Today, more and more couples are setting up their household well before getting married. As a result, they just don’t need the traditional items that show up on wedding registries. Bridal registries first came about in 1924 and were a tool that was used to inform wedding guests the couple’s preferences when it came to items like silver, crystal, and china patterns. With lifestyles and technology changes, couples now create registries that include things that reflect their personal preferences and style. To that end, here are a few things that might show up on wedding registries that may have been unheard of in the past.
Maybe you are in need of a set of mixing bowls, but don’t want to register only for household items. There are many online sites that allow you to register for anything. You might add a smart TV from Best Buy, pain relief items for a variety of issues – including items for neck pain relief, and even bedding from your favorite home store. All of these things will show up in a single place, which makes it easier for your guests.
Tech and Gadgets
Face it, we all depend more and more on tech and gadgets these days. When was the last time you went a single day without them? There are all sorts of things in this category that can be added to wedding registries. This might include anything from decorative Bluetooth speakers to a gaming computer, smart devices for your home, and more.
Some couples these days are even using crowdsourcing for bigger ticket items like their honeymoon. In cases like this, the guests would donate money that would go towards something like an Alaskan cruise, a trip to an exotic destination, or even just activities that the happy couple might take part in during their trip. You can let your guests know what you’re looking for and be specific!
It doesn’t matter if you are passionate about kayaking, hiking, or camping, more and more couples seem to be registering for their favorite recreational gear. For example, if a hike through the Sierra Mountains happens to be on your bucket list, register for the trip and the gear necessary for it.
This one goes back to crowdsourcing. You can register at sites that allow gifting of cash that has a specific purpose, like the down payment for buying a home. Gifting cash has always been both popular and acceptable for weddings. However, instead of including a check in the gift card, nowadays, these things tend to be done online.
Quick Reminder for the Bride and Groom
Keep in mind that ultimately, the gift choices will always be up to the person giving the gift. You should appreciate each and every gift that is received and show that appreciation promptly with a hand-written, heartfelt thank you card.
Many couples today already have many items on a traditional wedding registry, like kitchen appliances and towels. If that's you, a honeymoon registry might be a good alternative. It simply allows you to ask your friends and relatives to help give you the best honeymoon ever. A registry lets you make a list of what you want to do and how much it costs and give them the option of purchasing the experience directly or just contributing money toward it. This is a great way for people to do something personal without you ending up with another toaster.