How to avoid getting a slow cooker for your wedding present…

Recently I have been testing out a service called Give.ly, which is a website/service I think could be very cool for Queenstown wedding couples.

Basically the way Give.ly works is this.  Wedding vendors register for Give.ly and add some of their services and products as gifts (usually in the form of add-ons rather than whole packages, to keep the cost down) to a registry.  The vendor then invites the couple getting married to the Give.ly registry they have created and the couple chooses the products or services they would like to receive as gifts.  Give.ly also makes it incredibly easy for couples to share their Give.ly registry page via social media or email (and it even gives you an email template you can use in case you don’t know quite what to say).

Basically what Give.ly does is (1) Make it possible for couples to have the services/products they really wanted for their wedding day but perhaps weren’t quite in the budget, (2) avoid unwanted wedding presents like slow cookers and Ginsu 2000 steak knives and (3) make it easy for your family and friends to get you something they know you will love.

I’m still testing Give.ly out and I will post more feedback when I have spent more time with it.  But in the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Give.ly – what do you think?

Here’s the link to learn a little more about Give.ly – Give.ly for brides and grooms.

Alternatively, if you would like to see how it works first hand send me an email with your name and email address to weddings@fallon.co.nz and I will send you a Give.ly invitation to check it out.

(Note: One limitation with Give.ly at this stage is it only works in US dollars and vendors are forced to pick a US state for their profile page when registering even if they are outside the US.  I entered Alabama and have done a test payment and it seems to work fine even though Give.ly says the service isn’t available outside the US).