Q&A: Are there alternatives to traditional gift registries? - Wedding Registry Ideas

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Are There Alternatives to Traditional Gift Registries?


The answer, brides and grooms will be pleased to know, is that it's perfectly acceptable to register for charitable donations to an organization, a trip to the tropics, and other nontraditional gifts. While traditional gifts like china, tableware, and linens are always in style, today's couples may also register for stocks and mutual funds, gift certificates, camping equipment, and sporting goods. When used appropriately, these registries can provide guests with relevant gift choices, helping to ensure that couples receive items they can use and truly enjoy as well as items that their guests enjoy giving.

If you've registered for something that may seem unusual to some, feel free to arm your friends and family with the reasons why you chose this particular registry. "They've always dreamed of a trip to China." Or "they're hoping to save enough money for a down payment on a house." You may graciously tell an inquirer about your wishes too, when asked. It's also a good idea to register for a few traditional items. Undoubtedly, there will be guests who prefer giving more traditional gifts.

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