CHOOS­ING A GIFT REGISTRY, WISH­ING WELL OR DO­NA­TION

Help guests choose the per­fect gift by spec­i­fy­ing your needs

Mackay and Whitsundays Wedding Guide - - Contents -

GUESTS want to pass on their best wishes to the bride and groom and usu­ally do that in the form of a gift but how do you make sure that gift is some­thing you need or don’t al­ready have?

That is where gift reg­istries come in. Gift reg­istries al­low cou­ples to list what they want and need.

There are many registry ser­vices avail­able through de­part­ment stores, ser­vices such as Ama­zon­wish List and more.

2017 TRENDS IN GIFT REG­ISTRIES

Out­door equip­ment: Aus­tralians love spend­ing time out­side. Portable grilling equip­ment and bar­be­cues are some of the most pop­u­lar gifts at the mo­ment. Retro ap­pli­ances: Ev­ery­one likes hav­ing ap­pli­ances that are pleas­ing to look at. Retro ap­pli­ances can make a great gift. Food and wine: From wine sub­scrip­tions to ways to serve cheese, any­thing food and wine-re­lated is easy and al­ways a win. Ex­pe­ri­ences: This could in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties or sports the cou­ple wouldn’t usu­ally take part in. Ex­pe­ri­ences could in­clude a spa day, race car driv­ing, hot air bal­loon ride or cook­ing class. Wish­ing well: Of­ten peo­ple might pre­fer a gift of money to help with the cost of a hon­ey­moon or house de­posit. Have a wish­ing well set up in the reception area where peo­ple can place in cards and cash. In­clud­ing a short poem about why you are hav­ing a wish­ing well can be a good way to get peo­ple to do­nate. You can find heaps by Googling wed­ding wish­ing well po­ems. Char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions: Some­times peo­ple have ev­ery­thing they need and want to make a dif­fer­ence in the world. Cre­ate a list of char­i­ties you sup­port and ask your guests to do­nate to them in­stead of giv­ing you a gift.

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