Creating Wedding Registries
My fiancee and I have very different views on creating gift registries for our wedding. My fiancee has the much more traditional view - enjoy your opportunity to get swept up in the "money is no object" experience and scan in everything that looks remotely exciting.
To her credit I don't think she has gone overboard by any means, but I think very differently. As we go through the store at look at items I try and put as much effort in ever decision to scan as I would if the money was coming out of my own pocket. I look for the value in consideration of the cost of the item as well as its relative cost compared to the item at different stores.
Naturally this quickly created a heated conflict when we went to create our first gift registry. I challenged almost everything she wanted to scan into the registry. She got so frustrated because the experience turned from a happy joyful experience to the normal practical pain in the rear purchase process. We left the store frustrated and angry with each other.
After some reflection I concluded it wasn't worth pissing her off and ruining the experience for her especially since it wasn't even our money. After all she wasn't going crazy -- she was only adding the "normal" things on the gift registry. Our second store registry was a much better experience. I only protested a few items and we both enjoyed the experience.
Now I realize why "cash" is a much better gift than one from the gift registry.
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