNo doubt it’s in poor taste to request cash, but that’s really what we need. I read on Weddingbee about a Honeyfund, a wedding registry alternative where you register for activities (dinners, excursions, hotel fees) that you plan to on your honeymoon. I wish Ethan Allen or Jordan’s had a similar Furniturefund. Maybe I’ll write to them…

Don’t get me wrong, a few of our items could use an upgrade – we’re still using our dishes and towels from college, for example. While we recognize the thought and generosity that goes into buying a wedding gift and would feel incredibly grateful for receiving newer items for our home, there has got to be a tactful way to request financial assistance for other big ticket items. 

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  • 1. Kim G.  |  April 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Have you thought about asking for gift certificates? Since bathroom makeovers and furniture are big ticket items (something no one person is likely to give), I’ve seen couples ask for gift certificates to Jordan’s, or wherever the items they want to buy are being sold, so they can then purchase their dream bedroom set, couch, bathroom sink, etc.

  • 2. Sandra  |  April 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Kim! Gift certificates crossed my mind, but I wasn’t sure if there was a tactful way to request that either… any advice? Getting a gift card to Jordan’s or Home Depot would go REALLY far and we’d be sooo appreciative. I suppose the people that are closest to us probably would be happy to donate a bit toward a larger purchase, I just feel weird requesting it, you know?

  • 3. Kim G.  |  April 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I’d go about it the same way you would let guests know where you registered (in my family it’s word of mouth). To alleviate the weirdness, let folks know why you want a g/c. And if you have a wedding website, post a photo of the furniture you want … or the “before” picture or the room you’ll remodel so guests have a visual of the gift they’re giving.

    As a gift-giver, I’d rather give a couple something they really need than something they’ll toss in the basement. So don’t be afraid to ask! And then let your guests decide what they want to give.

  • 4. Debby  |  April 21, 2009 at 6:01 am

    so you’ve been holding out on me with this blog, huh? I’m like 99% sure Home Depot has a registry, you should check it out!

  • 5. Dan  |  April 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    You mean Shawn didn’t look into this before popping the question??

    Home Depot totally has a wedding registry. I think you have to set it up in a store though–not sure if you can start one online.

  • 6. Sandra  |  April 25, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Dan, I’m so glad you brought this to my attention!! So I was doing a little research, and it looks like online gift registries are not accessible in local Home Depot stores, and vice versa. So if you set it up online, people have to buy the gifts online. Or, if you set it up in the store, people have to buy the gifts in the store. But, the bottom line is that they have one!! It’s PERFECT! Thank you so much for mentioning it!

  • 7. Sandra  |  April 25, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I love that idea of posting a “before” picture of the room we’ll be remodeling – what a great idea (which also means I need to get cracking on that wedding website)! Thanks so much for your thoughts, Kim – you’ve been really helpful!

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