Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wedding Wednesday

So my bff's wedding plans are well on the way, she's super ahead of the game!

But in talking weddings with other people, I realized that there are a plethora of gift registries that defy the ordinary. I was intrigued by this, because a lot of people nowadays live together for a long time before they get married. So at this point, they've already accumulated a lot of STUFF.

So what do you get the couple that has everything? Or more importantly, if you are the couple who has a small NY apartment with a lot of stuff in it, what do you ask for?

Here are some ideas...
  • The Honeymoon Registry! You can pick a destination and people will donate different fun activities you can do there. See a sample one for Hawaii here. The reason this is good is because you can end up going to a really bomb ass location, without having to pay with your home savings!
  • The Donation Registry. Let's say you are super rich or a super rich relative is bank rolling the whole ceremony. The philanthropic thing to do would be to ask guests to donate to one or two of your favorite charities in lieu of a gift.
  • Adventures. One of my favorites, and an oldie but goody, you can request certain activities like cooking classes or wine tours, and your friends get them for you! There is no official registry on the excitations site, but I'm thinking of writing them an email ;-) But there is another site for the true adventure seekers that you CAN register for.
  • One Big Ass Registry. Have too many favorite stores? This site allows you to pick from multiple places to make one master registry. Great for out-of-towners who like to physically go and buy the gift.
And finally, here's a great little piece about the etiquette of registries, both for the happy couple and for the happy guests.

Now, if you are a tad creative there are lots of things you can get a couple that are not part of their registry: depending on what city they live in, you can get art lovers museum passes, you can have a star constellation or zoo animal named after/sponsored by them (I did that once!), you can get them fun dance or season tickets to a playhouse or favorite sports team, or you can commission an artist to do a portrait of their pets!!

Buy on.

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