Put down the scan gun, and head online for everything you've ever wanted in a wedding registry. Perfect for the unconventional couple, these six wedding registries extend beyond national retailers and allow for a more personalized experience. From crowd-funding your honeymoon to getting the gadget of your dreams, these sites help to curate a wish list that is truly you. Chances are you aren't an ordinary couple — that Star Wars cake is proof — so why have an ordinary registry?
I asked a handful of my long-time married and freshly hitched friends, as well as our faithful Facebook fans, what the best wedding gift you received was. From the splurge-y to the sentimental, you all shared the gifts that made the greatest impact on you. Some were experience gifts, some were just registry items that get used on a daily basis, and some were boudoir-related — always appreciated by newlyweds. Besides the always practical but not-too-exciting monetary gift, which a lot of our Facebook fans seemed to love the most, here are the top wedding presents our friends and readers received. And be sure to take notes for the next time you receive a save the date!
We asked our Facebook fans what you'd like to receive as an experience gift in lieu of a traditional wedding registry gift, and you gave some great ideas. While the gift of "eternal happiness" may be out of reach (although nice idea, Sarah!), we can at least provide newlyweds with some momentary romantic bliss with these presents that are more about making memories than making dinner in the kitchen. With our Facebook fans' help we came up with these tips for experience wedding gifts.
- The honeymoon — I loved these ideas from Facebook fan Rebecca: "I would LOVE to have different 'experiences' bought for us for our honeymoon like a special dinner under the stars, or a couples massage on the beach . . . the cheesy kinds of things that we could never or would never get ourselves because we're too practical." On sites like Traveler's Joy and Honey Fund, guests can not only put money toward paying for the couple's honeymoon, they can also buy honeymoon activities like snorkeling, spa days, and tours.
- Daredevil date — You know how in every Bachelor and Bachelorette season there are a handful of adventurous dates that result in the couple bonding over the experience and learning how to trust each other? Well, you can make that happen for a newly hitched twosome! One site that specializes in these types of excursions is Cloud 9 Living, which offers everything from hot balloon rides to sky diving to race car driving.
- Museum membership — Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. On sites like NewlyWish, you can give a couple the gift of art for a whole year with a membership to their local museum. Many museums, like our neighborhood San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, offer gift memberships on their sites.
If you're a design snob like me, you're sort of picky when it comes to receiving gifts. I always thought wedding registries were cool because you can pre-select everything you want - that way even your farthest away (and, er, ill fashioned) relatives can buy you something awesome. If you need help figuring out what you'll need as young honeymooners visit YumSugar Wedding Registry 101. Then, check out this extensive guide on where to go for what. But if you're looking for style, look no further!
The Neiman Marcus wedding registry is simply divine. This is the place to shop for fine china, barware, silverware, table accessories, fine linens and stylish men's items. You can view their selection before registering, which is key. Register with Neimans and experience one of the finest gift selections, a welcoming environment, and their legendary personal service. To read more about about the benefits of registering at Neimans click here.
They have other helpful wedding services like catering, The Bridal Shop and, if you decide not to register with them, you can create a wedding Wish List if something catches your eye you have to have.
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