WHEN Dee Why couple Michelle and Jay, exchange vows at the end of this month, they wont be expecting to receive gifts such as toasters, cutlery or linen. The soon to be newlyweds are among a growing number of couples who are asking for cash gifts instead of traditional wedding presents.
In modern times where many people have been living together and marrying later, couples are now asking for cash to pay for anything from the honeymoon to a deposit on a house. Gift registries such as OurWishingWell.com allow wedding guests to contribute to household items, experiences and even to help pay for the wedding itself.
Michelle said "Jay and I have had so much fun choosing our gifts and being able to personalise the pictures to match. We get a real buzz at seeing our guests purchase some of our more unusual gifts and we are really looking forward to shopping for our new puppy.. It seems to be the gift of choice."
Cash wishing wells can be a practical solution for today's bride and groom, but it is a touchy subject. Although it is considered desirable for couples to register for a long list of gifts from a particular store - supposedly as a convenience for the couple and their guests - asking for cash or hinting at the option of giving cash is often seen as inappropriate.
OurWishingWell.com makes it easy for the bride and groom to ask for cash. The site allows couples to create a list of gifts that guests can contribute to - so guests know that their money is going to be well-spent on a special gift or experience they have selected.
Joe Renzi, CEO of OurWishingWell.com said "An increasing number of people seem willing to contribute to registries like OurWishingWell.com where couples can list items that they would like their guests to contribute to - gifts that are often too expensive for one guest to purchase".
He added "As society has changed our needs as newlyweds have changed. The realistic thing to do is to help them in the next stage of life, which is likely to be buying a house, a new pet or going on a honeymoon. The couple will appreciate gifts they select as a new couple more than another toaster."
OurWishingWell.com supports all major currencies and is available to hosts and guests at any time - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The site is safe, secure and free to create and customise your own personal registry or wishing well.