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Money Wrapped in a BowRegistering for gifts is a traditional task many couples take on when planning their weddings. While it has been the norm for many years, younger generations are shying away from this trend for a number of reasons. If you’re not particularly interested in creating a wish list of items for your own nuptials, then you may want to seek out the most popular alternatives. Whether you’re not looking for material goods or you feel there are others who could benefit more from some goodwill, these options can provide some new perspectives on wedding gifts. 

Ask for Experiences

One of the biggest changes that has happened between generations is a departure from the traditional way of looking at gifts. Material goods seem to have less meaning for Millennials and members of Gen Z alike. Since these groups cover everyone from teenagers to those about to hit their 40s, you might be counted among those who would rather have an experience than a physical object. Whether you’re looking to travel more, visit historic landmarks, spend time in nature, or try a new hobby, your wedding is a great way to get assistance. 

Common examples of presents that fall into this category include actual experience gifts like cooking classes or tickets to a concert or event, as well as presents that are connected to enjoying such experiences. This means luggage, camping gear, proper attire, and other small items can be requested from your guests, giving some the option of purchasing more traditional presents for the wedding.

Ask for Donations

Recent years have unearthed huge societal inequities in a number of nations. In the United States, for example, studies have suggested that homeless populations are rising despite the nation containing more than enough potential dwellings for citizens to live. Since countless individuals are struggling to make ends meet, you may want to use your wedding as a chance to help those who may not be as fortunate as you. From asking guests to make a charitable donation to a specific organization or purchasing actual items for a local shelter, there are many ways to benefit others with your event.

Some couples ask for guests to make a charitable donation in the name of the newlyweds, but don’t feel as if this is a hard rule you must follow. For many, the point is the donation and not the credit.

Ask for Support

Throwing a wedding is a big expense. Even if you’re receiving assistance from loved ones, you may find that you’ll be entering married life feeling strapped for cash. To alleviate the stress that this can bring, consider asking for money. Though plenty of guests will give cash in lieu of a physical gift, you can encourage this on your invitation or wedding website by using the right language. Plenty of people feel awkward asking for money directly, so simply stating “cash gifts encouraged” or something to this effect can be an easy and appropriate way to bite the bullet. 

Ask for Nothing

At the end of the day, some people don’t want anything from their guests but for them to arrive and have a good time. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with flatly stating that you don’t need your friends and family to bring presents. Some may disregard this and give you gifts anyway. Presents can encourage good luck and act as tokens of sentimental affection, so don’t be upset with anyone who decides to forego your wishes. Tell your guests not to bring gifts and accept whatever is delivered to you with a gracious enthusiasm. 

The trend of asking for a list of gifts might be fading as members of younger generations marry in higher numbers, but there are still plenty of alternatives being explored. Find the right fit for your comfort levels and put your focus back on the more pressing components of your big day.

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