registry options for your upcoming wedding

NOTE: Today we're featuring a guest post by the alternative registry experts at Honeyfund, who specialize in helping couples register for the honeymoon of their dreams.

The days of the traditional wedding registry are long past. Sure, traditional registry options still exist and will always play a major role in weddings, but there are a number of alternative registries to consider as well.

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Are you dreading the thought of receiving another gravy boat when you already have three of them? Are you afraid that one of your relatives will get you a gift that you do not want or need? With alternative registries, this is no longer a potential problem.

Today, besides the traditional registry option, there are also down payment registries, charity registries, and even honeymoon registries. With so many great options, not only will you have the perfect wedding of your dreams, you'll also receive the ideal gifts based on your specific needs as a couple.

traditional wedding registry

With a traditional registry, the bride and groom often connect with a retail store or website. This registry will help the happy couple easily communicate with wedding guests and let them know their wants and needs. On a typical wedding registry, you'll find some of the following items:

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  • bath towels
  • baking sheets
  • silverware
  • crockpot
  • blender
  • frying pan
  • food processor
  • coffeemaker  

As you can see, the traditional registry contains typical household items that a newly married couple will often need and use. This type of registry is beneficial if you've never been married before and this is your first time living with another person as a couple.

honeymoon registry

Many soon-to-be-married couples are now taking advantage of this interesting alternative registry. Instead of getting too many gifts that they do not want or necessarily need, they are asking friends and relatives to make contributions so they can go on the honeymoon of their dreams.

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Most couples don't have the money to go on their ideal honeymoon, so they are willing to sacrifice traditional gifts and instead receive financial contributions that they can use to take the perfect honeymoon vacation. This is a great trade-off and many newly married couples will tell you that starting a honeymoon registry on was the best choice they've ever made.

charity registry

A charity registry is very similar to the alternative honeymoon registry with one huge exception. Instead of using the money contributed by your friends and relatives to take a beautiful honeymoon vacation, you are using this money to help others. If you have a cause that you hold dear, this registry is the perfect option in lieu of traditional wedding gifts.

downpayment wedding registry

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Now that you are about to get married, are you ready to move into your first home? Do you plan to have kids in the near future? Acquiring the funds for the downpayment on your dream home would certainly be the perfect wedding gift. A downpayment wedding registry is an excellent option for those looking to receive monetary wedding gifts that they can put toward a new home or other major purchase.

future fundraising

After experiencing the benefits of alternative registries — no matter which one you choose — you may decide to participate in other fundraising endeavors later on in your marriage. is the best zero fee option for your future fundraising efforts, whether you plan to use it for baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, or anything else important to you.