When Wedding Republic first launched I spoke with a lovely lady at a networking event for wedding professionals. I told her about what we do (a cash wedding registry where couples can add anything and guests contribute cash towards what you really want) her reaction was: “Where the he** were you 3 years ago when I got married!?”
The she then began her toaster story. A story that details how she wound up with four (yep… 4!) toasters for her wedding. Here’s what happened:
Like many Canadian brides, she went to the first store that came to mind, and set up a wedding registry with The Bay. Similar to Macy’s if you’re reading this from a little further south
Included on that registry was a toaster. And one of her guests bought it for them.
The groom had an aunt that lived in New York. A cool, urban, very chic aunt who bought them the most amazing toaster ever. Totally hardcore. It toasted to perfection. And it also poached eggs. The aunt couldn’t make the wedding, but had the toaster shipped to her.
Remember Toaster #1 that was purchased from the registry? It seems there was a glitch in the tracking system and it was still appearing as available for purchase. So another guest bought the same toaster. This time it was taken off the registry.
Before Toaster #3 was purchased, another guests was browsing the registry and realized “hey, I can get the same toaster cheaper somewhere else!” – Genius (insert sarcastic smirk). No doubt they were feeling pretty good about their choice, but unfortunately it meant that this poor lady (whose name I cannot remember for the life of me – if you happen to read this, let me know!) and her fiancé ended up with four toasters.
The couple returned all of them except the toaster from their aunt, partly because it was logistically easier and party because it was way cooler than the toaster they originally included on their registry.
The moral of the story? You never know what unsolicited gifts you’re going to get, so be sure to put some thought into setting up your registry.
Our suggestion? Avoid the pain-in-the-a** aftermath of having to return “stuff” and consider a cash registry. Create one where you can show guests what you really want.
Because we know it’s not about the cash. It’s about the means to build the kind of future you really want.