New Wedding Registries You'll Love

It's a wedding tradition that's been around since the 1800's, registering for items at your favorite stores so friends and family can give you the gifts you want and need. But with more engaged couples living together and combining housewares before tying the knot, the desire for a fancy blender or new China is on the decline. Not to mention, in this economy, newlyweds could really use cash more than anything else.

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.

Honeymoon Funds
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.

New Home
For engaged couples who'd prefer to receive cash gifts towards a future home, sites like hatchmyhouse.com and mydreamhomeregistry.com lets guests contribute to the couple's savings account.

Watch: 5 dinner recipes from one bag of groceries

Art
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.

Watch: 4 ways to stretch your beauty dollars

Charitable Gifts
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.

What are some of the unique gifts you've given to the happy couple? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Farnoosh and use #FinFit.

Please vote for Yahoo's #FinFit Program to win Webby's Best Online Film & Video- How-To & DIY Award! Just click here.

Related: How to plan an affordable summer wedding

Financially Fit Feedback:Take our Survey »

Follow Shine

POLL

What extra baking essentials do you purchase?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options

PICK OF THE DAY

  • Bad financial habits to ditch in 2013
    Bad financial habits to ditch in 2013

    Don’t let these bad financial habits keep you from your long-term spending goals. Identify your weaknesses and start remedying them. …