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With the excitement of planning an engagement comes the fun of registering for your new life as a married couple. But what does that registry look like for you and your fiancé? In today's wedding world, not all registries are alike. Follow our guide to figure out which type of registry makes the most sense for you as a couple:
The Traditional Store Registry
In-store registries are for couples looking to start a home together. If you've never lived together, or moved in with a hodgepodge of dishes and towels from previous living situations, consider this registry option tried and true. An in-store registry, whether it's at department stores like Bloomingdale's or Macy's, or sites like Amazon or Snowe, will get you the basics for a home together — bath towels, dinnerware, linens, and more — and it will help you find your taste as a couple. These registries are also great for the bride planning showers or engagement parties. Guests often prefer bringing tangible gifts, and ones you actually want. As for the couple just looking to expand their home collection, create a smaller in-store registry with only must-have choices, then choose a second registry for your list.
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The Honeymoon Registry
So you and your fiancé have lived together for years and your house is pretty complete. What next? How about the honeymoon of a lifetime. With websites like Honeyfund your guests can contribute to your dream vacation. This site is for the couple who has it all and would rather have the gift of experiences over dishes. You pick any destination around the world and guests can gift you a plethora of options from contributing to your airfare or hotel stay to offering you an amazing experience like a spa day or snorkeling. You create your dream list, they fulfill it. Simple as that.
The House-Fund Registry
If you and your fiancé are dreaming of your starter home, think about this registry as an option. A house fund, like Hatch My House, allows guests to contribute towards a down payment on your dream home. This is for couples who have open-minded guests that would consider a home fund the same as writing a check. At least this way, they know exactly where that money is going! Consider a second registry of home items to fill your new house for those guests who might feel wary about a monetary gift.
The Charity Registry
This registry is for the philanthropic couple. Your heart is into giving back. If this describes you and your fiancé, choose a registry that focuses on your favorite charities. By registering at a site like the I Do Foundation, you can pick your favorite cause for guests to donate to. Not only will guests love honoring you, they'll feel extra good about doing it (and get a tax deduction)!
The No Registry At All
We can admit it, between choosing what you like and asking guests to spend money on you, registering can be awkward. If you both feel too uncomfortable, or just have everything you already need, consider skipping a registry altogether. This is a great option for couples having a small wedding. For larger weddings, keep in mind that not having a registry might mean you end up with gifts you don't want. But that's okay! It's the thought that counts — and there's always that return policy.