Why we should not be embarrassed to ask for cash as a wedding gift

Many people see cash as a totally inappropriate gift for the wedding. Its an important topic to discuss, therefore, because it needn’t cause any unease when suggested in the right way. First, guests may not be fully aware of the couple’s tastes and secondly, it’s a busy world and not everyone can spend ages finding the best gift. In the past, gifts were traditionally given for the couple to place in their house as a decorative addition or useful item for the cupboards. Nowadays, people are happier to break with tradition and consider other options.

Many traditionalists do not welcome the idea of giving money as a gift, they treat cash as a social faux pas. They like the memories associated with gifts. One might look back at it in 50 years and be happy with the fact that someone took the time to choose and give it as a unique gift. However, we need to realise the fact that many couples now prefer to receive cash to put towards larger purchases, holidays or house deposits. According to a survey based on 1,000 couples, 44% of couples prefer guests to give cash. 29% would opt for personally chosen gifts and only 12% choose a registry.

The results from the survey were explained as follows:

Couples are marrying later in life, funding the wedding themselves.

Many couples are already living together and already have a house full of the stuff they need to decorate or run it. For them, cash would be a better investment as they begin their married life.

Cash has a number of benefits, such as being used to help pay off the mortgagees and to spend money on any children in the household.

So guests should think in a realistic manner what would be better for the couple and whether they would benefit more from cash to use for their honeymoon or to add to a fund for a better life. So it’s time to challenge the traditions and think how you can wish the couple well, while putting aside your own gift-buying preferences.

In addition to benefitting the couple, presenting cash can also make the guests feel good. It can be more convenient to give money, it can be safer to transfer funds to the couple’s bank, rather than transporting expensive gifts across the country and you can even enjoy special offers on other Community First products, for example home loans, credit cards and travel insurance for the honeymoon.


How to organise your Wardrobe

It’s so annoying to see a messed up wardrobe. An organised wardrobe, on the other hand, gives a feeling of supreme accomplishment and satisfaction.

However well-intentioned you might be, your wardrobe will inevitably get messed up, especiallyat the change of a season. Many people wardrobes are a mash up of autumn, winter and spring clothing, all jostling for room inside.

Keeping too many clothes in your wardrobe makes it difficult to find the garment of your choice every morning. Eventually, things hit crisis point and you end up feeling like you have nothing to wear.

Here are some tips to arrange your wardrobe.

Allow plenty of time

Sorting out your wardrobe is not an easy job, so do not forget to allocate at least two hours to the task. Secondly, never arrange your wardrobe in bit and pieces; you actually need to tackle everything at the same time to get your job done properly.

Empty your wardrobe

Start by taking everything out of your wardrobe and throwing all your things on your bed. Make several piles to see what is going back in and what needs to be stored elsewhere, sold or recycled. Now, work through each pile in a systematic manner and see what you need to make your priority.

Clothes usage and condition

Place new and good condition clothes that you wear often in the middle and front of your wardrobe, so that you can pick them out whenever you need them. Make a separate section for party dresses, wedding dresses and formal wear. Be ruthless. If you love a party dress, but it is worn out, let it go and try to sell it on if you can. If it is still in a good enough condition for you to get more wear out of it somewhere new, then place it somewhere nearer the back, making sure you can still reach it if needs be. Put the opposite season’s clothes in another wardrobe if you have space in the room, or pack them away in storage boxes using acid-free tissue paper.

Charity clothes

Create a charity pile for dresses and outfits which are not right for you anymore. Plan where you would like to send these clothes as a donation and make sure you take the clothes along sooner rather than later as they will annoy you if they hang around your bedroom for too long.

Make a throw out pile

A throw-out pile must include clothes which are too worn, too stained or which cannot be repaired. It’s better not to send really damaged clothes to charity, since volunteers will need to work extra hard to make them wearable and it may not be worth their while.

Have a variety of hangers

Since, you have a variety of dresses so you should have the same variety in hangers to help lengthen the life of your clothes. Go for flocked hangers from top quality brands. This will save a lot of space in the wardrobe. You can also buy fancy timber hangers which offer more vertical space for longer garments.

Arrange by colour

Many people like to arrange clothes by colour. For example, grouping all tees and tops together and then ordering them from white to black along the colour spectrum. This shows any colour gaps you may have in your clothing collection and helps you find the shade you need more easily when getting dressed.

Get help if you need it

If you can’t or don’t want to arrange your wardrobe by yourself, then phone a friend to help you out. Just tell your friend what you want to keep and what you don’t and ask him or her for suggestions if you are unsure. Keep the clothes you feel good in and ditch the rest; perhaps your friend might be able to make use of them instead?

Make a list of things you need

As you are putting things back in the wardrobe, check if you need to buy any new clothes by analysing the gaps. For example, are you missing any jeans, shorts, trousers, dresses and shoes in neutral or colours?

Go shopping with your list in your hand

Take the list of wardrobe gaps  with you next time you hit the shops. Just concentrate on that list and do not buy anything else that you might be tempted by.