As with EVERY.OTHER.THING about our wedding, we went a little non-traditional for our gift registry.
B and I have lived together for almost five years. It’s kind of hard to survive that long without a blender, toaster, vacuum, etc. (your “traditional” registry items)
Also, to ease the cross-country move process we pitched our junky, cheap, and mis-matched belongings to start fresh in California. And despite my very best efforts – baked-on messes, dropped mixers, and general domestic blunders – none of those items need replaced yet.
To top it off, the wedding is in Ohio. We live in California. Shipping is expensive and there’s no way I’m gonna have any extra space to stash a bunch of oversized appliance boxes in my luggage.
So what’s a couple to do?
Correction : What’s a couple with a tremendously awesome/brag-worthy honeymoon planned supposed to do?
A Honeymoon Registry!
The awesomest part about Traveler’s Joy is that you don’t shop from an actual inventory of items. You type in whatever “gift” you want to add to your list, how much it costs, and then BOOM it’s on your wish list. Your invitees “buy” things just like any other online store, and then you get a check from Traveler’s Joy for the total amount of gifts purchased at the end (minus a processing/host fee).
Ok, so for instance, there’s a rapelling excursion we want to do – B’s friend is Mr. Outdoorsman and therefore thinks this is 400x cooler than a food processor, so click click click, he “buys” it for us!
Sarah Soon-To-Be needs a bikini with super-strength boob-grips so she doesn’t do any accidental flashing at the waterfall. College girlfriend thinks the “Just Married” bikini is super cute, so click! (Even though the image listed doesn’t have to be the actual item you get)
Mini-twin is the party-extraordinaire, so obvs she wants to pay for a few rounds of drinks at the pool bar. Click click!
Etc. You get the idea. You could literally put “Imodium for when Costa Rica’s finest faire sends me to GI Hell during 6-hour hiking tour” if you wanted. Actually, that might be a good idea…
I’m super excited about it, because I’ve (stubbornly) come to realize that people want to give “gifts” and find cash/check non-sentimental or impersonal. This gives us the perfecty loopty-loop around both worlds – guest gratification for purchasing an item, and I won’t need to spend 6 days figuring out where to stash a vitamixer in our cramped apartment.
(To be fair, we did create a small Target registry with some household items on it as well. Unfortunately the entire C9 activewear line didn’t make the cut. I really thought I was gonna get away with that one…)