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Add a New Kitchen to Your Wedding List

So it’s been a few months since he got down on one knee and asked you to be his wife. You replied with a resounding yes and now you’re knee-deep in planning for perfect big day. You’ve found the dress, secured the venue, ordered the food, sent off the invites and everything from the flowers down to the music has been organised. And then there’s the bridal registry. What should you ask for?

A bridal registry is a service provided by a department store or online retailer to assist couples in communicating their gift preferences to their wedding guests. The purpose of one is to essentially help guests to avoid the embarrassing situation of buying the same items twice. The soon-to-be-marrieds simply make a list of their wedding wish list and the guests are invited to purchase items off the list. Upon the purchase of a listed item the gift registry is updated accordingly.

Deciding which presents you’d like to receive for your wedding is just one of the many very enjoyable parts of wedding planning. While bridal registries were traditionally used to help the new couple set up their own home, a couple in this day and age may find that they already have everything from furniture, lamps, spoons and kitchen appliances, so a traditional bridal registry may not work for you.

Latest figures show that as many as 60 per cent of couples live together before tying the knot, so while home ware was once very popular, it’s probably worth being somewhat more imaginative and inventive when devising a gift list. Couples are now looking for more inventive ideas for their gift list, so here are some ideas to inspire you:

1 Ask for a honeymoon

Why not? The average wedding now costs around $31,000, it’s no surprise that there’s often not enough money spare to go towards a dream honeymoon. So, there’s nothing shameful about asking guests to contribute to something that you need and adds value to your life.  As a thank-you note, you could take lots of photos while on your honeymoon, and send them out to guests as thank-you cards to show them what you experienced with their generous contributions.

2 Make an ‘experience list’

Get together with your partner and make a list of things you’d like to do, from afternoon tea for two to a parachute jump. Then work out the cost of each experience, making sure there’s something to suit a wide range of budgets, and give it to your guests as a wedding list. They can then choose what they’d like to ‘buy’ and you can take the cash and tick each experience off the list as you do it over the next few months.