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Alternative Wedding Registries June 22, 2011

A Dream Honeymoon 

Several websites offer ways to register for this romantic getaway and allow guests to choose which element they’d prefer to subsidize, from the practical (airfare, hotel, rental car) to the lavish (spa treatments, rounds of golf, even parasailing). On, couples raise fee-free funds for their trip but have to do the research and book their own travel. Another site,, has a honeymoon registry plus staffs professional trip advisers to help make the planning process easier (and if the vacation is booked through them, the site’s per-gift fees may be waived). 

A New Home

Of far more value to some newlyweds than a fancy stand mixer: a house in which to use it. According to Peggy Post, it’s not tacky for the soon-to-be-betrothed to tactfully request monetary gifts from friends and family, particularly if it’s made clear that the cash will go toward a down payment or a mortgage. Couples may be able to register through their own bank or credit union, or at or

A Favorite Charity

Altruistic (or, simply, financially secure) couples can also register for donations to be made in their name to a good cause. Specific local or national charities may offer their own registry services. Another option: I Do Foundation.

Read more: Unique Wedding Registry Ideas – Alternative Wedding Registries – Good Housekeeping


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