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Do you and your to-be have so much stemware that you can open a wine bar?

It’s likely that between the two of you, all your kitchen, appliance, and towel needs have long been met. So why create a traditional wedding registry?

Instead, why not ask for something you really want like a two-week cruise to Alaska? Or a down payment on a house? Or maybe you really do want to open that wine bar.

Here are a few websites that will help you create a contemporary wedding registry that will allow your guests to contribute to something more valuable than a gravy boat:

Fly me to the ’moon

Sure, both of you are looking forward to your wedding day, but you’re really excited about having a honeymoon. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Many couples are opting to create a honeymoon registry to subsidize their post-nuptial plans. Honeyfund.com is without a doubt the most popular honeymoon registry site around and you can include any activity you and your partner want to engage in during the getaway like romantic dinners, couples massages, horseback riding, and zip-lining. High-ticket items, like airline tickets, can be broken up into “shares” (for instance, a thousand-dollar ticket can be broken up into 10 shares at $100 per share) and guests can print a certificate of their “gift” and bring that to the wedding.

This old house

Could you use a new kitchen? Want to refinish your wooden deck? Hatchmyhouse.com is the site for you. This interactive site allows you to share your remodeling goals with your guests, enabling them to help make your extreme home makeover dream a reality. Guests can choose to contribute to anything, like a renovated basement or French doors – the only limit is your imagination. The site also allows you to ask for contributions to the down payment or purchase of your dream home, as does Uponourstar.com, where you can request donations be made towards “wishes, not stuff.”

It’s all about the Benjamins

A site like Depositagift.com allows you to raise funds towards the purchase of a house, but you can also use it to crowd fund a boat, a large ticket item, or even your own business. Instead of using a site like Kickstarter or Indie-a-Gogo to raise capital, you can create a sweet and pretty site that asks guests to contribute to your American dream.

Pay it forward

We get it. Your house was featured in “Dwell” magazine and you and your soon-to-be are comfortably, if not well, off. You don’t need any gifts, but your friends and family want to commemorate the occasion in a meaningful way. The I Do Foundation lets you create a “charity registry” enabling guests to make donations directly to your charity of choice creating a win-win-win situation (you, your guests, and a deserving nonprofit).

But what if you need a new microwave and you want to help out the stray kitties in your neighborhood?

The Foundation teamed up with the “Wedding Channel” to make your life easier. For every gift purchased through your “Wedding Channel” registry, department stores donate up to three percent of the gift price to your favorite charity. Still win-win-win!

One for all

OK, fine. Maybe you really do want a bunch of household items, like gravy boat. You actually found a cool, funky, ’70s-style gravy boat on Etsy that would make a cute addition to your retro table settings — and you also really want a sterling silver cheese serving set from Tiffany’s — but you can only register at one place, right?


Create one wedding registry that allows you to register items from different sites, such as the Knot’s giftregistry360.com, enabling you to add products from popular retailers such as Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma, all on one registry.

Another all-in-one is Merci Registry, which provides you the option of linking out to any product from anywhere, including those from boutique shops and Etsy, enabling you to list everything your hearts desire on one site.

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