My fiancé and I are both very busy freelancers who, realizing our wedding was only a month away, were feeling very much under pressure to get our registry up online.
Quickly, we started to register at multiple chain stores. However, we found that we were registering at more than five stores and our website was getting over crowded - too many links! Also, it was very important to us getting home furnishings that were handcrafted. However, many sites for these independent businesses didn't have registries set up.
So the issue for us was finding home furnishings we actually wanted in less than five days in chain stores that mostly produced things that we didn't even like (and from far away countries). If not, we would risk getting too many toasters and vases!
Then grace fell upon us - SimpleRegistry! Now we could choose items from small mom and pop shops all around the country without the pressure of finding the perfect item right away. All we had to do was paste a link to the item we wanted on our SimpleRegistry account. From there, SimpleRegistry would immediately find the image associated with the gift. If the gift was over a certain amount, we divided the final total of the gift into portions so friends and family could contribute without breaking the bank.
We knew that if we provided an example of what we were looking for, it would give our relatives enough information to want to buy it for us. Now that the wedding is a few months behind us, we have successfully found and ordered handcrafted items without the pressure of time constraint. We can really think about the color and material and things like that.
Meanwhile, the best part is that we can always use the gifted money from one gift towards another. Now we aren't sitting in a sea of frivolous manufactured things. Rather, we are sitting in a sea of home furnishing dreams!