Not Your Mother's Registry - 5 Top Modern Wedding Registry Trends
Today's weddings are less of an exercise in tradition and archaic rituals, and more of a true expression of the
personalities, values, hopes and dreams of the bride and groom. This trend is reflected in every aspect of the
wedding planning, from the bride's choice of wedding dress and bridal themes, to the wedding décor and wedding
Gone are the days of a gift registry filled with old-fashioned items such as china, crystal and ornate linens
that most likely will only be used on special occasions. A modern bridal registry is more likely to include wedding
gifts that will fit the couple's current lifestyles and enhance their new journey together.
Whether you're a "Platinum Weddings" bride, frugal bride, bridezilla or laid back bride, there are lots of ways
to reflect your personality and dreams in your wedding gift registry. Here are a few popular trends in wedding
registry gifts, perfect for today's bride and groom:
Ticket to Paradise
A honeymoon registry is one of the most popular wedding wishes for modern couples. Registry gifts can range from
an investment in the couple's dream to backpack around Europe to a week of beach side activities at one of the
world's most luxurious resorts.
Home Sweet Home
Why register for a bunch of 'stuff' to put into your dream home when you can actually register for your dream
home? A down payment on a new home is not only one of the most popular wedding wishes found on today's wedding
registries, it's one of the most valuable investments family and friends can make in a couple's new life
A Fresh Financial Start
Student loans and other debt can be a huge burden for a couple preparing to start their new married lives
together. A cash registry or an investment in a "fresh start" for a new couple can help them pave their way to a
brighter and more prosperous future together. This is a more contemporary spin on the traditional wedding wishing
well, and a very popular gift registry trend.
Pay it Forward
Many modern couples start their new lives together by paying it forward. Instead of asking for wedding gifts for
themselves, they ask guests to donate money they would have spent on a gift registry items to a nonprofit
organization or worthy cause. Typically, donations can be made by mail or by accessing a link on the couple's
wedding website. This year, many couples are likely to ask for donations to the Red Cross and other organizations
that are helping to fund the relief efforts in Haiti.
Gift of Lifelong Learning
A great way to keep your newlywed relationship fresh and exciting is by trying new things together, which is why
the gift of lifelong learning is a perfect addition to modern couple's gift registries. Anything from music
classes, cooking classes (an especially ideal gift for a bridal shower registry) or even flying lessons can bring
excitement to a new marriage and help a couple continue to grow and strengthen their bond.
The Money Savvy Couple's Guide to Wedding Registries
For many couples with a keen eye on their finances, a wedding cash registry, rather than a traditional wedding
registry, may be an ideal option. Starting a newly wedded life together on sound financial footing can help couples
avoid conflict that can arise from financial woes and stresses. According to premarital counselors, it's important
that marrying couples begin to discuss financial planning and household budgeting early on (preferably before the
wedding) to establish a strong foundation.
For these and other reasons, it's becoming increasingly popular to use the bridal registry or shower registry as
a way to prepare for the future and meet financial challenges head on. With the help of wedding guests, family and
friends, couples can use their wedding gift registry to help eliminate debt or to get started on the journey to a
more prosperous future.
Here are a few ideas for the money savvy couple that wants to make the most of their cash gift registry:
Eliminate Credit Card Debt
For brides and grooms that already have substantial credit card debt, undertaking the often-hefty costs of a
wedding can be a recipe for disaster. A bridal cash registry (or even a wedding wishing well or online wishing
well) can help couples pay down existing and wedding-related debt, and ease financial related stress.
Pay off Student Loans
Student loan debt is on the rise, leaving many college-educated brides and grooms burdened by costly monthly
payments. A wedding cash registry is ideal for helping to pay off education-related debts so that the new couple
can save for the future or invest their money in a new home, car or other post-wedding necessities.
Start a Long-Term Savings Plan
Using money from a wedding registry to deposit into a long-term retirement savings plan is an ideal option for a
frugal bride that likes to plan ahead. What better way to celebrate embarking toward the future together, than by
planning for it?
What You Need To Know For A Perfect Couples Gift Wedding RegistryWhen you and your betrothed start adding
gift card items to your wedding registry, don't be afraid to add things that are over-the-top, expensive, or just a
bit elaborate. Focus on choosing personalized gifts items that you can both envision as part of your new shared
life together based upon your shared preferences, not the price tags. Have your wedding registry with more than one
store. This way, you can accommodate a range of budgets and sensibilities. You'll be more likely to receive wedding
gifts from those who can afford to buy expensive items, as well as from those whose budget may not as big as their
hearts. When you are buying someone a
wedding gift you should do your best to buy something that is listed in the wedding registry. This is a good
idea because people tend to put things they feel they really need on the registry so you will not be wasting
money on something that is of no use to them.
Wedding RegistryWhen you're planning a wedding bridal shower, there are a lot of things to juggle. It can
be a tough task even with the help of friends, family and experienced wedding planners. Here are some great tips to
make sure you feel confident about every aspect of your wedding, from the centerpieces to the rental fees. Make
sure that everyone in your wedding party knows how they're getting to the wedding site and back home from your
wedding! This is especially important if you're going to be serving alcohol and essential if it's an open bar. If
you're worried about anyone getting too inebriated, offer free cab rides to anyone who doesn't bring a car, or
drive them home in your limo. Make sure that you carefully consider what to include in your vows, as they will be
something that your future spouse remembers forever. Understand that marriage is a very strong commitment that
requires the both of you to make sacrifices. Your vows should fully capture your feelings and dedication to your
partner. If you are using a wedding planner, it is important that you work with them to make the seating
arrangements. You know your guests, so you know who should be seated with whom. A wedding planner is just going to
randomly put people together, which could end up causing tension and stress at your wedding reception. Unless you
are throwing a gala event, keep the guest list realistic and keep it small. Invite the most important people in
your life first; family and close friends. Do not branch out much further than this and it will keep your wedding
intimate and make sure that you have time to socialize with everyone you invite. Too many guests will keep your
running trying to acknowledge them all. Send your wedding guests off with a sweet treat gift to thank them for
their support by handing out small takeout containers of warm cookies paired with small glass bottles of organic
vanilla, chocolate, or soy milk. You can use twine and small stamped or embossed name tags with the couple's name
and wedding date. If you want a high-end wedding but can't afford it, you can save some money by reducing your
guest list. Catering costs, venue size, and other considerations can be reduced to a more manageable bill allowing
you to go all out on your dress, cake, and flowers with the money you've saved. Silk flowers are an attractive
alternative to expensive floral arrangements at a wedding. You can buy silk flowers well in advance to avoid the
stress of getting fresh flowers a few days before the wedding. If you are going to be spending a lot of money on
various items for your wedding, use a rewards credit card. This card will allow you to earn a lot of points, which
you can use on the flight for your honeymoon. Make sure to pay on time to avoid interest fees. Alert your caterer
to the fact that you would like your reception to be held outdoors. Some foods do not last in the heat, or may not
stay on plates if it's too windy. There are, however, good covers available to protect the dishes. If you need to,
have a small refrigerator handy to cool down drinks. If you are working with a very limited budget, choose for
floral stems and blooms that give you the most for your money. Robust, full blooms like blue, purple, and pink
hydrangeas have a great deal of volume; even as few as three or four of the flower heads can have a stunning impact
as part of your bouquet or a centerpiece. You might need permits to have an outdoor reception, especially if you
want to do this in a state park or on the beach. Ask your local authorities about what kind of permits you need to
get. You might have to clean up the place afterward, or might not be allowed to use candles. If dramatic floral
arrangements are out of your budget, you can use a variety of different potted plants instead. Plants can be
dressed up with ribbons, silk flowers, lights, or painted ceramic pots to dress them up. Once the wedding is over,
it is possible for guests to take home the potted plants as a memento of the wedding, or the newlyweds may want to
plant them around their new home. Do not let small honeymoon registry details upset you.
Everything might not go as planned, and you might have to find alternatives. You should do your best to plan ahead
of time and have backup plans in case things fall through. Do not blow candles things out of proportions and
remember that details will not change your wedding.