9 Unexpected Ideas for Your Registry

Ask for something you really want (and will definitely use). Let some of these nontraditional ideas inspire your wish list.
by Jamie Miles
Eclectic living room in Bushwick, Brooklyn loft apartment
Alyssa Kirsten
  1. A Barbecue Grill

    Grilled shish kabobs at backyard barbecue

    Let the newlywed fun continue by spending your first summer—and every summer thereafter—enjoying freshly barbecued burgers and hot dogs. Your new grill will become the hub of warm-weather get-togethers and the envy of your city-dwelling friends.

  2. Wall Art

    Black and white photographs framed on modern living room wall

    Think about your favorite paintings, the photos you've been meaning to print and the ones you'll have from your wedding day too. Now's the perfect time to choose a smattering of prints, mirrors, photographs and frames that will fill your rooms with personality.

  3. A Subscription Service

    CSA box of farm fresh vegetables

    Let your guests take over your Netflix subscription, or enroll you in the "Cheese of the Month" club. The possibilities are endless, from your favorite travel magazine to fresh flowers or seasonal vegetables, courtesy of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

  4. High-Quality Speakers

    Speakers for home entertainment system
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    Ask any music buff and they'll tell you the right speakers will transform your living room. We're not talking about oversize cubes that'll take over your space either. Opt for Bluetooth-compatible speakers that can connect to your TV for movie night or to your music player for get-togethers, giving you the freedom to bask in surround-sound films or your favorite party jams.

  5. Outdoor and Indoor Games

    Bocci balls as unexpected wedding gift

    Register for a bocce set, horseshoes, a Ping-Pong table or a volleyball net for impromptu yard fun. Or take things inside and ask for that deluxe version of Scrabble with the swivel board that's sure to guarantee a fun-filled winter evening.

  6. A Nice Camera

    Nice camera on wedding registry

    You're probably due for an upgrade anyway—and what better time to splurge on a moment-capturing device than now? It'll come in handy on your honeymoon and on countless adventures you'll share in the years to come.

  7. A Cooking Class

    Cooking class for a wedding gift

    Let your friends or family buy you dinner while you two hone your knife skills. Many restaurants and culinary institutions offer classes for couples that feel like a proper date night (grown-up beverages included).

  8. A Membership to Someplace You Love

    Memberships to places you love for wedding gift

    Maybe you want an annual pass to the yoga studio down the street, or perhaps you and your soon-to-be spouse love visiting your local museum or zoo. Whatever you two like to do as a couple, ask for it! A membership will give you a full year of enjoyment, and an (unneeded) excuse to go on "dates."

  9. A Wine Fridge


    You need a place to store all those bottles you've been gifted over the course of your engagement, right? Register for a wine fridge that will preserve those reds until they're ready for consumption. If you already have the fridge (lucky you), ask for another oenophile must, like a standing wine opener or a cool decanter.

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