Wedding registries are just another thing on the long list of wedding traditions that no longer make sense for couples getting married in the 21st century. For starters, a lot of couples getting married today have already started building their lives together well before making it legally official. But besides that, there’s a multitude of reasons couples no longer want to walk around Bed, Bath and Beyond making a registry that has matching towels, plates, and silverware. We’re not the only ones who have noticed the trend of couples moving away from that kind of old school wish list. In fact, there have been several companies to embrace the trend and start offering new and improved wedding registries. We’ve rounded up 7 different alternative wedding registries that are perfect for the frugal, adventurous, artistic, generous, unique and/or quirky couple!
SimpleRegistry is the futuristic way of doing a wedding registry. Instead of being stuck to just one store, you can build your dream registry including those off the shelf items from all your favorite places. But it doesn’t stop there because you can also add in things you can’t get off the shelf. So go ahead and register that special smoothie blender you’ve been wanting, and put it right next to a hot air balloon ride for two!
It’s hard enough for couples to afford everything it costs to throw a wedding these days not even including a honeymoon. So why not forgo the gifts and instead, ask your guests to help send you on a trip you’ll never forget? If it were me, I’d do the 7 day cruise around the Hawaiian islands - an approximately $7k trip broken down into 120 affordable gifts!
Everyone knows Etsy, but did you know they have a wedding registry service?! Etsy is the perfect place to host your registry if you and your partner want your home filled with handmade goods rather than whatever is on the shelf at Target that season.
4. Blue Apron
While this one may not technically fall under “registry” it’s still a great alternative gift. If you don’t already know, Blue Apron is a home delivery service that brings a box of fresh ingredients that are ready to cook straight to your door. Lucky for newlyweds, Blue Apron offers two person meal plans that come with detailed cooking instructions so you can learn how to cook new dishes together. Skip the traditional registry and bon appetit with Blue Apron instead!
5. Facebook Fundraiser
Turn your wedding into a force for good by asking your guest to donate to your favorite charity. Make it easy for your guests to contribute and keep track of how much you raise by creating a Facebook Fundraiser.
I’m gonna let ThirstyNest introduce themselves: “We’re the only place on the interweb where you can select bottles and barware for your first home together all in one gift registry. Isn’t that so cute?”. We just love this one because, after all, a couple who drinks together, stays together!
7. Dominos Pizza
We saved the best for last! Yes, you can finally get hot, cheesy, melt in your mouth, dominos pizza as a WEDDING GIFT. In possibly the best PR move of all time, Domino’s Pizza announced they would be “the first registry for couples who prefer delicious melty cheese to crystal gravy boats.” Yum!