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Get Fun for Your Wedding with SimpleRegistry

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I dunno about y’all, but I like to make sure that if people are going to give me something, it’s something I want and will really, truly use. Because: Guilt. I have this amazing problem of feeling guilty for not necessarily loving a gift, but hanging on to it nonetheless, which just results in clutter and hoarding and anxiety and … damnit, where’s my whiskey?

All this and the pressure of wedding planning? OOF. Nope. I’d like to have fun, please.

So make things easier on yourself and on your guests and set up a registry that allows you to steer your loved ones toward items or experiences that you’d really like and therefore use. “But Christen,” you say, “Wherever shall I find such a glorious unicorn of registries?”

YOU GUYS. I got this! SimpleRegistry.

Not only is SimpleRegistry super easy to use (I signed up myself. So, for realz.), but you can add pretty much anything: Need a toaster, like classic-style? BOOM. How ’bout tickets for the first Red Sox-Yankees face-off of the season? NAILED IT. Feeling more philanthropic and want to donate your dollaz to the ASPCA (one of the BAB’s charities of choice)? YEAH, THAT TOO.

And you know how that girlfriend of yours is always suggesting different activities or restaurants, just insisting that you’ll loooovvveee it? Well, she can take those ideas and add them as ideas on your SimpleRegistry list and your whole damn bridal party — you know, the ones who have the most fun? — can split that experience to make it one for the ages. Yup, birds, stones, etc. Doesn’t matter. You get to go biking through a vineyard!

Go get your fun on and set up your SimpleRegistry!


Get the Gifts (or Experiences) You Really Want with SimpleRegistry

So, here you are. Ready to dive deep into the world of wedding planning and frothy dresses and parties and cake tastings and registries!

While so many other parts of the whole wedding planning process can be stressful and frustrating and aggravating, the registry is (almost universally) the superfun part. If you are just starting to nest, the registry is where you can delightfully request all the fun kitchen and home gadgets you need. Or need. If you have your nest built and are looking more for experiences to share or nest eggs, the registry is where you can hint at that, too.

And so often you have to set up different registries — one (or more!) for the stuff, one for the dollaz, one for the experiences. That’s a lot of registries, yo!

BUT. SimpleRegistry takes all headache away and lets you keep it simple (schtoopid). Duh. You set up one site (fully customizable!), add images of things you want — or scan barcodes with the mobile app — and then you wait. Cackling is optional.

And it’s not just simple for you and your beloved: Your homies and family can split those big-ticket items (oh, hai awesome dinner experience). And if you’re more of a “I’m just going to ask for salt and pepper shakers” kinda gal because you don’t want anyone to go to any trouble, then your more assertive friends can pony up suggestions for your registry. SimpleRegistry also helps keep everything in check to make writing those “thank-you” notes uber easy, too, because trust me, after your wedding, you are going to have trouble remembering your name, much less who got you the tea set.

But the best part? It’s FREE to set up and there’s a teensy 5% fee at checkout that either you and yours pay (taken off the top of the gift) or your guest pays (added to their total).

So, ask yourself, what do you really want? Got it figured out? Now go ask for it!

*Brought to you by our friends at SimpleRegistry

Enough with the Toasters! Get the Gift of Stability with a Present Value Registry

Hey there, newbie BABs! Welcome to the party! Amid the piles of tulle and yummy cake tastings lies the golden nugget of fun that is your wedding registry. For some of you, this will be the chance for you and your honey to start your cohabitation off on a shiny new foot. For others, those of you who are already well-familiar with bodily functions, smelly socks, and morning cups of coffee in bed, building your bridal registry can be tough, since you are fairly stocked when it comes to household goodies.

Regardless of which camp you fall in, Present Value is a wedding registry you’ll definitely want to set up. Beyond standard cash registries that can go toward vacations or experiences, Present Value registries focus on your financial future. From house downpayments to debt reduction, college funds to investment portfolios, your wedding guests can give you a little peace of mind.

While scanning for new fine china or that killer KitchenAid stand mixer (in turquoise!) is always fun, Present Value knows the real value of planning for your new life together. The registry site has a clear and concise interface that you can personalize with a welcoming note and a photo of you and your other half and the whole experience is completely free – for both you and your guests. No fees are incurred and there is no charge to set up your Present Value registry.

While new goodies are great, a little financial freedom and stability go a long way. So whether you’re decking out your casa or planning a honeymoon of a lifetime, give your guests the opportunity to help you plan for your future. Because as any BAB knows: Every cent counts.

Note: This post was brought to you by our friends at Present Value.

Ask Liz: Wedding Tradition Breaks & How To Swing Them

Wedding Registry -- Wine Glasses

Hi Liz,

My fiance and I will be married next year. We’ve been living together for a few years in a large metro area and have been working on making our rental our home. We feel we don’t really need the traditional items for a registry, and, not to sound greedy, we would really rather have money for a down payment for a home. I’ve heard of down payment registries before, but I don’t know how to present this to family and friends. I would love to know your thoughts on this!


Mortgage Minded

Dear Mortgage,

Oh, we are big fans of the cash registry around here. And, seriously, more couples are living together before they get married, so less couples need plates and kitchenware. Deposit A Gift, Hatch My House, Our Wishing Well, and other websites are available to help you out with this. As far as letting people know after you’ve registered, I’ve found that a two-pronged attack works. Get a free wedding website and put a link to your registry on there. And then, put a note in your invitations with the link to your website. Keep it as the only option, be enthusiastic about it, but remember to promote, as opposed to recruit. More “we’re asking” less, “can you/do you want to … ?” Which means, no signs or prodding on your actual wedding day. As with a “traditional” registry, you get what you get, and you remember to say “Thank You!”

Dear Liz,

I am getting married next April and I am very excited. My fiance and I are still in college and we are a very laid-back couple (on a budget!) so we thought it would be perfect to have a nacho bar for our reception however, everyone around us thinks that a nacho bar is too informal and a little tacky and that we should opt for a more formal sit down dinner. We really like the nacho bar idea but I don’t want to take away from the importance of our day. Help!


Nacho Problem

Dear Nacho,

Having more “informal” catering, like a taco bar, or a food truck, is becoming a really popular way to save some cash on your wedding day. I say load up on the Shout wipes and go for it, especially if you feel that it reflects who the two of you are as a couple. But, you can also “formalize” other aspects of your reception, too. Serve it all on real plates, with real silverware and real cloth napkins, centerpieces at each table. Add anything else that feels like a wedding to you, or anyone else whose opinion you care about. Pinterest, has a slew of  cool – and pretty – examples. Show those to the doubters, too.

What’s been your experience with registering for cash? Are you having a food truck wedding, or have you been to one? Pretty cool, huh? Or not. Let us know in the comments below!

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See you at the end of the aisle,


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Asking for cash is never easy, but now there’s no reason to be dissuaded from getting the green you REALLY want. If you’re building a wedding registry, and you suddenly realize that you’d much prefer the gift of CASH to the gift of MORE STUFF, we feel you. And so does Deposit a Gift. Deposit a Gift gives you the best gift of all – flexibility! Don’t “register just to register” – create a cash wedding registry that allows your guests to contribute towards the things that really matter – whether that’s a down payment on a home, paying off your student loans, funding your honeymoon, or creating a newlywed nest egg.

Deposit a Gift works the same way as a traditional guest registry, only it allows you to register for ANYTHING. Choose from a database of items, or upload a pre-made registry list!  Guests can select a gift at their desired price point, and pay for it via Deposit a Gift – only they’re not actually buying the gift themselves, they’re giving you the cash to do so, and the freedom to cash out and pay for gifts or services whenever you decide! Deposit a Gift allows for unlimited FREE cash-outs, via direct deposit to your checking account. And did we mention it’s the only wedding registry site that provides you with a FREE wedding website?

Already wed? Use Deposit a Gift for fundraising, party-planning, or baby registries! Deposit a Gift is completely user-friendly – just watch these short n’ sweet instructional videos on how to create a registry and give a gift using Deposit a Gift. We’re all about this fabulous new cash registry site,  and so are spending savvy newlyweds everywhere! Just read a few (or all 25 pages of) their over-the-moon testimonials from real brides and grooms! And check out this cute sample registry, below!