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4 Hot Wedding Registry Trends

Looking to skip the usual pots and pans registry? Here are four new trends to embrace!

Photo: Courtesy of Cloud 9 Living

For some people, creating a registry is one of the most fun things about planning a wedding. Combing through stores to pick out great items without laying down any cash certainly sounds like a pretty good deal. But if going through stacks of fine china and sheet sets winds up feeling more like a chore for you, consider spicing things up with one of these trendy new alternative registry ideas.

Lifestyle Registries

In addition to the pots and pans you so desperately need, register for a little postwedding fun. With a lifestyle registry through a company like Cloud 9 Living, you can ask for things like private guitar lessons, a relaxing wine tour for two or tickets to a fun local event or activity. If you prefer presents that are a little more personal, try The Center for a New American Dream’s Alternative Gift Registry. Here, you can register for nonmaterial gifts like “your favorite family recipes for our next dinner party” or “help cleaning out our car.”

Bar Basics

If you love playing host, indulge in an at-home mini bar as part of your registry. Start by picking out your favorite liquor cabinet, martini glasses and ice case. Then, add essentials like corkscrews, strainers, juice squeezers and swizzle sticks. You can even set up an exotic wine registry on a site like Bottlenotes. Since most bar necessities are fairly inexpensive compared to more common registry items like rugs and lighting, it's a win-win for both you and your guests. They'll love the price, and you'll love all the great parties that follow.

Charity Registries

Yes, your wedding day is all about you and your partner, but why not share the spotlight with your favorite cause? Set up a charitable gift registry with an organization like the I Do Foundation, which will guide guests through the process of contributing to your chosen organization. Or register for more traditional gifts with one of the foundation’s partner retailers, which will contribute a portion of your guests’ purchases to your chosen charity at no additional cost.

Game Night

Who says you can't be a kid again? Add your favorite board and video games to your registry. Big retailers like Amazon.com and Macy’s are great places to look for these playful items in addition to more standard gifts. A few classic board games like Scrabble and Monopoly will make your new digs feel more like a real home and provide tons of fun nights for the two of you. And while you may never splurge on a cool new Wii system, chances are one of your guests won’t mind at all!

-- Charli Penn

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