10 Unique and Overlooked Must-haves for Your Wedding Gift Registry

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While wedding registries are as popular as ever in 2024, we can all admit they’re getting predictable and dull. Does any wedding guest get excited over purchasing cookware or oven mitts for their friends tying the knot? I think not. Recently, people revealed the most unique and overlooked must-haves for your wedding gift registry. Here’s what should be on everyone’s list!

1. A Honeymoon Fund

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Let’s face it: You now have all the necessary kitchenware and bedsheets you need. It’s time for your loved ones to put their money where their mouths are and pony up for your honeymoon! A wedding is prohibitively expensive these days, and a honeymoon isn’t much cheaper, so it’s in your best interest to start a honeymoon fund in your registry so people can dutifully donate as much money as possible. Before you know it, you’ll ride jet skis across the Caribbean on your friends and family’s dime!

2. Ski Equipment

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I loved snowboarding when I was younger, and I rode down countless slopes in the Poconos Mountains with cheap boots and an even cheaper snowboard. I’d always wanted to rekindle my passion for riding, but it’s expensive. I don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars for ski and snowboard equipment for my girlfriend and me, but I wouldn’t say no to other people buying it! Including it on a wedding registry is an easy way to get back into any activity you love without spending money on the necessary equipment.

3. A Home Bar and Bar Supplies

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Every person’s dream is to have the ultimate home bar set up in their home (although maybe that’s just me). Either way, putting a high-end bar cart and accompanying bar supplies on your registry is a great way to spice up your list without being too mundane. Be prepared, though: Once your friends and family know you have a legitimate bar in your house, they will never want to leave!

4. A Quality Luggage Set

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If you’re anything like me, you’re still lugging around suitcases you bought from Marshall’s for $60, and they’re starting to get a little worse for the wear. I genuinely hate the idea of buying new luggage sets for myself (in fact, I can’t imagine a less enjoyable way of spending money). However, I’m on board with others gifting me a quality luggage set, and you should, too!

5. A High-end Espresso Machine

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Buying my girlfriend a Breville espresso machine for her birthday last year was one of the best decisions I could make in all but one way: Financially. Good, homemade espresso is hard to brew, and these machines are far more expensive than I ever dreamed (thank goodness for Amazon monthly payments). However, it got me thinking: These would make excellent gifts to include in a wedding registry! It’s the one kitchen upgrade that most people would love to have!

6. Cold, Hard Cash

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It’s time for all couples to be honest with themselves: They’d prefer cash above any gift from a registry. While many believe it’s tacky to simply ask for money as a wedding gift, including a “cold, hard cash” fund on your registry takes away some of the tackiness, don’t you think? If money is what you desire, your guests will be more inclined to give it to you if it’s easily clickable on a website.

7. A Private Photo Session

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While you’ll have plenty of time for photo opportunities before, during, and after your wedding, there’s arguably nothing cooler than receiving a private photo session as a gift! Depending on the photographer, your photo shoot can be edgy, intimate, or just plain weird. Whatever you choose, you and your significant other will have a fantastic memory of being photographed together and some seriously incredible photos to commemorate the occasion!

8. New Kitchen Appliances

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If you’ve been eyeing a state-of-the-art Samsung WiFi-enabled refrigerator or Viking range, but it’s out of your price range, don’t fret: Add it to the wedding registry! Surprisingly, many people report they’re more inclined to give money towards a significant gift if they know it’s something you genuinely want and care about. So what are you waiting for? Start complaining about your old, rusty refrigerator on social media now and lay the groundwork for the wedding gift of a lifetime!

9. Funding for a Home Remodel

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Like new appliances, you can use your registry to fund whatever you want, big or small. Many couples admit they added an item to their registry that just says, “Funding for Home Remodel,” and were consistently surprised at how many people contributed! Use your wedding registry to your advantage if you’ve ever wanted to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom (or even need something mundane like a new roof). You’ll be surprised how generous your friends and family can be!

10. Couples Classes

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One of the most exciting and unique things you can add to your wedding registry is experiences like couples classes! Taking a cooking class, art class, or wine-tasting tour together takes all the guesswork out of planning date nights, leading to some incredible memories. Most wedding guests are happy to contribute to experiences like these, so don’t be shy when adding these to your registry!

The Pros and Cons of a Honeymoon Registry

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Instead of registering for household items, your guests can contribute to your dream honeymoon! But is a honeymoon registry right for you? Here are the pros and cons to help you decide.

The Best Wedding Registry Sites & Stores in 2024

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Need help choosing the best wedding registry for you and your partner? Check out this list of our top suggestions for wedding registries in 2024.

The Best Cash Wedding Registry Options in 2024

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Looking for the most flexible wedding registry? Money talks! Learn about the top cash wedding registry options for your big day gifts.

Should I Reach Out to My Wedding Guests That RSVP’d and No-Showed?

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What do you do about guests who confirm they plan to attend but then ghost on the big day? One bride asks how to handle this dilemma. See how the internet reacted!

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