Our friends told us that marriage was bliss, but it felt more like chaos when we realized that we had three months to plan our wedding. With ninety days between the proposal and the vows, every aspect of our wedding had to be streamlined.
On top of the wedding, Rob was commissioning in the Air Force two days after our wedding and we had orders to move halfway across the country soon after that. Planning a wedding is bad enough, but planning a wedding and moving to a new city is beyond stressful. We were so busy stamping invitation cards and getting everyone fitted for tuxes and bridesmaid dresses, we didn’t even think about setting up a registry until people kept asking us about it.
We looked at every other registry on the market and none of them worked. The department store registries required our dispersed family members to inconveniently travel to big box stores and other online registries weren’t user-friendly enough for some of our less technically-adept relatives. SimpleRegistry was the perfect combination of comprehensiveness and convenience – fast for us to set up and easy for others to use. It even let us add a picture slideshow and leave a message for all visitors, which was an extra touch that we loved.
Once we set up the registry (which took no time at all!), SimpleRegistry kept proving its worth. Because all the gifts turned into cash, we didn’t have to worry about storage before the big move. Things were much more difficult with the guests who ignored our registry and gave us, collectively, four toasters, two microwaves, and three rice pots. If only everyone had paid attention to the registry!
After the wedding, we were recovering from the honeymoon and dealing with movers and house hunting and had even less time than we had before the wedding. However, SimpleRegistry helped us out again by making it painless and easy to send thank you cards to everyone who bought us something.
It’s been eight months since the wedding and we’re settled into our new lives – including a family addition that’s due in August. Looking back on the stress of the wedding and the move, it's telling to realize that we created our happiest memories when we forgot about all the wedding planning and enjoyed the fleeting, insignificant moments – waking up my maid of honor to talk about how she was doing her hair, or figuring out what hairstyle my dog should wear to the wedding.
SimpleRegistry saved us time from wedding planning and gave us the opportunity to experience these tiny flashes of joy that stitched the tapestry of our first year. And for that, it was the perfect tool for our wedding. To anyone else trying to avoid wedding stress and looking to focus on the simple happiness of this moment, we can’t recommend this service enough.