In this day and age, registries are very controversial. For the older or more conservative types, telling people you want gifts and specifically, which ones, can be alienating. On the contrary, the opposite argument is "well, if you're going to spend money, you may as well know what we want!" Registries can be tricky, but if you're setting up a new home, check out these unique ones you may want to consider.
1. Heath Ceramics. If you're the design-specific type and want your china to match your personality, registering at a specialized ceramics design house is a good bet. Chic and modern, Heath Ceramics allows you to register for everything from linens to flatware.
2. MyRegistry. This one is the shopper's dream. Pull wishlist items from any shopping website you can image. Love those tea towels from West Elm but want Crate & Barrel china? Put them side by side on this one master list. (Also: for those wishing for a West Elm wedding registry, this is a good way to make one!) Free to join.
3. What if you have all you need, but can't pay for your dream honeymoon? Check out Honey Fund, a site that allows you to tailor honeymoon activities into gifts that folks can buy for you. Horse & carriage ride down the Champs-Elysées? Put it on the registry. Free to join.
4. Hatch My House is another alternative for those in need of renovations or a down payment on a house. Put specific repairs, renovations or design improvement goals, and let guests have their choice. I also personally love their "is it rude?" section. Free to join.
5. For the soft hearted (or those who already have a full set of china), consider a charitable organization to benefit from your wedding. JustGive.org allows couples to choose their favorite charities and suggest that gifts be sent directly to those in need. Free to join.
(Image: Heath Ceramics Registries)