Not Your Mother's Registry – 5 Top Modern Wedding Registry Trends

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Today's weddings are less of an exercise in tradition and archaic rituals, and more of a true expression of the personalities, values, hopes and dreams of the bride and groom. This trend is reflected in every aspect of the wedding planning, from the bride's choice of wedding dress and bridal themes, to the wedding décor and wedding registry.

Gone are the days of a gift registry filled with old-fashioned items such as china, crystal and ornate linens that most likely will only be used on special occasions. A modern bridal registry is more likely to include wedding gifts that will fit the couple's current lifestyles and enhance their new journey together.

Whether you're a "Platinum Weddings" bride, frugal bride, bridezilla or laid back bride, there are lots of ways to reflect your personality and dreams in your wedding gift registry. Here are a few popular trends in wedding registry gifts, perfect for today's bride and groom:

Ticket to Paradise

A honeymoon registry is one of the most popular wedding wishes for modern couples. Registry gifts can range from an investment in the couple's dream to backpack around Europe to a week of beachside activities at one of the world's most luxurious resorts.

Home Sweet Home

Why register for a bunch of 'stuff' to put into your dream home when you can actually register for your dream home? A down payment on a new home is not only one of the most popular wedding wishes found on today's wedding registries, it's one of the most valuable investments family and friends can make in a couple's new life together.

A Fresh Financial Start

Student loans and other debt can be a huge burden for a couple preparing to start their new married lives together. A cash registry or an investment in a "fresh start" for a new couple can help them pave their way to a brighter and more prosperous future together. This is a more contemporary spin on the traditional wedding washing well, and a very popular gift trend.

Pay it Forward

Many modern couples start their new lives together by paying it forward. Instead of asking for wedding gifts for themselves, they ask guests to donate money that they would have spent on a gift registry items to a nonprofit organization or worthy cause. Typically, donations can be made by mail or by accessing a link on the couple's wedding website. This year, many couples are likely to ask for contributions to the Red Cross and other organizations that are assisting to fund the relief efforts in Haiti.

Gift of Lifelong Learning

A great way to keep your newlywed relationship fresh and exciting is by trying new things together, which is why the gift of lifelong learning is a perfect addition to modern couple's gift registries. Anything from music classes, cooking classes (an especially ideal gift for a bridal shower registry) or even flying lessons can bring excitation to a new marriage and help a couple continue to grow and strengthen their bond.

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