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Video: Part 2: Alternative wedding registries

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By Dana Dean

St. Louis (KSDK) -- It's wedding season and you're probably familiar with wedding registries, which allow couples to ask for items they'll need in their married life, there are some that are breaking tradition.

For the couple who has everything and doesn't want one more pot taking up space in their kitchen, alternative wedding registries are becoming increasingly popular.

If you're a foodie, and you and your fiance love going out to eat, Foodie Registry lets you register for gift certificates at upscale restaurants. The gift certificate gets delivered to the couple. There are no additional fees.

Upon Our Star is billed as a wedding registry for wishes, not stuff. Sample registries on the site show everything from a college education fund to a trip around the world. There's even a registry to help fund the wedding itself, which means people could contribute to the dress, DJ, or flowers. There are processing fees and a charge to set up a direct deposit.

Honey Fund helps couples fund their honeymoon. For example, you could ask for a couples massage, rental car, or room upgrade. The site is free and the gifts are paid directly to you.

Another alternative wedding registry site is called Hatch My House. On this site you can ask people to help you save for a down payment, home renovations, even windows and siding. Hatch My House charges a transaction fee.

And as far as etiquette goes with alternative wedding registries, we asked a local wedding planner her thoughts.

Kristin Weis, Kristin Ashley Events, said, "There's a way to go about wedding etiquette. However, people think you can only have two colors for your wedding. I love to have multiple colors. I like to have rules that are meant to be broken. So it's kind of fun to push the limits."

She says these unique sites are becoming more acceptable, just make sure to give guests options. And never announce your registry in your wedding invitation.

Below is a list of some additional alternative wedding registries: www.changingthepresent.org,
www.uncommongoods.com.

 

KSDK

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