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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.