Registries can be such a hassle. The online registry space is surprisingly old-school and extremely difficult to navigate. Plus, if you’re like me, you have all the pots and pans you’ll ever need. Luckily, you have options. Below are a few unique wedding registry ideas.
1. Traveler’s Joy – There’s a lot of honeymoon registries out there, and a lot of them are solid. I actually used Traveler’s Joy to plan our honeymoon to Belgium, Germany and Paris. In my opinion, I could live without the crock pot. Sure, there’s a fee for every credit card transaction, but it was so easy for our guests to purchase a dinner for 2 in Belgium, or a ticket up the Eiffel Tower. If you choose this type of service, just be sure to plan out the details. The offer for 10-$100 increment options to help buy our plane tickets didn’t sell, but the dinner for 2 at a cozy restaurant (including a link to the menu) for $100 sold out immediately. Also be sure to include a lot of different increments. Bonus: All of the gifts go into your PayPal, so if you don’t end up actually going to that cozy restaurant you can still use it for a fancy lunch elsewhere. To get a few ideas, check out ours at http://www.travelersjoy.com/dustinanderica
2. Zola isn’t available to the public yet, but I’m excited about it. At it’s root, it’s taking wedding registry into an actual enjoyable experience. Instead of having to decide whether to register at Target, Macy’s or The Container Store, you can add items from all websites into one master registry. This isn’t the first time it’s been done, but the folks over at Zola have some pretty awesome ideas, which I expect to take off. Down the road they hope to add some pretty simple wedding websites (complete with your own URL like mikeandsara.com, for example) and a host of other options. Sounds pretty cool!
3. Think about your passions. If you’re really into wine, head over to www.wineenthusiast.com. If you’re super into outdoors, register at REI.com. There’s a ton of options here, just think about what you love and head to the site that you would die to go on a shopping spree. You can also think of things like “Dining Around Town”, where your guests can purchase you a dinner for two at one of the many restaurants in your town. A site like www.OurWishingWell.com is great for this!