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When it comes to registering for wedding gifts, we're asked the same question all the time: Can't we just ask for cash? For couples who already co-habitate—or have lived on their own long enough to have all the appliances and bath towels they could possibly need—it's a completely legitimate query. But there's something about adding "cash gifts preferred" to your invites that just feels, well, wrong.
For the bride whose priority is saving up for a gorgeous place to keep all the fabulous homewares she already owns, consider registering with Hatch My House. This online service allows guests to "purchase" everything from roofing to windows to table lamps with the understanding that their monetary gifts will go toward a future down payment, home renovation, or home decor. (In other words, no one is actually buying the roof over your head—they're just symbolically purchasing a part of your new pad.) The variety of "items" available for purchase allows you to offer guests a wide range of price points and also adds to the feeling that their gift is meaningful, personal, and an investment in your future.
Not saving for a home? Browse wedding registry ideas here.