While sailing through the aisles of Macy's with a scanning gun might be some engaged couples' idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon, plenty of others cringe at the thought.
Fear not, non-traditional brides and grooms, you don't have to endure "Sip and Scan" nights or pick out expensive dishes just because you're about to say "I Do." We've put together a list of six great online wedding registry alternatives that don't require a trip to a big box department store. Are we missing any great ones? Let us know in the comments.
<a href="http://www.honeyfund.com/" target="_hplink">Honeyfund</a> was created when <a href="http://www.honeyfund.com/AboutUs" target="_hplink">Josh and Sara Margulis</a> set out to find a honeymoon registry for their own post-wedding trip to Fiji. But after finding that many registries had high fees or expensive travel bookings, the couple decided to create their own free honeymoon registry. With Honeyfund, couples can select honeymoon-related gifts (such as a airfare, brunch for two, a romantic tour, etc.) that guests can purchase for them. Guests can then print a certificate showing which gift they purchased and bring it to the wedding. Couples can view gifts they've received and keep track of thank-you notes on the website.
Gift Registry 360
<a href="http://www.giftregistry360.com/" target="_hplink">GiftRegistry360</a> allows couples to add products from multiple retailers onto one simple registry list. Couples can either choose to add items to their registry by retailer or by category, or choose to use the Gift Registry 360 bookmarklet tool. Guests can view the couple's list, and then click through to the retailer's site to make a purchase.
Deposit A Gift
<a href="http://www.depositagift.com/" target="_hplink">Deposit a Gift</a> is a cash gift registry service that allows couples to create a gift list for monetary contributions. Couples can list any type of gift they'd like (whether that be a new set of sheets or a fund to save up for their first house) and guests can make contributions towards the items on the list.
<a href="http://www.merciregistry.com/welcome" target="_hplink">Merci Registry</a>, one of the prettiest online alternatives, allows couples to register for items from anywhere on the web, from Etsy, to Home Depot to your local spa. Couples can also ask for donations for big purchases (such as a first home or honeymoon), and organize their thank-you notes post-nuptials.
I Do Foundation
With the <a href="https://www.idofoundation.org" target="_hplink">I Do Foundation</a>, you can either choose a Charity registry, which allows you to create a registry for direct donations to your selected charity, or an "I Do" gift registry, which is partnered with your favorite department stores to donate up to 6 percent of the spending on your gift registry to your selected charity.
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