The Polite New Way to “Register” for Cash: WeddingRepublic.com

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We hear it all the time: To-be-weds often wonder if it’s okay to ask their guests for money instead of traditional wedding gifts. (Problem is, it can feel rude to say “Please write us a check.”) New registry website WeddingRepublic.com is trying to make that conversation a little easier — brides and grooms can start a wishlist through the site, asking for guests to chip in on a house down payment, romantic dinners, or whatever else they may want. After the wedding, couples can close their registry and cash in their chunk of change.

We get it — because so many couples live together (and go shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond together) long before they get the chance to register for luxurious towels, sometimes a little cash to spend as you please can seem more valuable than a second blender. But make sure your guests know that they’ll be charged an additional service fee (4.5 percent) along with their gift.

What do you think? Do you prefer cash over wedding gifts? Would you use WeddingRepublic.com to make it happen?

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