Maybe you should check out these alternative gift registries that are rising in popularity. It’s pretty rare these days for young people to move straight from Mom and Dad’s to married life. Having lived on their own — or coupled up — for years, more and more about-to-be-weds find that traditional wedding registries just don’t feel right.
If you have all the household goods you need, should you still register? Probably. Some guests just prefer to give gifts rather than cash, and if there’s no registry, they’ll draw their own conclusions.
Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives out there.
1. ORIGINAL ART TO LINE THAT NEST
Emilie Duncan, a certified wedding planner based in Columbus, Ohio, says she’s seen art aficionados register at a gallery for pieces they love: “If the couple has a favorite art gallery, they might be able to set something up with them — all they have to do is ask!”
2. RENOVATION BUCKS
Home Depot’s registry lets you register for building and landscaping materials to fix up your home, fill in that perennial bed, or whatever your practical heart desires.
3. THE ‘GIFT OF GOOD TASTE’
The Foodie Registry (foodieregistry.com) makes it simple for friends and family to buy the bridal couple a meal at their favorite restaurants in Chicago, New York, Denver or San Francisco (watch for more cities to be added).
This option shouldn’t be reserved for true “foodies,” however. There’s a variety of restaurants to choose from, and the gift certificates could be saved to make a birthday or anniversary special — something a couple could appreciate.
4. JUST GIVE BACK
“My favorite alternative registry actually helps others,” says Duncan. The I Do Foundation allows couples to set up a registry so guests can donate to the couple’s favorite charities — a perfect option for couples who want to celebrate their happiness by paying it forward.
“As an added little bonus, the wedding gift is tax deductible for the guests,” Duncan says.
5. HONEYMOON REGISTRIES
These allow wedding guests to fund different parts of a couple’s trip, from massages to dining out to airfare. Many companies now offer this service.
Before deciding on a honeymoon registry, though, be sure to read the fine print and understand what you’re agreeing to. Some deals require that you spend money up front; others charge hefty service fees.
Honeyfund.com is a site that allows you to create a free registry and directs guests to use a PayPal account or pay you directly. (Note: Going the PayPal route skirts the issue of basically asking for cash, which is still frowned upon by etiquette experts and guests alike.)
6. WINE REGISTRY
Oenophiles can add to their collection (or just keep the celebration going!) with a wine registry. Many sites offer this tasty option, like vinoclassics.com.