More and more, I am asked by brides if saying a couple would like money for their gifts is acceptable. I recently received a shower invite that stated where they were registered and then stated, any cash will be used to purchase their wedding china. Seeing that, I was happy to give a cash gift. I say, why wouldn’t you tell your guests what you really wanted? Most would value the savings in time to shop, wrap and ship your gift when you think about it.
Another way to do this is Deposit a Gift, a gift registry website that is for cash gifts. This is a fun website and one of the nicest I have seen to do this. For a fee of 7.5% (roughly what tax would be, and you choose who pays the fee – giver or receipient) this website allows you to set up an account and get gifts which, when received, can be cashed out. I see this as a refreshing way to “register” and there is not the hassle of how to transport all the gifts.
Good luck with deciding on your registry plans! Remember with cash gifts – very few returns necessary!