Nowadays most couples live with each other before they tie the knot so usually they have most of the household items they need.
Some people still feel awkward about asking for money but there are alternative wedding registries out there that may suit you.
Also many guests who are traditionalists like to see the money go towards something not just on your shopping bill –there are some happy mediums to avoid getting your 10th toaster.
Register for your honeymoon
Honeymoons can be really expensive especially if you are going overseas for a significant period of time. You probably are putting most of your spare cash towards the wedding and may not have anything left over. Your honeymoon is a chance for you to unwind and spend some quality time with your partner. Many of the travel agencies like flight centre are now doing this but there is also a specialist service at myweddingregistry.com.au which allows you to also put down for items you want to do on your honeymoon.
Register for artwork
Purchasing nice pieces of artwork can cost you thousands of dollars, probably money you do not want to separate with from your own pocket. Many galleries are now offering wedding registries to go towards a special piece you would like for your home. In some cases this can also be a great investment further down the track.
Register for wine
This is a great one for couples who enjoy their plonk. www.weddingcellars.com.au allows you to register for wine to build up your collection which may last you years and years to come. It also allows you to purchase those expensive bottles for special occasions which you may not have the disposable cash to buy.
Not another toaster
www.notanothertoaster.com is a registry which specialises for couples who don’t want the usual towels and glasses. You can register for luxury items, larger purchases like couches, honeymoon, renovations, charity groups and more. There is also a range of payment options available to guests including cheque, paypal, money orders, credit card and direct deposit.
Some couples have everything they need and would prefer the money for gifts to go towards a charity or good cause. www.karmacurrency.com.au allows you to pick one or multiple charities that you would like to support which guests can donate to. This is a not for profit organisation and has hundreds of charities and thousands of gift options to choose from. Guests will be charged a small processing fee on top of their contribution.
If you would prefer to avoid a registry you can go for a wishing well where guests give you an amount in an envelope with their card. Remember to use a poem or something similar which explains why you chose this option. You will still always get those people who want to purchase a gift so consider making a smaller gift registry they can choose from.