Happy Wednesday loves, we're that much closer to the weekend - though my weekend won't be much of a break as I'll be working and then flying back down to Melbourne to work. I can't complain, being a Freelance Writer and Social Media Manager is the best possible career I could ask for.
So, onto the topic of today! A few weeks ago I went along to the Bridal Expo in Sydney and... let's be honest.. while it's brilliant to see all of these fabulous ideas you could use in your wedding, few of them are able to fit into the average Bride's budget - I imagine they spend a fortune to be at those expos and their prices definitely match up.
One idea I did see that I am seriously considering is the Matrimoney Account from Community First Credit Union. Why it stood out to me was, because unlike everything else related to weddings, it doesn't cost a thing!
No fees for you, no fees for your guest - just a simple $2 account set up fee that is returned to you when you close the account.
I know it sounds unbelievable - but I've checked into it and it's 100% true.
Rather than having a wishing well or box for cards and money/gift certificates/whatever, you set up your Matrimoney Wedding Bank Account with a picture of what you're saving for - and your guests can deposit money into the account.
This saves having to have someone watch over the chest/wishing well/box throughout the reception and it means that your guests don't have to carry money around - definitely something interstate guests wouldn't want to do.
When you sign up for a Matrimoney account, Community first also send you cards to pop into your invitations - letting your guests know that you have an account set up and how they can deposit any money and another card which guests can pop into a card, letting you know that they've made a deposit into your Matrimoney account.
For Jesse and I, this makes sense. We're starting our new lives together completely from scratch so of course we are going to need money for a lot of necessities. It also makes it far easier and safer than a "wishing well wedding" and means that your guests can simply transfer money online - even if you have guests that can't make it to the wedding, but still want to send something.
So tell me - what's your opinion of money as gifts?
I think it's definitely a tricky situation - a lot of times for birthdays/Christmases I prefer to give a personalised gift, however, for weddings giving money makes complete sense to me - and it's so much better than a gift certificate for a store that you will never use!