For several reasons that I won't bore you with here, my husband, Dale and I still live in our small one bedroom apartment by the beach. We began living together a few years before we actually got married, so we're pretty settled into our place and to put it lightly, it's a full house. If we don't go through all of our stuff and make a trip to Good Will every once in a while, the walls literally begin to feel like they're caving in on us.
For that reason, when it came time for us to register, the thought actually did cross my mind that maybe we should look for an alternative to registering at your typical Macy's or Bed Bath & Beyond. After all, where in the world were we going to put all of the gifts? Well, ultimately, Dale and I registered for everything we wanted under the assumption that all of our new stuff will go perfectly in our new home together one day (once we finally settle on one). We also have my mother to thank, who is currently storing ALLL of our gifts in my old bedroom. Not exactly practical, but it works!
If you happen to find yourself in a similar predicament, wondering what you're going to do with a standing KitchenAid mixer when you barely have a kitchen counter, you should consider one of the many great alternatives to the traditional wedding registry that are available to you. Melissa Philips of the event coordination company, Simply Perfect by Melissa, provided some great alternative registry recommendations, and I included a few of my own favorites, too ;)
Picks on Paper - Wedding Registry Alternatives
5. Little-bit-of-everything Registry
If you simply can't agree on where to register, try a website like Newlywish, which allows you to register for items from multiple retailers within its network, such as Exhale Spa, Iron & Silk Fitness, Melangerie and Immersion Journeys. Deposit a Gift allows guests to contribute money toward an specified account, which you can then put toward any item of your choosing.
4. Charitable Registry
Melissa Philips of Simply Perfect by Melissa suggests including a charitable registry as an option for your wedding guests, such as the I Do Foundation, which allows you to essentially register for your favorite nonprofit organization. Alternatively, Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer that offers quality, handcrafted gifts and home decor items that are produced by skilled artisans who often lack any opportunities for a stable income.
3. Wine Registry
Wedding expert Melisssa Philips recommends giving the gift of fine wine, and I couldn't agree more! Try Vino Classics, Bottle Notes or of course, Williams-Sonoma.
2. Honeymoon Registry
Invite guests the opportunity to treat you and your hubby to a hotel suite upgrade, couple's massage or fun day of ziplining on your honeymoon. Great websites to set up honeymoon registries include The Honeyfund and Traveler's Joy.
1. House Registry
Home for the Honeymoon, an international wedding registry that allows you to register for the down payment toward the purchase of a new house. LOVE this idea.