It seems like people are waiting longer to get married these days. This leads more to a combining of two households together instead of starting one from nothing. Chances are these couples don't need an Instant Pot or another set of towels, so they don't need typical wedding gift items.
If this describes you and your spouse-to-be, what does this mean for your gift registry? It means you need to think outside the box. Here are a few gifting ideas you might want to consider passing along to your guests. Consider one or a combination of two or more, whatever works best for you!
Fund a Remodeling Project
If you have a house you already own or are buying, but it needs a little work (and who doesn't want something remodeled at home?) consider starting a fund to pay for the project. Maybe you want to finish the basement or add an L-shaped outdoor kitchen area. No matter what it is, your wedding guests can help you pay for it. You can set up a fun online through a site like GoFundMe. Or you could just include a description of the project as an insert in your wedding invitation explaining that you'd prefer a cash gift and this is what you'll be using it for.
Other remodeling projects to consider:
- Swimming pool
Purchase New Major Appliances
Big ticket items, like refrigerators and washer and dryer sets, are hard to ask for...or are they? You could go the cash route like noted above, or make it part of a remodeling project, but there might be another way. Some bridal registry services allow you to add larger items and let people put money toward them without having to fund the whole thing. This is also great for groups of people who might want to chip in for one big gift, like people from work or distant cousins.
Help With the Honeymoon
This is an idea we particularly like! With a honeymoon registry, you pick your destination and some fun things you want to do while you're there. You share the registry with your guests and they can purchase an experience, say a couples massage, or put money toward a package deal. Not only do you get something you really want, but your guests will be thrilled to know they are getting you something that you will enjoy.
The Bottom Line
There's nothing worse than giving a gift that the couple doesn't want or doesn't like. Traditional registry services have done a great job in eliminating duplicate items and letting people know what you want. Where they fall short is when you want something larger or a little off the beaten trail. That's where you need to get creative. Just be transparent with your guests, especially if you're asking for cash. If you let them know up front what you plan to do with the money, they might be more inclined to give it. Unless you want another waffle iron, that is!