March 16, 2011
So, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be wed on the 29th of April and, reports suggest, will then retreat to a rented farmhouse in Wales to recuperate – before, you know, moving on to life in a castle.
For most newlyweds, though, there’s no castle in sight – in fact, even a normal house is challenge enough, particularly on Canada’s pricey west coast.
But no fear, newlyweds, Christina Carrick and Patricia Kiteke want to help. The pair, both real estate agents at Pemberton Homes in Victoria, BC, recently launched a wedding registry that allows couples to register for the down payment towards the purchase of a house. It’s called homeforthehoneymoon.com.
The two entrepreneurs say they spend much of their day-jobs helping first-time buyers with their real estate decisions and realized that while couples may be able to afford monthly mortgage costs, they often need help in scrounging up the down payment. So, they thought, why not give wedding guests the option of forgoing the purchase of yet another blender in lieu of a financial donation towards a home? Makes sense to us. . .
And, apparently, to others: Postmedia News reports that 250 couples from Manhattan to Victoria have registered on the site since it was launched in January. One couple from Edmonton received gifts amounting to $10,000 towards their home.
No word yet as to whether William and Kate will register.