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One of the many tasks involved in planning a wedding is setting up your wedding registry! Since it seems that couples are waiting longer to get married these days, many people are already established in their homes and have all the kitchen gadgets they’ll ever find a use for! So why should you register for a bunch of ‘stuff’ that you don’t actually want or need? Many couples would rather have money towards a honeymoon or a downpayment on their first home together, but how do you ask your guests for cash without sounding crass??

There is a way, I’ve found- thanks to a great site called Deposit a Gift! Their service acts as a traditional gift registry so it’s very simple to use, but it allows you to register for ANYTHING your little heart desires! The possibilities are endless- register for a honeymoon, a downpayment on a house, couples cooking classes, scuba diving lessons, or donation to a charity– you name it! Deposit a Gift also includes a free wedding website and room to list your other registries, for a true one-stop-shop. No shipping. No gift wrap. No need for time-consuming and costly returns!!

Don’t waste time registering just to register– you’ll spend even more time in the customer service department making all those returns to get the cash back. Not to mention if your guests have your gifts shipped to you then they are wasting their money on shipping if you’re just going to return it. If what you REALLY want or need is cash, then be honest about it! Share what you want it for to let your friends and family be part of the fun by contributing to your special goal. A Deposit a Gift registry is a nice compromise because you are still giving guests the registry experience that they expect to shop from, but its filled with things that you actually want instead of things you are going to inevitably return.

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Deposit a Gift is SUPER simple to use! Just create an account and start building your registry. You can watch a cute demonstration video here! Then you can share your site with your family and friends via email, or even put your URL on your Save-the-dates or RSVP card since it also serves as a wedding website with event details about your big day! Then you can log in and see your registry grow as your guests start gifting! :) Read how previous couples used their cash wedding registries to get what they really wanted from their guests!

If you and your fiancé would rather get cash gifts for your big day, I highly recommend checking out Deposit a Gift!

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • Daniella
    • March 5th, 2013

    It would be great to find a comparison of all of the fees associated with the various honeymoon registries…(honey fund, deposit a gift, traveler’s joy, etc) so people can compare the pro’s and con’s of both. Trying to google it now!

    • Julie
    • March 6th, 2013

    Great Site! I actually looked around at a few other sites and while the fees tend to be in the same range, I think what you get from Deposit a Gift is much better, especially in terms of the functionality and look. And the customer service is phenomenal – they’ve both happily helped me set up my site as well as taken gift orders over the phone from some of my more technically challenged guests (i.e. my grandmother, who thought the owner who took her order was the best thing ever).

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