The wedding industry has undergone an intense transformation in only a decade. We have changed how we source for vendors, let guests know about impending nuptials and how we register for gifts. The evolution of communication has managed to not only change the way we plan weddings but also shifted cultural wedding norms. This has never been more evident than the rise, and acceptance, of cash gift registries.
It started with online resources for brides and grooms and then before long honeymoon registries followed. We can attribute this cultural shift to couples living together before marriage and couples waiting until later to marry and acquiring their own residences prior to walking down the aisle.
Therefore, more and more engaged couples have taken to using digital means to steer guests to their wedding registry. This includes a large number of cash registries. This is possibly the largest transformation in wedding culture. Even as recently as a few years ago it was considered distasteful to let guests know you prefer cash. Now, depending on how you inform guests, no one will bat an eye.
Chances are if you have been invited to a wedding in the past year or two, you have sent a cash gift to the happy bride and groom. The most popular way for couples to highlight their cash needs is by demonstrating what they will use the funds to purchase. The popular explanations are for a honeymoon, a mortgage, a renovation and more. Additionally, guests are becoming more aware of possibly inconveniencing the couple by purchasing a gift and taking it to the wedding.
Be aware though, if you register for a cash gift registry, be sure to make copies of the checks or the equivalent financial proof to prove that the funds are a wedding gift. Do this from the moment you set up your registry. We are fans of opening a joint bank account for wedding funds only. Do not use this account for anything else. That way, you can have a record of your cash wedding gifts.
Cash wedding registries are fast becoming part of the wedding establishment. This is because the way we live has changed dramatically which has ushered in the rise of the cash wedding registry. The Internet age has caused a near total adoption of at least one digital method by engaged couples. Welcome to the future!