Bridal Registry Helps Couples Rebound from the Economic Downturn

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New Gift Registry Concept Helps Couples Get the Big-Ticket Items They Need to Start Their New Lives Together Despite Layoffs and Other Hardships.

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A wedding is a big occasion, and couples should have the chance to make big wishes, and seek assistance with items they may not be able to afford. Many of the couples that use our site register for assistance with things like paint, flooring, or other remodel expenses.

Impacted by the economic downturn, many Americans are being forced to scale down or postpone elaborate wedding plans. To help new couples begin their new lives together, despite tough times, MyDreamHomeRegistry.com, an innovative new gift registry website, makes collecting funds for big-ticket items like furniture, flooring and remodeling easy and hassle free. Since the launch of the site, an increasing number of newlyweds have used MyDreamHomeRegistry.com to lessen the blow of the economic downturn and make their wedding wishes a reality.

A wedding is one of the most exciting experiences of a happy couple's lifetime, but unfortunately wedding budgets aren't recession proof. According to recent forecasts and statistics, wedding budgets are down nearly 30 percent from 2007, and more than 60 percent of couples plan to spend less on their honeymoons than originally planned. In addition to changing trends in wedding budgets and customs, bridal registry trends have also been impacted by the sluggish economy. Many couples are now using My Dream Home Registry to help supplement the rising costs of starting a life together, including the costs of purchasing or furnishing and decorating their first homes.

"A bridal registry serves as a wish list for new couples, but most traditional registry sites limit what couples can feasibly ask for," said Kristin Lee Hannah, a well known interior designer. "A wedding is a big occasion, and couples should have the chance to make big wishes, and seek assistance with items they may not be able to afford. Many of the couples that use our site register for assistance with things like paint, flooring, or other remodel expenses."

Created by happy couple Brian Waspi and Kristin Lee Hannah, My Dream Home Registry was created to help couples get the items and services they need most to build their new lives together, including more expensive requests ranging from funds for new furniture and materials for home remodels, to interior design consulting. For most couples, it's important that their new home together reflects both of their personal styles and personalities, but for many, it can be difficult to accomplish the look and feel that they desire, not to mention costly. By establishing a wedding registry at MyDreamHomeRegistry.com, couples can easily and affordably appeal to family members and friends for assistance with the items they really need for their home. They can even upload photos of the items they'll be purchasing, or renderings of what their finished room or home will look like.

Family and friends who visit the registry can purchase "gift units" starting at $10. The couples can move forward with their purchases at any time, or once they've reached their financial goal. Couples can even register for down payment assistance to help them purchase a new home.

"The site is ideal for both the new couple on a budget, and their family and friends," said Waspi. "Gifts like toasters and towels can be a bit impersonal, and often aren't really needed, especially in a recession. Gifts like furniture, carpet or down payment assistance really make a difference in the lives of a new couple, and when family and friends contribute to helping a couple attain the things they need most, they are truly investing in that couple's future and in their happiness. It's a great feeling."

In addition to bridal registry, the site offers comprehensive interior design articles and other resources. A nine percent processing fee, less than the shipping cost for a traditional registry gift, keeps the site 100% advertiser free, and one percent of all revenue is donated to the Fuller Center For Housing, a nonprofit organization established by Habitat for Humanity founders Millard and Linda Fuller.

About MyDreamHomeRegistry.com:

MyDreamHomeRegistry.com is the premier gift registry site for brides-to-be and newlyweds seeking assistance with big-ticket items, and redecorating or remodeling assistance. Founded in 2005 by Brian Waspi and Kristin Lee Hannah, the site facilitates innovative online gift registry solutions for weddings, baby showers, birthdays and retirement celebrations. For more information, or to create a new gift registry, visit http://www.mydreamhomeregistry.com. FAQs and testimonials are also available.

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