Five Wedding Registry Alternatives and Ideas | Generation Tux

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It’s a new decade— time to scrap the idea that the biggest item on your wed­ding gift wish list is a blender or porce­lain din­ing set. As mil­len­ni­als start set­tling down, wed­ding gift reg­istries have become a lot more prac­ti­cal and enjoy­able. Here are sev­er­al wed­ding reg­istry alter­na­tives to explore.

Pre­cious dessert plates and sil­ver spoons? That’s so ‘80s (and not in a good way).  These days, engaged cou­ples are look­ing for things they’ll actu­al­ly use, not items that they will look at once and then throw into a cup­board. Our gen­er­a­tion wants to give and receive prac­ti­cal and enjoy­able wed­ding gifts, and that’s some­thing that every­one can get excit­ed about.

So, how does a wed­ding reg­istry work with today’s tech­nol­o­gy? That’s up to you and your part­ner, but you do have plen­ty of options. Today we’re shar­ing a few alter­na­tives to the tra­di­tion­al wed­ding gift reg­istry.

HONEYMOON HONEYPOT

Whether you’re dream­ing of a back­pack­ing trip across South­east Asia, rent­ing a pic­turesque cot­tage in the moun­tains of Ver­mont, or sip­ping cock­tails on a Caribbean cruise, chances are, you’d like to take a hon­ey­moon. This can be a great wed­ding gift reg­istry idea — and it’s a dou­ble-wham­my — because hon­ey­moon funds don’t only make for a great gift, they also light­en the load of plan­ning your hon­ey­moon bud­get. 

Come on; what are you going to cher­ish more, a hon­ey­moon or an elec­tric salt grinder?

Hot tip: there are a num­ber of hon­ey­moon fund sites out there, such as Hon­ey­fund, which makes it easy for guests to con­tribute mon­ey for a couple’s big post-wed­ding vaca­tion.

CREATE A CHARITY GIFT REGISTRY

Can’t think of any­thing you need? Lots of cou­ples feel this way and want to give back, and that’s why char­i­ty gift reg­istries exist. 

There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent char­i­ta­ble reg­istries are out there, such as The Knot, which makes it easy for cou­ples to sim­ply add a char­i­ty to a tra­di­tion­al reg­istry page. Oth­er ways include the I Do Foun­da­tion, which allows cou­ples to cre­ate a char­i­ty fund by select­ing the organization(s) that guests can donate to.

NEW HOME CONTRIBUTION

This is a fan­tas­tic, prac­ti­cal wed­ding gift reg­istry idea. If you and your part­ner want to own a home togeth­er, this is a great way to begin build­ing that foun­da­tion. New home reg­istries can help you accom­plish that goal, and they make home own­er­ship slight­ly less stress­ful by hav­ing some finan­cial help from the begin­ning.

New home sites include Hatch My House, which acts as a gift reg­istry to save for a down pay­ment or ren­o­va­tion of a house. You can also for­go the reg­istry idea alto­geth­er and sim­ply tell your guests that you’re going to be using your wed­ding gifts towards a down pay­ment for a house.

NON-TRADITIONAL WEDDING GIFT REGISTRY

You have no need for a new table­cloth, but you might want a GoPro for the many camp­ing trips you enjoy togeth­er. You’ll nev­er use a stain­less-steel immer­sion blender, but you’d both def­i­nite­ly be thrilled to receive sea­son tick­ets for your favorite foot­ball team. Think about hav­ing a reg­istry with items that you real­ly want and will actu­al­ly use. Sev­er­al web­sites allow you to cre­ate a reg­istry for any­thing and every­thing, includ­ing Thank­ful, MyReg­istry and Sim­pleReg­istry, which makes it easy for a group of friends to go in togeth­er on big-item gifts.

GIFT CARD REGISTRY

Gift card reg­istries are easy for your guests and give you more free­dom in how and when you use your gifts. Gift card reg­istries include every­thing from gro­cery store cards to hotels, trav­el sites, and every­thing in between. Most com­pa­nies have an option to buy a gift card, so have a think about what you real­ly want!

While you can orga­nize this inde­pen­dent­ly, Card Avenue is a web­site that allows you to cre­ate a reg­istry page with info, amounts and stores and allows guests to eas­i­ly send them to you.

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