You want your wedding day to be everything you’ve imagined. But are you and your fiancée financially prepared for what comes after the big day?
The average wedding cost in 2017 was about $33,400, according to wedding planning site The Knot. That’s not even including the honeymoon!
It’s hard to begin a lifetime of wedded bliss in serious debt. After spending a small fortune to ensure everyone has a good time on your special day, you may want to think about asking for more practical wedding gifts.
It’s not like you can say, “we really would just like cash,” without it getting awkward.
Or maybe not?
Who says your gift registry has to be a wok, toaster oven or fine china? Here are a few creative ways to begin your life together on a positive financial note.
Honeymoon Registry: Want to go on a fabulous vacation getaway but the wedding drained your savings? Ask guests to cover part of your honeymoon, whether it’s the hotel, airline tickets, an experience like couples massage or outdoor adventures. Sites like Honeyfund.com make it easy for guests to decide which part of the trip they’d like to gift.
Crowdfunding Registry: Maybe you need to raise funds for a down payment on a home, remodel your bathroom or purchase tickets to a ballgame. At sites like Zola.com, DepositAGift.com or Blueprint.com, you can create a campaign for whatever it is you desire. Guests can feel good about giving.
Gift Card Registry: Let’s say you prefer to have the flexibility of having gift cards instead of picking and choosing items with a traditional gift registry. It’s easy with CardAvenue.com. Wedding guests can purchase gift cards you select for your registry from hundreds of national retail stores like Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Home Depot, Target, Amazon, Whole Foods and even Southwest Airlines. It’s a great option for those guests who don’t feel right about giving “just cash.”
Wine or Craft Beer Subscription: This option is perfect for the couple who loves wine or craft beers and wants to stay fully stocked from sites like Acmewines.com.