A wedding gift registry is a must do for any couple not wanting to start married life with seven sets of dinnerware, two blenders and the wrong colour bed sheets.
We love the fact that more and more couples are getting creative with their registries – even asking for items like guitar lessons or romantic nights out!
If you’re tying the knot soon here are five clever wedding registry ideas that we love.
1. Online Combination Registry
A lot of couples live together before getting married these days and if this is the case you will most likely have all the homewares and furniture you need. An online combination registry is a great idea for couples that want to mix it up a bit. This type of registry allows you to list any item from a store or service from a business. For example you would be able to list a Vera Wang dinner set on the same registry as surfing lessons. Online combination registries allow you to be as specific as possible and will guarantee you receive no unwanted gifts.
2. Honeymoon Registry
Some couples can find it hard to afford a honeymoon given the expense of a wedding. With an online honeymoon registry such as http://www.honeyfund.com your guests can contribute to the payment of your honeymoon. They are able to make donations towards all aspects of your honeymoon such as flights and accommodation, chauffeur, luxury spa treatments, sunset cruise and gourmet dinners. Couples customise the items on their registry depending on their dream honeymoon itinerary.
3. Wishing Well
Asking guests for a monetary donation instead of a gift is becoming a widely accepted trend. If it’s cash you’re after, set up a physical wishing well at your wedding reception which guests can put their donations in. Otherwise there are online wishing wells that will collect guest donations and deposit the lump sum into your bank account.
If you know what you are collecting money for make sure you share this with your guests. It will make them feel like they are contributing to something tangible. For example if the money is going towards home renovations you could set up a donations page where guests can contribute towards the cost of floorboards, paint, an outdoor setting, garden plants or an upgraded driveway.
4. Charity Registry
You’ve found each other so what more could you possibly want? If you’re a couple who feels you simply don’t need additional funds or fancy gifts taking up space, a unique option would be to support the charities and projects you love. Setting up a charity registry online allows guests to make a contribution on your behalf to one of your selected charities. This is one way to ensure the joy from your special day stretches far and wide.
5. Wine Registry
For couples with a love of wine this is the perfect alternative to a traditional gift registry. A bottle of wine is a fantastic way to mark a special occasion and a registry takes the difficulty out of your guests’ selection process. This way you are guaranteed to receive a bottle you like and can drink them with your guests for many years to come!