Adam and I had always dreamed about taking trip to Europe. I had never been abroad and with our busy schedules (he just graduated from medical school and I'm in law school), it was hard for us to ever find the time or money to plan our trip. After our wedding, we each had two free months so we decided to use deposit a gift as our only wedding registry to fund our honeymoon. We planned a month long vacation to Paris, Barcelona, Florence, and Rome.
At first, we were a little nervous that our guests wouldn't trust a cash registry or just wouldn't get it and would buy us vacuums and towels instead! But, deposit a gift's website is so great - it explains in detail how secure it is and how everything works. It's easy to use and the majority of our guests used it to buy us gifts. For us, it seemed to be more polite than simply asking for cash and it allowed our guests to feel involved in our trip. It was also very easy for them! Our guests loved the option to print out a "gift certificate" and may of them included that in their cards for us.
Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing and it wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been funded in part by our registry. We have no regrets about choosing a "non-tranditional" registry. Towels or household items get old and have to be replaced anyways -- but our memories from our honeymoon will last a lifetime. I've already recommend Deposit a Gift to several engaged friends to help them plan a honeymoon or save for a house. If you're on the fence about doing a non-traditional registry, I encourage you to just go for it! It's easy for you (no time spent picking out items for a registry) and your guests....and gives you the freedom after the wedding to use the money for whatever you are dreaming of!
I am so happy we chose DAG, and have been thrilled with the experience from beginning to end. The site is easy to use, and allows you to set it up the way you want, and to make additions and changes as you wish. We had a really big guestlist for our wedding, with a number of people travelling a long way to come - and I think they really appreciated being able to give us gifts this way. It's also nicer than giving cash, because they can submit to actual things that you want - including contributing to bigger dreams! We really found that people were FAR more interested in contributing to our dream honeymoon, or more luxurious for-us things than for practical things - and I think it gave them a great deal of enjoyment to do so. It was great that we could make withdrawals anytime we wanted, and then a final cashout at the end - and all withdrawals were processed quickly and were hassle-free. But what really stood out for me was the personal touch. I got a hand-written welcome card when I joined, and a hand-written signature of thanks or congratulations on every withdrawal. In a time when lots of things - especially online transactions - can be so impersonal, I really loved this touch. It may be silly, but I felt like Dana was actually excited for us, too. Thank you, Dana!
Congratulations to all who have a wonderful occasion upcoming, and please feel assured that Deposit a Gift is a great service that's both trouble-free for the registrant, and welcome for the gift-giver.
Deposit a Gift worked out great for our situation. Antony is from New Zealand and I am from Texas, I think that about says it all. We were having a big wedding in Texas but I was moving to New Zealand. Stand Mixers and China sets do not travel very easily...shipping boxes to NZ is very costly. We looked into online registries in NZ but the options were very limited and very costly. But with a large wedding we didn't want to blatantly say "give us money" so we opted for DAG. They still get to "go shopping" for a gift for us, but from our registry of items we need...which was extensive, we were starting a home completely from scratch. We also were concerned if we had asked for monetary gifts that at our wedding there would have been a box sitting by the front door full of envelopes of money from our sweet guests just asking to get stolen. We didn't want someone to have the burden of looking after it the entire wedding, DAG alleviated that problem. Plus this way they can give with out worry and they can use a credit card if they need to as well ;) So all in all the experience was great. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially international couples. :)