August 28

Rant or Rave: An REI Registry

Since so many engaged couples already have everything they need to set up a home together, there’s a growing trend in the wedding industry that has them registering for something other than flatware.

REI wedding registries are gaining popularity with engaged couples who register for everything from camping gear to skis and sports equipment. We’ve also seen honeymoon donation registries, home buying registries and even people who registered for DVDs and video games.

Do you think this is a creative way for couples to get the things they need to have fun together, or do you feel like it’s an abuse of traditional wedding registries? Where would you draw the line? Do alternative registries make you want to rant or rave?

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Katie M. is a Writer at Wedding Paper Divas. She has the privilege of viewing nearly every piece of stationery before it goes up on the website, giving her the ultimate inside scoop on upcoming trends in the stationery world. She loves classic designs with a surprising twist, and enjoys finding new ways to express her ever-evolving personal style—a blend of traditional glamour and bohemian whimsy that makes Wedding Paper Divas a perfect fit! In addition to her love for writing, Katie is obsessed with health and fitness, skincare, UC Santa Barbara, all things adorable, the beach, dancing, cooking, getting real mail, fresh flowers, discount shopping, and shoes (who isn’t?). Katie is a contributing editor to Diva Dialogue. Be sure to check out her recurring feature, “Rant or Rave.”

8 thoughts on “Rant or Rave: An REI Registry

  1. Lindsay

    I think it’s a great idea to ask for camping gear and dvds, stuff that you really want. Why ask for more dishes if you don’t need them?

    I don’t know about asking donations to fund your honeymoon. If said I was going to Europe for my honeymoon, then I would ask for guides, or maps, maybe even a pillow for the airplane ride. I think weddings have already steered away from the “traditional’, so it’s fine.

  2. Nadine@FireFly Group Events

    I want to rave. Everyone asks for gifts anyway, so why not get something that you really want and maybe wouldn’t purchase yourself. What ever gifts you get, you will always remember where and who they came from.

  3. Robyn Durst

    I think it’s a great idea to register for things you would actually use and want, not things that will just sit inside a curio cabinet gathering dust. Many couples are now living together before marriage, and gathering the “normal” registry items such as dishes and decorations on a day-to-day basis. When the wedding rolls around, they have no need for new ones!

    I think it’s a special and personal way to give guests a little glimpse into your lifestyle and having these non-traditional registry items may create stories to share the next time you see them.

  4. ljcadv

    i love it. We didn’t register at REI but at sears so we could do both traditional stuff as well as the fun camping type stuff.

  5. Brandon Warner

    Thank you for mentioning the benefits of a honeymoon registry and describing the attributes behind this increasingly mainstream registry option for engaged couples.

    It is great to see how popular the honeymoon registry is becoming. When Traveler’s Joy first started accepting Members over five years ago, we realized there were a large number of engaged couples that were not satisfied with the diversity of the traditional wedding registry market. Since then, the honeymoon registry has become a mainstream option for brides and grooms and the industry has experienced significant growth.

    We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of couples honeymoon at destinations they may never have considered – a great feeling for everyone at Traveler’s Joy.

    I encourage you to contact us with any questions about our service. Most importantly, enjoy your honeymoon!

    Best Regards,

    Brandon Warner
    President & Co-founder
    Traveler’s Joy Honeymoon Registry
    Traveler’s Joy, Inc.
    http://www.travelersjoy.com

    *Honeymoon Registry Partner with WeddingChannel.com, The Knot, and OurWeddingDay.com*

  6. Tracy

    What makes me want to rant is when people say there’s some rule that you can only register for espresso machines and flatware! The whole reason people give you wedding gifts is to celebrate your union as a couple, so what better way to do this than giving something you like to do together as a couple? We registered on myregistry.com so we could add things from any store. We had a lot of rock-climbing gear from REI, along with some plants from a local nursery since we were in the process of landscaping. I say the sky’s the limit and you should register for anything you want!

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