wedding registry sue jacobs cakes santiago photographyYou receive a wedding invitation in the mail and enclosed is a link to a Wedding Registry.   What exactly is a wedding registry and what is the point of them?

“A Bridal Registry or Wedding Registry, is a service provided by a website or retail store that assists engaged couples in the communication of gift preferences to the wedding guests. Selecting items from store stock, the couple lists desired items and files this list with the chosen merchant. The list is then made available to wedding guests, either by the couple’s family or by the merchant. Upon the purchase of a listed item, the merchant updates the gift registry accordingly. In addition to providing valuable information for the buyer, the system helps prevent the receipt of duplicate or unwanted gifts, potentially saving time for both giver and recipient.” wikipedia.com

Many couples are opting for new non-traditional wedding registry items and ideas.

Here are a few of our favorite unique and fun ideas according to brides.com

*Classes or activities: Wanting to learn how to cook, dance or even ski together? The new trend in registries is to have your guests help pay for your new adventures together.

*Monthly subscription: Another popular registry is the gift of subscriptions. You can register for food, wine, or even cigars to be delivered every month for a long lasting wedding gift.

*A honeyfund: Couples can register for help with flights to their honeymoon, excursions, food on their trip or even for a rental car.

*Gift card registry: Couples are enjoying varies different activities and products by registering for a variety of gift cards.

Each couple has unique needs and wants. There is no longer a one size fits all type of registry.  The Wedding Registry has gone to a whole new level! Image by Santiago Photography.