Enter: alternative-wedding registries. From your honeymoon, to a mortgage to modern art, new websites are allowing brides and grooms to register outside the box.
My fiancé and I have actually started an account at HoneyFund.com for wedding guests who would like to offer a gift towards our European honeymoon. Similar sites include Honeymoonwishes.com and TravelersJoy.com. They're free and simple to set up. Couples can itemize their honeymoon wish list - from flights to a beachfront massage to a sunset cruise - so guests can help pay for specific activities during your trip.
Local Trips & Events
Beyond the honeymoon, couples are also registering for mini excursions in their own hometowns via online websites like Newlywish.com. For example, New York couples can register for museum memberships and wine tastings, and help local businesses along the way.
If you're already in your dream home and now want to furnish it with a unique investment, your guests can contribute to your art collection. Check out websites for local art galleries, as well as museum gift shops where you may be able to open a registry and create a wish list.
Finally, you can follow in the royal footsteps of Will and Kate, who asked guests to donate to their favorite charities. Sites like IDOFoundation.org and Changingthepresent.org/weddings allow couples to create a special registry from which guests can choose to donate to designated charities and non-profit organizations.
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