Already own the plates, sheets, and pots and pans? Consider these nontraditional options next.
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Few couples have everything, but these days more and more engaged ones have already set up their home—and stocked up on the dishes and linens—long before they walk down the aisle. Enter the cash registry, which has gained acceptance and popularity over the past few years—and now the experiential one.
Lizzy Ellingson, co-founder and chief creative officer of Blueprint Registry, an online destination for creating a wedding wish list based on the layout of your home, shared some of her favorite gift ideas for the well-appointed bride and groom. Consider them an addition to any remaining traditional items—and thank everyone later for getting everything you truly needed and wanted.
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Cooking Lessons for Two
For the couple that loves to cook—or is just learning to—these classes have plenty to offer. Study the basics, discover new recipes, or create signature meals for friends and family.
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Round-Trip Plane Tickets
Thinking of a honeymoon across the country or across the world? Let guests contribute toward the flights and, voilà, every destination suddenly seems within reach.
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Most loved ones are excited to contribute to an invaluable memory such as a honeymoon. If you have already funded your getaway, think of experiences to add on while you are on the go, including skydiving, a splurge-worthy meal at a restaurant of your choice, or a certificate to check into a luxury hotel.
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Regret not paying closer attention in your high school language classes? Brush up on foreign words and phrases before your travels. And don’t forget to send a thank-you card saying, “Grazie,” “Gracias,” or “Merci!”
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A Statement Piece
Finally own that furniture you’ve been coveting. Invite guests to contribute toward a portion of a higher-priced item like a couch, bed, or dining room table that they know you will love.
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Works of Art
Make your weekend gallery visits count. Ask for cash to start your collection or expand upon it. Bonus: Any piece you put the money toward will be a visual reminder for years to come of your big day.
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If you’ve lived in your pad for years, or consider it a fixer-upper, ask guests to contribute to a renovation. Focus on a big project such as the kitchen or a smaller one such as your walk-in closet. Who wouldn’t want you to have the home of your dreams?
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This is a gift that keeps on giving! Toast to your marriage in the months following your wedding. Test out new wines and find your favorite to savor for future special occasions.
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Put a special date night on the calendar by registering for event gifts such as concert tickets. Everyone will rest assured knowing the fun will continue after your celebration.
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Home Down Payment
Register for the one thing that exemplifies your new life together, a new home. If you’re going this route, ask for fewer items overall, replacing them with larger, more significant ones.