Connecting New York City brides and grooms with items from dozens of local, independently-owned vendors, NewlyWish was launched earlier this year by husband and wife team Robard Williams and Amanda Allen. Not only does this fabulous resource offer the goods and services of local vendors, but they also tout eco-friendly goods for the kitchen, table, bed, bath, and living spaces. Love it!
With the vision to create "a network comprised of New York City's vibrant array of stores and service providers, available through a single, online portal, so that engaged couples can use their full imaginations in selecting gifts," NewlyWish was born.
The registry process can be overwhelming from the get go. Then add the pressure to register for the "right" things—china, silver, crystal bowls, and expensive kitchen tools you won't ever use (unless you're a chef)—and you'll find yourself with a new part-time job. Why go through this if it's not your style? Now you don't have to. In addition to offering goods, NewlyWish offers services and experiences, like dance and cooking lessons and interior design services.
Perhaps I'm biased because I'm convinced we're moving to an experiential economy where people will seek experiences—creative endeavors, crafting and cooking lessons, learning experiences—instead of the cheap product offered by the mega-boom of past years. Awesome that this new online wedding registry allows brides and grooms to register for experiences where they can spend quality time together as well as eco-friendly versions of the standard array of home goods associated with traditional registries.