Our wedding paved the way for me to learn about the concept of bridal registries, and frankly, whoever thought of this idea is brilliant!
Gift Registry conveniently let us choose the gifts we want that agree to the budget of our guests, while letting the guests still choose to give "cash" or other gifts. Having a Gift Registry ensures that no same gift items is repeated, or in case of repeated items, we can exchange them for store credits and get the ones not bought for us.
I chose SM Bridal Registry (over Ayala Mall and Rustans) because SM has many stores nationwide. I set up our registry online as Mhe-anne & Raymond Nuptial with GR Code 0009-021136, and made our gift list from Sta.Mesa, Sta. Rosa and Bacoor, Cavite SM branches. The staff of these SM Branches are very helpful, and accommodating as we chose our gifts. A staff accompany us, take a picture of the gifts we liked and upload them online within 24 hours. We were given Registry Cards that fit perfectly inside our wedding invitation.
How It Works:
When guest is in SM Branch to purchase something for us, the guests proceed to the SM Bridal Gift Registry Section and present the card we included in our wedding invitation (or simply give our names and GR Code). The SM Gift Registry staff provides them with the list of our choices / gift lists. Once the guests have made their choice (from among our list), the staff brings the gift to them and wraps it for free. Also the guests are given a 10% discount for regular items and credit the SM Advantage points both to the guests and our card. The guest could also choose to have the gift delivered to our registered address.
This is what our bestman, Franco Advincula & his wife Minnie have done. They purchased us a gift at SM Megamall and we got a text message from SM Registry staff informing us about it.
What we got from the SM Gift Registry:
We got a handful of gifts from our wishlist and those are what we really like and were thrilled to see them when we opened the gifts! We love the Tornado Mop (from Richard & Ionie Baquiran), Kyowa Electric Convection Oven (from Mayor Tony and Cindy Carolino), Kyowa Induction Cooker (from Atty. Bogs & Bubbles Caingat), Turbo Swirl White Westinghouse Ceiling Fan (from Cong. Lawrence & Therese Fortun), King Size 4-piece Canadian Linen bed sheet (from Atty. Doug & Janice McAllister), Kyowa Blender (from Grace & Alex Capitulo), Hosh 10-piece dinner set (from my bridesmaid Tes Calingacion), and Hosh 20-piece dinner set (from my good friend Grace Gannaban). Super thank you everyone for your thoughtful gifts!
For the cash gifts that we received, we will be using them to buy those gifts in our wishlist that were not bought for us! Another convenience brought about by having a Gift Registry!