You glance around your kitchen. A toaster sits on the counter next to your mixer, which rests besides your coffee pot. Years of living as an adult has left you with a fully stocked life. But there is a wedding coming and Great Uncle Don is going to want to buy you a gift. What’s a couple to do? Enter: the alternative wedding registry.
The band is booked 🎤, your caterer is picked out 🍽, the bridal party outfits are good-to-go 👗, but the word registry sits on your list with a bright red circle around it. 🤔
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Alternative wedding registries have become more and more popular as couples have tied the knot later in life. The US Census Bureau says that the average age of a groom today is 29.5, a bride, 27.4. That’s a far cry from the average of 20 in the 1950s. Today, people don’t need a set of everything as they start their lives together; their adult lives started years ago and they needed plates then. For some, an easy fix is to just write “No Gifts Necessary” on the invitation. This option works fine, but be aware that the idea of not giving a gift at all just doesn't sit right with some people and they’ll end up bringing one anyway. You can avoid ending up with a bunch of things you don’t need or want by creating a cost-effective, alternative wedding registry.
One option is the honeymoon registry. Rev up your honeymoon (or be able to afford one in the first place) with sites like Honeyfund.com. Here you can create a place for guests to give money that goes toward specific things. Create as many items you want and add a “price” for that item. People will love to gift you a snorkeling excursion or to buy you a round of drinks at the swim up bar. You get a honeymoon full of wonderful adventures you might not have been able to afford otherwise and people get to give a gift with a little more purpose than just a check. Win-Win!
Don’t need any help with a honeymoon? Use a website like Card Avenue to register for gift cards. This is a great option if you don’t know what your specific needs are. You can’t predict that your blender will go out two months after the wedding, but with a stack of gift cards, you can replace it no problem! It’s also great if you are working on something like fixing up a house together. People can gift you cards from Home Depot or Lowe’s and help out the process!
Another option is to ask for donations to charities you support. Websites like The Good Beginning allow couples to choose causes for guests to support in lieu of gifts.Tip: if you go this route, choose a few different causes for your guest to choose from. This gives them options in case they don’t feel as strongly toward a cause you support.
At the end of the day, people just want to show their love and support to you in a way that is actually helpful. Having any type of registry, traditional or alternative, helps both parties be happy with the gifts. Happy registering! 🥂
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