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Registries aren’t just for waffle makers, china, and linens anymore. 

Wedding after wedding, registry after registry, you’ve seen the same stores and possibly even gifted similar gifts. But, now it's your turn to grab the registry gun. 

Of course you can find all of your Southern registry staples at standard spots like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Crate and Barrel, but wedding registry resources have grown leaps and bounds over the past few years. If you already own plates or would like to pass on the heavy-weight, his-and-her bath robes, it’s okay to put your parent’s expectations on the backburner and do things your own way. These days you can register for everything from experiences to investments while still creating your own tailor-made list of splurge-worthy gifts or home goods along the way.

Before you kickoff your wedding registry search, check out these seven spots for unique wedding registry ideas (and one bonus idea that’s cheesy in all the right ways!).

1. Zola

Zola lets you curate exactly what you want in one place. This online registry has brought all your favorite brands into one, organized place for you to pick through. Better yet, if there is a specific item you’d like that is not already on the site, you can personally pull in that product. The site even helps you register for experiences and set up group gifts.

2. Etsy

You’ve probably already been pursuing Etsy to discover unique, DIY items for your wedding, so why not extend the fun beyond the big day? Find everything handmade or vintage you can dream of and pull together a registry full of creative treasures.

3. Hatch My House

If wedding registries are truly about helping a couple start their life together, there’s nothing more practical than a homebuilding registry. Saving for a down payment or starting a fixer upper fund isn’t easy. Hatch My House let’s your loved ones contribute to the process tastefully.  

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4. REI

Sure, you’re starting a new journey as a couple, but if you’re the adventurous type, you might need some actual gear for the real explorations you and your fiancé are dreaming up. With an REI registry, nature lovers and active couples alike can stock up on the essentials they need to make life-long memories on those bucket-list trips or carefree weekend getaways.

5. Bottlenotes

Is a nice glass of wine becoming your new go-to for unwinding from wedding planning stress? Pour away and start building our own wine collection through this wedding registry service. Choose your favorites from thousands of labels or let Bottlenotes become your personal sommelier through their pre-selected “starter cellar” option.

6. The Home Depot

Sawdust filled floors may not scream romance, but registering at a home improvement store like The Home Depot will set you up with the tools you need to build a life together – literally. You’ll be surprised by how often a power drill and a solid toolkit will come in handy when homeownership rolls around.

7. JustGive.org

If you’d rather use this time to give back than collect coffee makers, check out Just Give. Instead of filling your home with more stuff, you can set up a fundraising campaign for the charity of your choice and request guests donate in lieu of a present.

And last, but surely not least...

If you’re still looking for something uniquely you and completely unexpected, Domino’s has something delicious and cheesy that’s sure to delight – a pizza wedding registry. This brilliant, new service delivers in all the right ways. Need pizza brought to an engagement party? Check. Anticipating late night thank you note writing? This registry will have you covered for all the post-nuptial late night pies you need.