Creating a Romantic Wedding Registry

Modern couples are saying “I do” later in life. And with 65% of them living together before their big day, the traditional wedding registry is quickly losing its appeal to brides and grooms to be. They already have all the household basics and kitchen gadgets that they really need, and would rather have their guests invest in their future life together, instead of more vases or cutlery.

Out with the boring old traditional registry, and in with the new wish registry – a tasteful version of a cash gift registry, and a much more graceful alternative to the wishing well. One of the biggest benefits of creating a wedding wish registry is the opportunity to indulge your every whim. The sky’s the limit: in most cases, your close family and friends will be happy to show their support by contributing toward such a fun and romantic “cause”.

Stuck for ideas? Here are a few suggestions for a romantic wish-based bridal registry:

Start by watching a few timeless romantic movies. In an age where we’re inundated with modern concepts of glamour and fun, it can be an eye-opener to step back a few decades and get a few ideas for living the high life from iconic heartthrobs like Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Add some romantic “together time” activities to your wish-based wedding registry, such as salsa lessons, para-sailing, or guided tours for just the two of you.

Don’t hesitate to include little romantic flourishes in your wedding registry, such as champagne from room service, lingerie, gourmet picnic lunches, or upgrading your rental car to a convertible or flashy sports car.

Honeymoons are for pampering and relaxing. Include spa days, skin treatments, massages, personalized workouts… any activity that makes you feel good about yourself, comfortable, and relaxed.

Resist the temptation to over-schedule. This might be especially difficult if you don’t go on a lot of vacations and your honeymoon takes you somewhere like New York or Paris, but remember: days crowded with appointments and events-even if they’re meant to be fun-can still create stress. It’s better to thoroughly enjoy one or two activities than to squeeze in five or six.

You’ll have the rest of your lives to be practical. Instead of a traditional bridal registry or wishing well, consider using an online wedding wish registry. You can collect heartfelt contributions toward adding just a little bit – or a lot – of romance in your future life together.