We have a lot of people (probably 75%) of our guest list flying to our wedding in Canmore next summer and, it being Canmore, then paying quite a bit for hotels. We would really like to ask people to NOT buy us gifts but instead to donate blood (if they’re able). My sister in law said her experience is that, despite this request, people will still insist on buying us gifts and that we should have a registry so that we don’t get a collection of random stuff we don’t want. I’m a bit torn because I feel like posting a registry then contradicts the request to not give gifts, even though that’s what we really want. I’m not super keen on asking for donations either (just a personal preference).
Has anyone else had experience with this or have any advice?