One of the most exciting parts of preparing for your wedding is selecting the items to go on your registry. As generations have changed, so too have our wedding registry habits. These days, couples may already have all the basic household items they need, and maybe are looking for something a little outside the box. Beyond the normal knife sets and crystal glassware selections are a plethora of great items you and your future spouse will love.

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A Gift That Keeps Giving

We’re living in the heyday of subscription services; pretty much anything you want, you can have delivered straight to your doorstep. If you think you might have been a sommelier in another life, check out a subscription to a wine service. If one of you is a kitchen maven, try out a produce box so you can whip up delicious, fresh recipes. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, ask for a sweetness injection with a weekly cookie subscription. From makeup deliveries to boxes filled with treats and toys designed for your furry friends, you can pick and choose out of a mass variety of services. And the best part about this registry idea? You can each ask for a different subscription service and get a present designed specifically for you. Talk about wedded bliss.

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Practical Style

It’s a great idea to get some practical items, and why not choose those dripping with style? Maybe you already have a lot of the basic kitchen equipment you need, so consider asking for useful, modern design products like those found at www.touchofmodern.com. From wall art to high-tech items you won’t believe you’ve ever lived without, they’ve got it all. Good luck not adding every single thing to your list!

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A Year Full Of Fun

Are you a museum junkie? Or maybe you love the zoo a bit more than the average person? Put an annual membership to your favorite institution on your registry. Date nights will be easy to plan, and you’ll be able to visit your favorite place all year long alongside your favorite person.

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Spa Package

We know about the importance of relaxing before the wedding, but what about after? There’s no better way to wind down from a hectic whirlwind of wedding planning than a couple’s day at a luxurious spa. Request a gift certificate to your favorite spa treatment center, and start your first year of marriage with a stress-relieving massage and some well-deserved pampering.

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Game Sets

Who says marriage can’t be fun? Register for some outdoor games like bocce ball, corn hole, or ladder golf to make your backyard into game central. If you’re in an apartment and don’t have a yard, ask for some classic board games to add some vintage fusion to your next game night.

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Down Payment Funds

Are you saving up for your future home? Let your wedding guests help you with the process. There are websites, like Down Payment Dreams, set up to make it easy for family and friends to contribute directly to your housing costs and down payment fees. Both practical and easy, this option is a stress-reducer and can help with many other housing issues down the road, including financing. There’s no better gift than a wonderful home, so let your loved ones help you on your way.

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Give Back

If you’re running out of things to ask for, maybe see what you can do for others. Ask those on your registry to donate to a cause close to your heart, and feel great about making someone else’s day. Direct family and friends to a specific cause where they can make a donation in honor of your wedding day, or use a website that provides options for wedding guests to donate to different charitable organizations.

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Honeymoon Help

Once you’ve enjoyed your wedding day and are ready to jet off on your fantastic honeymoon, make sure the first vacation you take as a married couple is one you’ll never forget. Family and friends can donate money to your honeymoon plans, and take the stress off of paying for an elaborate vacation right after your wedding. Use an easy dedicated website for the donations, and go on the trip of a lifetime.

Try out some of these alternative registry ideas, and make sure you get to open gifts you love instead of obligatory items that you’ll never use. Guests will thank you for the easy ideas, and your wedding day will be a thing to remember.