Offbeat wedding registries from real couples
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Modern Gifting1 of 13
By Martine Bury
About 60 percent of today's couples live together before getting married—which means that by the time they're engaged, they're well-stocked with dinnerware, linens and small kitchen appliances. As a result, alternative wedding registries that offer everything from far-flung adventures to cold hard cash are booming. See what these six couples put on their wedding wish lists.
City Slickers2 of 13
Annie Guill and Pierre-Antoine Bollet
Whether trying new restaurants or exploring museums and galleries, newlyweds Annie and Pierre-Antoine love city living. "Space inside our tiny one bedroom is limited and it physically wasn't possible to fit new dishes, china, bed linens and towels into our little apartment," says Annie.
Starter Art3 of 13
Instead of registering for the usual wares, Guill and Bollet opted to deck their walls with personally inspiring, limited-edition art pieces from the registry ArtStar. "While cabinet space was hard to come by, the walls were free reign!" Annie says.
Constant Companions4 of 13
Christopher and Stephanie Tower
Former roommates turned soul mates, Stephanie and Christopher had already established their home—pots, pans and all. So they chose a registry that instead fed their wanderlust.
Bon Voyage!5 of 13
Through the site Honeyfund wedding guests helped the budget-conscious couple fund a three-week exploration of Thailand. The site breaks down the cost of the trip into smaller "giftable" amounts, so guests can buy a portion of the airfare, a night in a hotel or even an afternoon massage. "It gave our guests something they could be a part of," says Stephanie. "We created photo cards as thank-you notes for each person by taking pictures of the experiences— they gave us such great memories!"
One Love6 of 13
Casey and David Trogden
"We enjoy helping out whenever we can and are passionate about embracing what's beautiful from all over the world through buying fair trade," says Casey.
It's a Small World7 of 13
For their registry, the Trogdens chose Seven Hopes United, a fair trade gift site that offers funky, handmade items that benefit artisans in communities across the globe. "I loved the fair trade concept and I loved all the bright colors and fun, unique patterns," says Casey.
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Opposites Attract8 of 13
Claudia and Pete Lagos
"We're polar opposites style-wise and we wanted a registry that reflects us as a couple—our values, our goals for life. Our first home? That's a shared place for our love to continue growing together," says Claudia.
On the House9 of 13
The Lagos discovered Hatch My House and began to create a solid financial foundation for their future. On the site, friends and family scroll over the graphic of their virtual "house," and pledge monetary "gifts" for everything from the roof to the furnishings.
Philly Fans10 of 13
Carmine and Darcy Veneziale
Darcy and Carmine were hitched last October at Power Plant Productions, a sleek Philadelphia venue in the Old City District that used to be a power plant. "We enjoy where we live and desire to be a part of the local fabric," says Darcy. "We both love stand-up comedy, exploring Philadelphia's expansive food scene and game night in with friends."
Close to Home11 of 13
The Veneziales chose Philly-based Registry 10, which allowed them to assemble great local experiences including a weekend getaway to a bed and breakfast, 18 holes of golf at a country club, city food tours and membership at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The best thing about choosing this registry is that we get to spend time together doing fun things in the city we love, all while supporting our community!" says Darcy.
Going the Distance12 of 13
Grinia Nogueira and David Bradwell
Grinia and David met at MIT in Boston and made it official with their wedding last November. With families in Brazil and Canada, the pair thought a cash registry would be easiest for everyone.
Global Currency13 of 13
They say money can't buy love, but it certainly can help couples start their life together. "We chose Our Wishing Well because it was simple and safe," says Grinia. "Our guests could send us money and a message without having to worry about shipping, currency conversions or what to buy."
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