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Back in the day, couples got married super young and living together before marriage, well, that was frowned upon (to say the least). But, it’s a brave new world and according to a recent study, the average person in the US is waiting until age 34 to tie the knot. It just makes sense. You’ve had time to build your career, to discover who you are as an individual, and to become a full-on adult. Most couples these days also move in long before the wedding bells chime, and some before one of them pops the question. Because so many couples already have a home together, they already have most of the household must-haves from the wedding registries of yore. So, the question becomes, what should you register for? Thankfully, the registry game has changed with the times and we’re here to say that group gifting is the best thing to happen to wedding registries! It allows couples to register for vacations, experiences, and big-ticket items and guests can contribute to these funds instead of gifting one or two physical items off of a traditional registry. Here are a few of our favorite registries that allow group gifting and why we’re so obsessed.
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You’ve probably heard of them before or bought something for a friend off of this registry. They have their own store and you can add items from other stores or existing registries. But, our favorite feature is the cash fund option. Couples can request cash gifts for different experiences or travel and guests can contribute any amount to that fund. This is a perfect way to offset your honeymoon costs.
Set up like an interior design sketch, we love the visual aspect of the Blueprint registry. It allows you to click on different items in each room of your home and suggests items that fall into that category. This is the perfect registry if you don’t know where to start. It also allows you to enable group gifting so multiple guests can contribute to any item on the registry.
One of the most popular registries now allows group gifting! You simply activate the group gifting feature when you add an item to your registry. Guests can contribute to the fund and the couple is given an e-gift card towards the purchase. The beauty of this system is that you can use the e-gift card to purchase anything on Amazon, so if you change your mind or don’t have the full amount for one of your group gift items, the funds don’t go to waste and you’re not obligated to come up with the balance.
In addition to the household basics like kitchen tech and dishware, Crate & Barrel has an incredible selection of furniture and decor. So, if you already have all of the necessities, consider registering for that sofa you’ve always wanted or an epic chandelier, and be sure to activate the group gifting feature on those big-ticket items.
With everything from kitchen gadgets to bedding and drapery, Bed Bath & Beyond is a classic wedding registry. They now offer group gifting for any item over $100 and guests can contribute as little or as much to each of those items as they’d like. The funds are then given to the couple as a store credit that can be used to purchase those items as well as any other items on the registry or wherever Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards are accepted.
One of the most versatile registries, couples registering at Target can opt-in for group gifting on items over $100. Couples are given a Target e-gift card that can be redeemed on anything at Target, which includes clothing, groceries, electronics, and so much more!
If you can’t decide on a single registry, this is the perfect option for you because you can have it all! No, really, you can register for literally any item from any store. Most items need to be purchased individually, but group gifting is allowed for cash funds that can be customized to fit your needs, like a honeymoon or date night fund.
Did you know you could register at Wayfair? You totally can, and it’s a great way to furnish your new home or revamp your current one. Register for everything from furniture to decor and enable group gifting so guests can contribute to these pricier items. We love the flexibility of this registry! Once an item has been fully funded, couples can either schedule the delivery or can change their mind completely and turn the funds into an e-gift card to use on anything else on Wayfair that they like. If an item is not fully funded, couples can pay the remaining balance or use the funds towards the purchase of something else.