A fresh-from-her-honeymoon bride dropped by at our Koskii store recently to check out what’s new.She confessed she’d spent the first few days after her honeymoon just unwrapping a mountain of gifts. Much to the couple’s surprise, the gift wrapped boxes with warm wishes on the tags soon turned into a small pile of wall clocks, drinking glasses of all shapes and sizes, some vases, bed linen and smaller objects that were all a very warm but impractical gesture. The couple had to make choices between duplicates, pass on and even give away a few.
A wedding gift is traditionally meant to mark the special occasion or support the newlyweds as they set up home and transition into a new life. Gifts usually fall into a few categories such as personal accessories; watches and jewellery for instance or financial offerings like gold and money, a combined couple gift or perhaps items for their new home; linen, gadgets, home accessories and sometimes even furniture. However, it is one thing to know people well, and quite another thing to know what they might really want. And that’s where a wedding registry fits in.The idea is pretty simple.
- Register on a site-store of your choice offering a wedding gift registry.
- Choose the things you really like as an individual, want as a couple, or need for your home.
- You create a page, get a registry ID and email the link out to your invitee list.
- Friends and family then have the flexibility to buy out any item on your registry for you, or contribute in part towards something larger or more expensive if their budgets don’t permit the former.
- The store-online portal records the purchase, you get notifications (optional feature) when they do and what you want is shipped to your door on a delivery date of your choice.
The gifts you select to receive can be anything from personal-home accessories to unique experiences and off beat adventures. The most important thing is you get something essential, helpful and meaningful. On the other side, guests don’t need to go scrambling around or racking their brains to think through what you really want. There’s something for every gifting budget too. Win-Win situation for everyone.
Popular gifting site formyshaadi.com shows you how it works and offers three categories of gifts-FOR US, FOR OUR HOME AND FOR OUR 1ST YEAR. Chennai based entrepreneur Kanika Subbiah’s e-commerce venture weddingwishlist.com offers options from kitchen to table, silverware, spa pampering and luxury goods while her other venture Cherrytin.com is a gifting portal for every other occasion in your lives. Upmarket luxury brand Good Earth ships overseas and also offers a Bridal Consultant if required, and the yellowdoorstore.com is now contemplating extending the registry to birthdays, babies and anniversaries too. Check out Fabalong.com and the indiagiftregistry.com while you’re at it.
Passing the word around
While the concept is a social norm in the western world and an expected thing to do, we still tend to shy away from being upfront in India. And though the idea is beginning to gain popularity in India, many sites/stores also offer to email your registry link out for you. If you have created a wedding micro-site, you could also provide a link there or alternatively, you can get the registry details printed on a small card and send it out along with your wedding invitation.
After you’ve enjoyed your wedding and spent quality time with each other on your honeymoon, it is always great to anticipate coming back home and unwrapping all those useful gifts or happy indulgences your friends and loved ones have given you!