Wedding $

A while back, I was in Target, shopping for some trinkets for the kids, and I saw a couple of “bigger kids” who were obviously getting married. The young woman was trying to keep her groom to be under control as they went around the store, with a handheld bar code scanner, generating their wedding registry. In one way, it was sad, watching this guy scan games and other items which had no real place on a registry. To him, creating a wedding registry was obviously like making a list for Santa Claus—on steroids. The young lady seemed more interested in finding items that they might actually need. As I watched them, I chuckled, hopefully silently, watching this guy run around the store, trying to pack as many of his preferred items onto that list before his bride wrested the scanner away.

Today, however, there might be a better plan—Amazon. There are some great benefits to this program, including a huge selection of items, the ability to share with friends and family who might not live near a chosen brick and mortar store, free shipping, 180 day returns, and Amazon will even generate a “Thank you” list. And, yes, the groom can list his favorite video games as purchase options. Hopefully, with some time to think about it, the bride and groom can pick items that help them create a new household, without the wrestling match over the bar code scanner.

I’ve noticed that my own kids, who are now young adults, would much rather order anything online. My daughter will pore over the toppings offered by Pizza Hut, sometimes taking a quarter of an hour to build the perfect pie. Truly, I am amazed at the way the internet has altered the shopping experience. I live near a “Carvana” facility, and I simply can’t imagine buying a car without a test drive, but they will gladly bring a nicely detailed used car right to the customer’s door.

Weddings are bigger business now. Venues charge in the thousands for a few hours of their time, and catering and a d.j. are the norm. At least, with Amazon’s wedding registry, guests might be able to provide appropriate gifts, with a minimum of hassle.

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