Where are you registered?
Wedding venue, check. Flowers, beautiful and ordered. DJ, he's awesome. Wedding dress, found years ago. Invitations, mailed. Have you registered yet? Creating a wedding registry, or multiple registries is an important to-do, to mark off your list. Why is it important? So your guests know what you really want. It is a misconception that registering for nothing will lead to only envelopes of cash.
Traditionally a wedding registry was filled with all of the items a couple would need for their first home together; china, flatware, towels, and bedding. Many of today's couples either already live together, or have on their own have a full household of essentials, so the traditional wedding registry is out. While I still reccommend that these couples register for some household upgrades (a shiny new Kitchenade mixer never hurts) at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, or Macy's, here are some suggestions for some not-so-traditional wedding registry options.
Yes, REI has a gift registry! If you and your fiance are fans of the outdoors this is the registry for you. This is a great opportunity for you to stock up on gear for activities that you can do as a couple. Camping equipment, rafts, bikes, and even hiking gear are all items available at REI. Don't be afraid to add big ticket items, either. Often friends and family like to be able to go in together on a big gift.
It's true, wedding planning can be very stressful. A relaxing vacation after the wedding is the ideal way to start off your marriage, and unwind after a year of budgets and decision making. Honeyfund is an online wedding registry where couples can register for their dream honeymoon. It is free to create the registry, and gift givers have the option of just sending you the cash, or for a small fee they can send the gift through PayPal.
If when it really comes down to it all you truly want is cash, the online registry Deposit a Gift is the way to tell people that. When you create a registry on this site you have the opportunity to give gift givers an idea of what the money is going towards, such as saving for the down payment on a home, redecorating funds, or even a remodel project. The gifts are simply cash that goes into an account from which you can withdraw at anytime. The only catch is the 7.5% fee. You can set-up your registry so that the givers can pay this at time of purchase, or you can pay it prior to withdrawing the funds.