Wedding Planning

How to Register for Money Gifts Like a Pro

There’s no need to feel uncomfortable about asking for cash.

If you and your spouse-to-be are pretty stocked in the home department, you might be leaning towards a cash registry. We get it. Why overcrowd your house with linen sets, Dutch ovens, and stand mixers you don’t need? Perfect for couples who want to funnel their wedding gifts towards experiences—like honeymoons and home improvement projects—and not things, money-based registries can be incredibly useful. If you’re feeling unsure about how to ask for cash, we’re here to help. We definitely don’t want your concern for registry etiquette to prevent you from creating the registry that works for you. Below, you’ll find three tactful tips that will make registering for cash gifts a breeze.


Be specific about how you’ll use the money.

If you’ll be using your monetary gifts towards a specific project or trip, say so. While your guests know that gifts are a part of the wedding process, they’ll likely want to know where their money is going. Whether you’re saving up to remodel the kitchen or funneling that money towards a massage, hotel, or romantic dinner out on your dream honeymoon, be sure to make your intentions clear on the registry tab of your wedding website.

Offer both cash and a gift registry.

Some guests will just want to buy you a physical gift—so oblige them. (This is often the case with older guests of a more conservative generation!) It’s likely you’ll have a few items on your list of wants or needs, so be sure to provide your traditional attendees with a few options that they’ll feel comfortable with. It’s perfectly fine to register for both “things” and cash!

Don’t mention your registry (of any kind) on the invite.

There’s no need to specify on your invitation that you’ve opted for a cash-gift registry—it’s just not the place to make the announcement. In fact, you don’t have to publicize this at all. Direct guests to your wedding website, where they’ll be able to read up on your registry preferences. If they’re confused, they’ll reach out to someone in your wedding party, your parents, or to you for guidance.