Gift Giving as a Form of Art: A Guide to Wedding Registries with Greek Flavor

While many cultures all around the world enjoy celebrating the happiness of the newlyweds by giving them presents, their nature, as well as customs linked to them, may vary greatly. For example, taking its roots in the US, wedding registries have been gaining pace recently and are becoming more popular worldwide.

If your clients wish to register for gifts in Greece, it might be worthwhile exploring the potential options.

But first things first, a bit of terminology.

Generally, a wedding registry is a service provided by a website or retail store that assists engaged couples in the communication of gift preferences to wedding guests. This means the bride and groom have a good chance of receiving items they actually want as opposed to the third multipurpose blender that would just end up collecting dust in their new home. While in some cultures such bluntness would be considered as lacking taste, the world is becoming more globalized, and both the couples and their guests start recognizing the beauty and convenience of such a tradition.

In Greece, wedding registries are not yet ubiquitously widespread. However, that does not mean registering would be impossible should the bride and groom opt for such a feature.

Here are just a few rules of thumb to make the process as easy as possible:

1. The first step would be to speak about the possibility of registering for gifts. Perhaps, spending some time discussing why such an option could be beneficial is a worthwhile investment of both time and effort.

2. In case the future spouses decided in favor of the registry, the next step would be to discuss the gift options. In Greece, it is not uncommon to gift anything home-related, from cookware to bedding, from pieces of furniture to plants and decorations. Unlocking the couple’s imagination could prove a fruitful technique at this step!

3. Once the list of potential gifts is decided, it is time to look for an easily accessible store that would fulfill the bride’s and groom’s most daring wishes! This could be a time-consuming procedure since registries are not that widespread in Greece and some vendors may find it difficult to understand what is being requested of them. But fret not, we have got you covered! As your partners in Greece, we are happy to do that for you and make sure that the couple’s registering process is hassle-free and as pleasant as possible.

4. If the bride and groom feel like they would rather steer clear of the registry, for the time being, discuss other options with them, such as how to ask people for money instead of gifts, or maybe even set up a charity instead of receiving presents!

Overall, even though registry may look like a somewhat foreign idea to many couples, it may still be a great option for others! If this is the case, all that is needed is to find the appropriate vendor, taking into consideration the future newlyweds’ preferences. Thankfully, there are many options to choose from and we will be happy to give you a hand with that!

Cover Photo Courtesy: George Liopetas