Simply by registering with one of the partner stores below, you can raise charitable contributions for the I Do Foundation. Up to 8% of guests’ gift purchases from these partner stores will be donated to your selected charity. These donations are made at no additional cost to you or your guests.*
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My friends had always raved about Crate and Barrel’s registry and I have purchased many gifts from them. It’s always fun to watch engaged couples in the store scanning the items that they want and having a debate on whether or not they really need five different types of forks. It seems that people are often trying to fill up their registries with goodies that may never be used (can we say “Oxo ® Soap Dispensing Palm Brush”) rather than things that would really be useful in the long run. However, I found that the Crate and Barrel site has put together a registry guide to help in the planning process and notes 50 things you should know before you register. Some of the advice given is common sense, but they do have a few good pointers especially on the quantity of items that you should get. I would suggest to give it a quick click through just to get a few ideas on things to keep in mind before you go scan-happy at your next visit with your fiancee to the store. You can get to the guide from the front page of the Registry area on the C&B site.
The government Aruba is now letting honeymoon couples register their honeymoon directly through their website, Aruba.com. You can offer to purchase anything from chocolates to trips or just gift certificates to let the newlyweds decide what to do with your gift. So if your honeymoon is in Aruba, take a look here for your wedding registry before you register for yet another set of pots.
As couples are getting married at a later stage and usually have everything they need, there is a growing trend towards having a registry for charity. Perhaps my analysis is incorrect on why more people are going this route, maybe it’s just the fact that we have a great self-less society that wants to use every opportunity to give back to the community. Personally, I would prefer to register for more traditional items as I feel people would like to choose where their money goes to and may not believe in the same causes. Don’t get me wrong, I think that charitable donations are a great idea, but I would probably steer away from it as a registry and perhaps make donations as the wedding favor. This way the money is coming directly out of you own pocket and you are still helping a cause that you believe in. In any case, there are now sites out there that help those who want to have a registry for their charities. I didn’t interact with them much as I knew I wasn’t going to use it, but it may be something that others are interested in.
The best one I found was http://www.justgive.org/weddings/index.jsp that has a section dedicated for wedding registries.
If you’re looking to add a little ‘green’ to your wedding, try registering for environmentally friendly products by adding a Green Wedding Registry from 3rLiving. You can add table ware from recycled glass or towels made with organic cotton.
Click here to start your Green Wedding Registry.
Found this article stating that Amazon’s top wedding registry gift is the Nintendo Wii. Read the full article below on the Nintendo Wii.
“Forget Calphalon pans and that plated cutlery you’ll almost certainly never use after a few months, married couples are now asking for exactly what they want for a wedding present: a Wii.
That’s right, at the top of Amazon’s popular Wedding Registry is everyone’s favorite (and currently unavailable via Amazon) little console that could. Surpassing even the Pyrex 10-Piece Storage Set with Lids, the Wii is set to be the glue in many marriages to come, provided of course one of the spouses isn’t significantly better at Wii Baseball than the other. And trust this author, there is no better foreplay than a sticky round or two of Wii Boxing.”