Say No to Traditional Registry "Rules": Unexpected Gift Trends for the Newly Engaged

Say No to Traditional Registry "Rules": Unexpected Gift Trends for the Newly Engaged

Yelena Moroz
Jan 6, 2017

You can only register for so many dish towels—good thing we did a bit of homework to give you a little cheat sheet of wedding registry items that go beyond the staples.

Cue Lizzy Ellingson, co-founder of Blueprint Registry, an online registry that lets couples customize their wish list by room with items from dozens of retailers. We asked for Lizzy's expert guidance on what couples are asking for that go beyond the traditional and expected—whether it's a contribution to a dream honeymoon or that designer coffee table you've always wanted. Now, go forth and start scanning and clicking to your hearts' content.

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Group Gifts

Just when you thought the likes of Design Within Reach was out of your, well, reach, there is hope in the guise of "group gifting." You can now register for pricier items, be it Eames molded chairs, or a rug from West Elm. While you can have family and friends spread the word about your lust items, Blueprint Registry has a unique group button that lets you divide the price, such as four $50 gifts for a $200 chandelier. You can also break down the price into specific amounts, say a $1,000 couch that can be split into two $500 contributions for parents and 10 $100 contributions for friends.


Board games are having a moment, probably because we're all craving a bit more authentic "face time" with family and friends. Chances are, your version of Trivial Pursuit could use an upgrade, especially with so many games on the market—from Spank the Yeti to Obama Llama. Perfect for when you decide to hang out with friends in lieu of a night out. Then again, Comma Cat Pile, Jenga-like stackable cat-shaped blocks, will keep you and your sweets occupied when you decide to be homebodies.

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Eclectic Dinnerware Sets

Farewell, fancy and traditional china set that is bound to spend most of its life boxed up. Hello, dishes with character and color! It's not uncommon for newlyweds to amp up their entertaining factor, so why not charm guests with eclectic ceramics from Anthropologie. Bonus: Even Cheerios will taste more festive when you spoon them out of a pretty bowl.

Experiential Gifts / Cash / Gift Cards

It's not uncommon for couples who live together before they are married to be a little stumped on what to register for, since they probably have already started building their home style long before the official I Dos. Millennials, in particular, prefer this type of capital instead of yet another set of bowls. For the couple who has everything, honeymoon registries and charity donations are gaining momentum as well. And, if you're worried about etiquette, requesting cash is no longer tacky if it's done in an organized way.

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Technology & Electronics

Functional items no longer play second fiddle to luxe registry items. Couples are thinking practically and looking to make their house a well-equipped home by asking for everything from Roku streaming players to Bose SoundDocks. While you may not think that vacuuming is a sexy way to start your life as newlyweds, you might change your mind when you (or your partner) get your hands on a Dyson.

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