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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Mar. 7, 2003 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- To make sure they don't receive multiple toasters, can openers and muffin pans, engaged couples have become savvy in using gift registry lists offered by stores in their area and online. But what do they do when the gift they want is money to put toward their honeymoon, a down payment on a house or new bedroom furniture?

To just come out and request money as a wedding gift is the most challenging etiquette issue involved in planning a wedding. As a solution, there are some easy and fun ways couples can let guests know what they'd really like for their wedding gift. has these suggestions:

1. Get the word out to family and close friends. Many wedding guests will turn to parents, siblings and members of the wedding party to determine a gift for the couple. That's a perfect opportunity to let them politely know money is at the top of the list. It's also a good idea to share how the money is going to be used. Whether it is going towards the honeymoon or new bedroom furniture, guests will appreciate knowing how their contribution will be used.

2. Include a note with the invitation. While this one is a little more tricky, it can be tastefully done when the couple will be purchasing a specific item. Be sure that it is on a separate note card and not printed directly on the invitation. You can then very politely mention the couple are saving for a down payment on a house and would appreciate their guests contribution. You might also specify a contact person they can call if they have questions.

3. Open a registry account. With the trend toward second weddings and couples getting married later in life, companies have designed online registry accounts like These accounts allow guests to send monetary gifts to help purchase one larger gift the couple really wants or needs. For example, Gift Puzzle's site will put a picture of the gift on a custom puzzle. Guests go online and select a piece of the puzzle for a cash contribution and then bring their piece to the reception to re-assemble the puzzle, one piece at a time. Registry accounts are a nice way to avoid the awkwardness of asking for money and guests don't have to worry about what to give.

Remember, despite a couple's best efforts to suggest cash as a gift, some guests may find it too impersonal and will still choose to give you those meat forks and muffin pans. Just smile, politely say thank you and make sure to follow up with a written thank-you note.

Headquartered in Los Gatos, California, Gift Puzzle is providing a fun and unique way of allowing people to combine individual monetary gifts towards one larger gift. Gift Puzzle's online service provides a custom picture puzzle representing the event host's desired gift. Guests, through a contribution, select a puzzle piece(s) to bring with them to build the puzzle at the celebration, revealing the desired gift, one piece at a time. The company will focus on four services initially including weddings, graduations, anniversaries and coming-of-age events. More information can be found at


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