Every bride is different and although they may all be a bit (or totally) crazed, no two wedding celebrations are ever the same. With every detail planned to the couple's specific tastes, from the music to the flowers, food and seating arrangements, no detail goes unnoticed including the gift registry. With modern day bride's moving away from traditional gift registries, many opt for more unique gift options that allow these happy couples to make more considered choices.
Instead of pots and pans, today's couples-to-be want gift cards, homes and a chance to make the world a better place. Here are six unique online registries for every type of bride:
THE ROMANTIC: Lingerie Registry
If there ever was a gift designed for the groom, this is it. BedroomIsBoutique.com (pronounced "bedroom eyes boutique") carries trendy and classic "Just Married" pieces suitable for brides of every age and style. Brides (and grooms) can register online for a limitless selection of lingerie that's perfect for creating a more romantic honeymoon celebration.
THE TRAVEL LOVER: Honeymoon Registry
With all the funds going directly to the wedding, many couples postpone their honeymoon. For a bride who loves to travel, she won't let the wedding celebration stop her from exploring exotic destinations. That's why HoneyFund.com is a popular registry choice for bride's and groom's who have their heart set on a romantic getaway. The site allows you to request cash for everything from airfare to a special breakfast to make your honeymoon memorable.
THE SAVVY SAVER: Home Savings Registry
Responsible bride's want to put all their cash gifts into a savings account with the hopes of buying a home where the happy new couple can settle down. At HatchMyHouse.com, couples can request money towards a future home or even just furniture and home improvements.
THE GOOD-HEARTED: Donation Registries
More modern couples are shunning actual gifts and asking friends and family to donate to their favorite charities. Through the I DO Foundation, guests can donate directly to a couple's chosen charitable cause via a secure system. Charities are grouped into six focus areas including health, environment, social justice, community development, education and children, youth and families.
THE SOPHISTICATED: Wine Registry
Couples can create wish lists at the popular WineEnthusiast.com for everything a wine devotee would want, from stemware, corkscrews and accessories to selections from the The Wine Enthusiast Catalog's wine cellars. Most items are available gift wrapped and also offers a toll-free number to assist gift givers.
THE MODERN DAY BRIDE: Gift Card Registry
Traditional wedding registries are filled with bed linens and kitchenware, but modern day brides and grooms already have a house stocked with such staples. However, asking directly for money can be extremely uncomfortable and frowned upon. Happily, there's a new way around this delicate situation. CardAvenue.com allows couples to register for gift cards from select stores and lets friends know about their choices via email. So if the couple is dreaming of an expensive new couch, guests have the option of giving money towards the purchase in the form of a gift card.Andrea Woroch is an established consumer-savings expert passionate about helping individuals discover financial freedom. You can check her out at AndreaWoroch.com