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Non-Traditional Registry Options

Wondering what to include on your wedding registry? Many modern engaged couples feel the traditional registry is outdated. Customarily, it was filled with practical products to help newlywed couples set up their new homes. But these days, most couples are already living together by the time they tie the knot.

If you are looking for some non-traditional registry inspiration, we've got you covered. Let's go through some wedding registry options that you should consider:

Honeymoon Fund

Honeymoon registries/funds have grown in popularity over the years. Whether you’re saving up for a week in Switzerland or an Alaskan cruise, donations to the honeymoon fund are the easiest way for a guest to contribute to your special day while staying within their budget. It can be done through a physical box where the guests can deposit cash or checks. You can also put a virtual fund on a dedicated website such as, where you can choose your favorite experiences and have your guests purchase them for you. Your friends and loved ones can treat you to a fantastic candlelit dinner or send you on an adrenalin-filled beach activity.

While some wedding registry gifts last for just a temporary period, the honeymoon memories will last forever.

Charitable Donation

Many couples use their wedding as a unique opportunity to give back to society by helping those in need. You can pick a non-profit organization and request your guests donate to the charity in lieu of gifts. This is a sweet alternative to a traditional wedding registry, and we're certain your guests will be delighted to contribute.

Gift Cards

In addition to the age-old registry items, why not make a list of select gift cards for your guests to purchase? You can ask them to get you a gift card for your favorite restaurant, furniture store, or home decor shop.

These are a great option if you know what stores you might like to shop in but aren't sure of the items you may need. Plus, it allows your guests to give you something a little more meaningful than cash.


For couples who enjoy a glass of their favorite vintage regularly, a wine subscription is a great gift idea that you won't regret adding to your wish list.

In addition, you can also have your guests bring their favorite bottle of wine to your Houston wedding. Not only will this unique gift help you build a new wine collection, but it will also give you a new experience to enjoy together.

Wedding registries are one of the most exciting parts of the planning process because putting one together is a chance for you and your partner to sit and plan out what you need and what could be beneficial on your new journey together.

Get creative and don't feel pressured to register for items just because they are part of a tradition. Always do what makes sense for you and request your guests buy something you will use and appreciate. And finally, don't forget to send a thank you card after your wedding to express your gratitude for your gift! We hope the ideas we have shared will help you craft a creative and personal list that you’ll love.

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