by Shafonne Myers
But what if you could get what you really want: money, to get a house, a bigger apartment or a great honeymoon. Is it appropriate to ask for money as a wedding gift?
Well, traditionally speaking, money is not an appropriate gift. But the question that I ask you, is why not?
Yes, asking for cash as a wedding gift may be considered “tacky.” But what if you could do it in a polite, hip and cool way? There are some cool and innovative ways to incorporate monetary gifts into your special day.
The Money Dance
This can be a great idea. The guests pay a dollar to have a dance with the bride and groom. This is a great way for the couple to interact with guests at the wedding.
The Money Tree
This is a great option because some people really don’t know what to get, especially if they have homes, are coming together, and already have everything. Alternatively, you could use a Money Box.
Increasingly common, this is a wonderful way to get a great honeymoon. A honeymoon is set up by the couple, the guests are informed about the registry the same way as others, by word of mouth. Guests can then go and pay for certain aspects of the honeymoon. They can upgrade the room, add excursions, breakfast in bed, or chocolates and champagne.
Surf for Solutions
There are some great online resources out there for getting monetary gifts for down payments for mortgages. If a couple is in the process of buying a house this is a great idea to help get the down payment together. www.APerfectWeddingGift.com is a Website that allows a couple to register. Guests can then go to the Website and purchase a monetary gift for them. The money goes into an established account for the couple for a down payment.
Another great site is www.BridalDownpayment.com. SunTrust Mortgage also has a bridal registry available.
The main thing to remember is that asking for money or unconventional gifts is not bad, if you are mindful of how you are doing it. Make sure to always ask politely and in the right situations. You should never put any information about registries and wanting cash for gifts in invitations. This should be information that guests get through word of mouth.
Shafonne Myers is Owner of Making Your Event Special, LLC. She has more than five years experience as a professional wedding planner.