Can you believe I've waited this long to talk about registering? Well, it took a while for us to actually decide how we were going to do the whole gift thing. Here are the facts:
1. A large percentage of the guests will have to travel from out of town. Doing this alone is a major expense and a big gift in itself. If it's a present or guest type of thing, guests will win out every time.
2. I'm going to keep it real and admit that I don't want people to overpay for any of the items that are on traditional registries. Honestly, I'd rather buy a set of pots myself at a discount store, with a coupon, or on clearance.
3. And the big decision-maker: I don't feel comfortable telling people what to do with their money. I don't want to make them feel like they need to buy things off of a list and I don't want to flat-out tell them that they can't give me anything...
So, we're going to do something a little different. Instead of creating a registry, we're going to let our friends and family know that we'll be happy without any gifts, but suggest an alternate way of showing some love with money. If anyone asks or checks the registry portion of our website, they'll get a link to our charity fundraising page for a fall bike ride.
Cycling, running, and triathlons are kinda our "thing" so we thought doing a charity ride would be a good way to avoid a registry, fundraise money for cancer research, and incorporate a little more "us" into the whole thing.
*photo taken on a charity ride we did together two years ago*
Since I'm a needy blogger, I of course have a couple more questions to ask of you all:
1. How should I word the donation suggestion on my website? I want it to seem more like a suggestion and not a request.
2. How much should my fundraising goal be? The minimum is $250 per rider, but I don't want to pick a number that is too high and, again, make it look like I'm telling people what to do.