If you're like most modern couples, you're probably already stocked with the living essentials (read: you don't need a dinner set or a kitchen kettle).
What you'd really appreciate? Some funds to put toward your future. And also, some non-cringe wording to share this preference. And thankfully, we've got your back on one of those fronts.
Firstly, here's a brief history on the rise of money as a wedding gift.
Why do people ask for cash as a wedding gift?
To bring you up to speed, let's first take you back.
Wedding gifting has gone through a signficant evolution over the last 60 years. In many parts of the world, giving money as a gift to the new couple is stock-standard. But for most Western countries, couples traditionally "registered" for pots, pans and all the domestic trimmings at major department stores.
It made sense... during an era when it was rare to live together before marriage or throughout a time when you wed at a young age.
But times have done what they do best: changed. And now, we typically live with our betrothed prior to tying the knot and subsequently have the essential homewares covered.
In response, along came the rise of the "wishing well" - a decorative box or basket designed for guests to pop a card filled with cash inside. And while still prevalent, this style of wedding gifting is slowly slipping down the popularity ranks due to the somewhat transactional nature of the whole exchange.
Not only does it feel a bit uncomfortable to just give straight-up dollar bills, it's also an inconvenience. In a largely cashless society, the mad dash to an ATM 10 minutes before the wedding kicks off is never a good time.
The rise in digital wishing wells
As we turn to the digital world to solve all of our problems (or at least a good portion of them), so too has wedding gifting revolutionised. And it's not just the convenience factor that makes digital wedding registries popular - in fact, we'd argue that's just a cherry on top.
The real power in using a digital wishing well or wedding registry is the ability to communicate what you'll use those gift funds for. By allowing your guests to actively contribute toward a honeymoon fund or a new lounge or a puppy or your IVF journey, you make the gifting experience more personal.
And the data shows that there's another byproduct: an increase of up to 30% more in gift-funds given. The reason? Guests don't feel the pressure to withdraw money in a rush and they also explicitly understand what you'll use the money for which makes people more inclined to be generous.