Ideas for great wedding gifts

You could put together a list of presents you'd like to receive but with so many couples living together before they get married you may already have all the basic household items.

A wedding gift registry is one way to take the guesswork out of giving. After choosing one or more of their favourite stores the couple normally, assisted by a wedding gift consultant, will put together a list of their preferred options.

Guests can then select the items to buy according to their budget and taste. The gifts are wrapped and delivered. Wedding registries are also, conveniently for your out-of-town guests and overseas relatives, online.

Asking for cash as an alternative to gifts is a topic much talked about recently. General agreement seems to be that it's bad etiquette to ask for money outright although it's gradually becoming more popular. If you do ask for money handle it with extreme care. It could be more acceptable to request contributions if you specify what the cash will be used for, such as a holiday or deposit on a house.

Another alternative is a travel gift register so guests can help towards the costs of a honeymoon. Some travel agencies can arrange the whole thing for you, notifying guests and organising all the travel plans.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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