One of the best parts of your wedding is receiving the gifts your guests give you, am I right? Well, this unfortunate couple sadly didn’t get the full experience wedding gifts usually provide.
9Honey shared an article on a newly married couple who days after their wedding found that half of the gifts were missing from their wishing well. Continue reading Aaron’s story to see what came of this travesty.
Aaron’s wedding day was absolutely splendid, up until the moment he and his new wife stumbled upon their wishing well just days after their wedding day.
“It only dawned on us two days later as we were taking note of gifts so we could send out our thank you notes,” he told 9Honey.
Panicked, initially the couple thought they may have forgotten some of the gifts at the venue, so they triple checked every possibility before reaching the probability of theft.
To this day it is known that someone (Aaron has no idea whom) stole a bunch of cards which well-wishers had left the newlyweds, along with rather large cash gifts inside.
“Instead of enjoying the days after the wedding we were left trying to figure out how something like this could have happened,” he said.
Worried that the shocking news would lead to a flood of people asking if theirs had been one of the gifts stolen, Aaron and his wife were discreet with the news and kept it from their guests. They also ended up telling the few that did find out about it that their gifts hadn’t been stolen – even if that really wasn’t the case.
The theft of these cash gifts didn’t just crush the memory of their wedding day, it also had a considerable financial impact too.
“We estimate it was a fairly big financial hit. If I had to guess – it probably did delay our ability to jump into our first property,” Aaron said.
Stories like Aaron’s motivated Melbourne mum Marta Barbayannis to arrange the production of GiftWell, a phone app that functions as an electronic wishing well. This app could help prevent wedding gift theft and give engaged couples a reason not to worry about their gifts going missing.
“I’d heard tales of wishing wells being stolen or tampered with,” Marta told 9Honey, “And then when it happened to someone I knew, this really increased the urgency to launch the GiftWell app and make the whole process easier and stress-free for everyone involved.”
She explained that people tap for just about every purchase they make and rarely carry cash around. Traditional cash gifts slipped into envelopes are simply becoming outdated and may be fully replaced by apps like GiftWell in the foreseeable future.
“For the couple, it means peace of mind and convenience. For the guests, it means being saved time and money,” she said.
But with that being said, it doesn’t mean the tradition of gift giving has to go completely digital – it’s probably just a lot safer to send those substantial cash gifts electronically.
Marta said, “Whilst there may be a small number of people who still currently prefer to deal with cash and cards, and couples who wish to style a wishing well/gifts table, there’s no reason why they can’t have the best of both worlds by catering for the nostalgic and otherwise knowing that the bulk of their gifts are being transferred securely and not at risk on the night.”
Aaron wishes he was able to have this peace of mind on such a special day.
“When you look at the emotional and financial risk factors there is absolutely no reason to risk the conventional wishing well anymore,” he said.
“The idea we will never get to read some of the well-wishes from our guests has had a huge toll.”
Despite his awful experience, Aaron does not resent whoever stole his wedding gifts and he assumes they must have been “in dire need” to do such a thing.
“I refuse to believe it was done out of pure greed,” he added.
In a few years, the wishing well tradition may cease to exist… what do you think? Let us know in the comments!