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Register for Your Future with Shareswell

Monday, September 8th, 2014


As any engaged couple quickly discovers, weddings are expensive. Ever wish there was a way you could register for your financial future instead of another set of matching monogrammed towels? Meet Shareswell. The secure stock gifting site makes it quick and easy for couples to register for stocks, without ever having to leave the comfort of home. Simply create a registry of selected stocks, use a brokerage account to facilitate the trades, and then share your unique Shareswell URL with family and friends or post it to your wedding website.

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Setting up a Shareswell registry is free and you can use an existing brokerage account or open a new one to register for securities. The only fees involved are the credit card processing fees (2.9% + $0.55 per transaction), which gift givers pay at checkout. Your wedding guests can select stocks from your registry to purchase as well as add a gift message. If gift givers can’t find a couple’s registry, they also have the option to send a stock gift through Shareswell Give.

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When a gift is purchased, you’ll receive a gift notification e-mail with details about the purchase, and the cash value of the gift (net of processing fees) is transferred into your brokerage account. Once the funds clear, you can use the funds to purchase stocks listed on your registry.

A Shareswell registry is a great way for newlyweds to start saving for the future — whether you want to save for a down-payment on your first home, add to that nest egg, or simply pair it with a more traditional gift registry. Hey, maybe you’ll need towels for that first home, too!

What types of stocks would you add to your wedding registry? Let us know in the comment section below.


Gifted Grooms: Home Depot’s Lithium Ion Tool Collection

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Let’s be honest, grooms tend to get the short end of the wedding gift stick. It’s nothing personal against them, it’s just the way weddings have been done since the dawn of time. This is why we’ve partnered with The Home Depot to showcase some top gifts ideas for guys that make great additions to a wedding wish list — specifically their stellar Lithium Ion tool collection.

Lithium Ion technology started in power tools in the home improvement sector and now crosses into categories like outdoor power, paint and flooring. The battery’s technology provides customers with a number of advantages over traditional NiCad battery-powered tools. As new husbands work on those inevitable “honey-do” lists, The Home Depot has them covered with Lithium Ion tools to start or enhance their growing tool collection in their man caves or garages. We recently had the honor of taking one lucky couple (Brandon & Diana) on a Home Depot store walk to learn about what specific tools are great to have when starting a marriage.

Soon-to-be newlyweds Brandon & Diana getting ready for our Home Depot Store walk.

Our store walk was led by Luke, who happens to be one of Home Depot’s most knowledgeable – and interesting – tool experts. He explained to us that Lithium Ion batteries produce a consistent charge throughout the life of the battery, can be charged many more times than other batteries and are not damaged by leaving the charger on too long. The batteries are also light, allowing for smaller, more powerful outdoor and power tools.  A true win-win.

Brandon and our store walk guide, Luke.

We asked Luke what his top suggestions were for grooms looking to build a tool collection from scratch. His response started and stopped with the Ryobi ONE+ system. Features include versatility, value and performance for DIYers  on a budget. The Home Depot conveniently has over 50 Ryobi products that are compatible with the ONE+ system. Drills, saws, outdoor power tools, and other types of tools all use the ONE+ batteries. Below is a sampling of some of the gifts that Brandon and I picked out during the store walk.

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Tools from Home Depot’s Ryobi One Plus Lithium Ion collection. From left to right: cordless drill kit, paint sprayer & hedge trimmer

Now, I know what you’re thinking: how can I get in on some of this Lithium Ion fun? The answer is to enter our giveaway below. We’re giving away a special Lithium Ion gift from Home Depot.  You can receive one entry per day by answering a question about one of your upcoming household projects. You can also receive two additional entries by following us on Twitter. The contest will run from October 15 through October 22nd.

The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as us to help promote their Lithium Ion power tool collection. As part of this promotion, we received compensation for our time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The giveaway winner will be chosen by random and prize fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

Forget The Toaster. Get What You Really Want With A Cash Wedding Registry

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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The Scenario

You’re getting married and it’s time to set up your wedding registry. Be honest, do you really want a toaster? Didn’t think so. And that crystal punch bowl? Probably not. Maybe you’re living together and already have the traditional gifts… or maybe you just don’t want more stuff.

The Dilemma

What you really want is cash for your wedding. But how do you ask for it without sounding… well, greedy.

The Solution

Enter Wedding Republic – and online cash wedding registry, providing couples with a way to get what they really want while keeping things convenient, fun and meaningful for guests.

Fresh on the heels of a redesign, Wedding Republic now offers a sleek new look giving couples the tools to create a beautiful registry that their guests will love.

The best part?  All of the same features that couples loved are even better.

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Sample Wedding Republic Registry

A Totally Customizable Gift List

Choose from a great list of gift ideas or add your own to your registry. Get creative! From your honeymoon to your house down payments – nothing is off limits.

Wine Tasting vs. Toaster

For the couple that has enough “stuff”, Wedding Republic is the perfect solution. Register for scuba diving lessons or a wine tasting.  This is more then just a gift list; it’s an expression of your personalities, your likes and your wants.

Hot Tub vs. Crystal Punch Bowl

With Wedding Republic’s signature puzzle piece feature, you can add expensive gifts (hot tub anyone?) and break them apart into affordable puzzle pieces. Chipping in on a big, expensive gift will be fun and easy your wedding guests.

Convenient and Flexible

Set up your gift registry in minutes and once you’re ready, guests can make their contribution online, from the comfort of their own home. This means no unnecessary trips to the store, returns or exchanges for anyone.

Change your mind? No problem! Since you redeem the cash value of your wedding registry, you can use the funds as you see fit.

One-On-One Attention

In addition to the new look, you’ll have a wedding registry consultant who can help with anything you need. Have questions about your registry or wedding registry etiquette? Just ask the experts!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Wedding Republic today create your wedding registry; it’s free to try!

Are you using an online-only wedding registry? A cash registry? Let us know how you feel about these options vs. traditional registries by leaving a comment below.

Cash in with Zankyou’s Cash Wedding Registry

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Looking for today’s best cash wedding registry service? There’s really only one answer—Zankyou. With an online cash gift wedding registry and free wedding website, Zankyou is the best option for  today’s modern couples. Here are five reasons why you should choose Zankyou  for your cash wedding registry.

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1. Your registry set up in 5 minutes! There are no limitations on what you can register for. Your registry is your ultimate wish list –With Zankyou’s easy to use four gift ideas, you can create your own customized registry in minutes. You can pick from traditional, modern, eesign and experiences or mix and match to create your own perfect wedding wish list!

2. Lowest Rates. You get the cash equivalent of the gift contributions to your bank account so you can take the cash or buy the actual gift when you’re ready. At only 2.85% per gift, Zankyou’s rates are among THE LOWEST on the market. If guests decide to cover the cost of the surcharge, then the registry is ABSOLUTELY FREE for you!

3. Guests Love it!!! Zankyou is present in over 17 countries and  8 languages! Guests will able to view your wedding registry in their preferred language. Zankyou’s international payment gateway ensures your guests can make payment wherever they are. It also saves your guests valuable time from going store to store or seeing if their gift has been shipped. No need for them to carry that big toaster around they picked for you.

4. Perfect for Honeymoons. Use Zankyou to collect contributions towards your trip. Receive the contributions in your bank account and use the money before you go, while you’re away or when you come back. Wherever you go in the world, Zankyou’s gift list let’s you display your honeymoon on a map so you can share your planned experiences with your guests in a fun and interactive way.

5. Best Choice for International Weddings. Our online customer service is supported by a multilingual team in each countries throughout North & South America and all over Europe. Your guests can call us with any inquiries or even make payments over the phone. Wherever you are marrying, you can access your account and your guests can make last minute contributions.

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Guys: Be a Registry Boss

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

It’s always exciting to hear about new supplemental wedding registries hitting the market. Today’s guest contributor just so happens to be the founder of one of these companies. His start-up, Foodie Registry, allows couples to register for restaurant gift certificates. We really dig the concept and hope you will to. Take it away, Ben.
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Congratulations on getting engaged! You’re the man. Now let me tell you what happens between now and your wedding date. A series of expensive decisions will be made about every single facet of your big day. And while your loving fiancee will seek your input and appear on the surface to run a very democratic decision-making process, in reality your measly opinion will matter very little and, even more importantly, you won’t really care!

Cream linens instead of white? Great! Kelly green instead of emerald for one of your wedding colors? Sure honey! Photobooth instead of portrait photographer? That’s what I was thinking too!

Don’t get me wrong. You should definitely care about your wedding…it will be the best day of your life. It’s just that the little details will matter soooo much more to her than most of them will to you, so you’ll go along to make her happy. Which is exactly what a good guy like you should do.  And, there are some decisions that you will for sure have a distinct position on.

Full bar or just beer and wine? FULL BAR! WE MUST HAVE A FULL BAR!

See what I mean? Another area where you should man up and have a voice is your registries. The reason? Unlike most of the wedding decisions, which are things you have to live with for one blurred, whirlwind day, your registry decides things that are a bit more permanent. Things that will clutter your house or apartment and, if you’re not careful, turn it into a bonified chick pad.

One solution is to make sure you pay close attention what she’s aiming that scan gun at and veto any gross violations, but another is to steer your girl toward registries that are more your speed. Most couples end up with around 3 registries these days. Leave all registry decisions up to her?  Enjoy your new matching pink towels and your new mango pitter.

This is why we’re such big proponents of alternative (to department store) registries. The Man Registry itself offers an awesome selection of unique gifts that appeal both sexes (and some that are just for you!). My company Foodie Registry lets wedding couples register for gift certificates to awesome restaurants. And there are a lot more options, from honeymoon registries to charity registries to adventure registries and more. The main thing is to make sure you research the options, see what appeals, and throw some alternatives in the mix. You’ll be happy you did.

Ben Reid is co-founder of Foodie Registry, a wedding registry for gift certificates to the best restaurants in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Denver. You can connect further with him on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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