Who thought that shopping for gifts for yourself would be one of the hardest wedding tasks out there? I know when I first picked up that little scanning gun I felt like a kid in a candy shop, but twenty minutes later I was confused, indecisive, and overwhelmed. Brides who have been living with their groom before the wedding might find it even more difficult to register. Do we ask for the traditional pots, pans and towels? Or should the list be full of fun things we don’t yet have but don’t really need? Will people think we are frivolous? Will guests be disappointed not to find the staples on the registry if we think outside of the box? I think the best advice here is to ask for what you want traditional and non-traditional. Your guests truly want to get you something you will enjoy so register for those things that will put a smile on your face. Give your guests options. If you have some less traditional registry items add a few new towels in the mix or some sheets to make Aunt Nancy happy.
Here are some great alternatives to the traditional registry:
Register for your Honeymoon, guests can purchase something as large as the airline tickets down to a bottle of wine for a romantic dinner. You can even ask for scuba lessons, or better yet a spa treatment. I think that the best site out there is honeyfund.com. It is completely customizable and there are no fees for you or your guests.
The Unbride suggests Wedding futures, a web site where you can register for your financial future. Here you can register for stocks and bonds,. If that doesn’t scream modern bride I don’t know what does.
If you’re an art lover you will jump at this idea. Have your guests fill your walls with fabulous art work. While you might not be able to afford that perfect piece of art for every wall of your home you guests could help make those bare walls beautiful. Nascent Art offers an option for the bride and groom to register for art for the new nest.
Good luck and happy scanning to all those brides out there registering right now.