With more couples living together before marriage and waiting longer before becoming engaged, the wedding gift registry has changed in the past few years. Whereas 40 years ago, our parents were registering for crystal and china patterns, the modern bride is more likely to have a small registry of a few items or secretly hope for money to put towards the cost of the wedding.
In lieu of your traditional department store Bridal Registry, here are some other options to consider:
Charitable Donations: Donations to charity are becoming popular in weddings; whether it be to “buy” a kiss from the bride and groom, or to have the proceeds of a cash bar go towards the couple’s favorite charity. Couples may also ask for donations to a specific cause as a way of honoring a family member who has passed away. However, if you are looking at charitable donations in lieu of gifts, here are a couple of organizations that specifically have Wedding Registries:
Oxfam Canada - Oxfam is a global charity that works to find lasting solutions to poverty all over the world. Have your wedding guests gift a goat, a beehive, a donkey, seeds, solar panels, emergency toilets, and more to a village in need.
CanadaHelps.org - Canada Helps is the only organization that provides access to all of Canada’s 80,000 registered charities. Once you set up a “Giving Page”, you can choose the charity (or charities) of your choice for guests to make donations to. You can choose national charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society, or you can go local with options such as the Edmonton Humane Society or the Edmonton Heritage Festival. (Edmonton alone has over 500 registered charities listed!)
Honeymoon / Travel Registries: If you don’t need any more “stuff” to clutter up your place, a great option to consider is a Honeymoon Registry. Guests can make online monetary contributions to your dream honeymoon. For Canadian residents, try these sites:
DreamBank - is the ultimate “gift registry”. This Canadian registry allows you to choose anything (and I mean ANYTHING!) at all that you want to register for – a down payment on a house, a piece of artwork, home renovations, or his & her bicycles. You upload your “dream” gift and attach a price value to it. Guests can use a credit card or PayPal to contribute towards your dream gift and in turn, DreamBank donates 10% of all net transaction revenue to charity. (Registrants are given a choice of charities to associate their dream gift with.)
This registry is also great for birthdays or anniversaries as you can literally register for anything that you want!