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Registering for your wedding is not as simple as it used to be. Most couples already live together and don't have the need for that famous toaster or any of the other usual wedding gift suspects. Most guests however still want to show their support for the new couple with some sort of gift. Hmm, what should we do?  Not to worry! Here are a few creative wedding registry ideas:


Fund your Honeymoon - My husband and I really wanted to go on our dream honeymoon but couldn't afford it ourselves. We setup an account with Honeyfund and with the help of our guests could help us achieve our dream. Now, isn't it tacky to ask for money, you might think. That's where something like Honeyfund is great! You setup the trip of your dreams with tours, spa treatments, activities and dinners. Your guests then pick the items they want to support you with based on the amount they want to spend. You are not just asking for money but your guests can have a lot of fun taking part in planning the trip of our dreams. 


Amazon Wish List - What better place then Amazon to select any item you might need. They deliver and have fantastic return policies. You wouldn't even need to leave the comfort of your home if you had to send something back and money goes back into your Amazon account to use against any future purchases! Personally, I just love amazon and use them for bulky household items I don't like carrying up the steps to our house. I'm not sure our UPS delivery guy is as happy with them.


Etsy - If you haven't already visited Etsy I strongly recommend it. It's a great resource for any DIY wedding projects where you might want the look of DIY but don't have the time to "Do It Yourself". Also, you can now register to have your family and friends by you that amazingly unique gift that you can't seem to find the money to buy but would love to have hanging on your living room wall or be decorating your side table. I wish this was around when we got married!

This is just a few options. I'm sure you have more to share so please let me know what unusual wedding registry ideas you have come across.

In March 2011 I had the pleasure of meeting with Christine Yen and Helen Belogolova at a NACE function. They asked if I would consider taking a moment to review a new web resource they were working on. We met a few weeks later at Starbucks and they showed me their fantastic idea. venuetastic_office_team_smaller.jpg

Today, that idea is reality and Venutastic has been born. Venuetastic is an online database connecting venues with people who are looking for a space to host an event. You can narrow your search based on location, size and type of event and the type of venue you are looking for. The search results are displayed with an image of the venue, location, cost and capacity. You have the option of selecting multiple venues to compare them against each other. Each listing includes more detailed information about each venue, more photos, how to including prices  more pictures of the venue, details of the space and it's easy to find contact information for each location. 

Now, the most awesome thing with Venuetastic is that they don't just list the regular venues we all know about. No, they have new and interesting spots like the Farmhouse Mansion, in Bernal Heights or the Bohemian Loft on Mission Street. 

I'm really looking forward to continue to use this tool, and I wish Christine and Helen the best of luck in growing their business into something even bigger!


The Royal Playa del Carmen - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Intimate luxury destination wedding on the beach in Mexico celebrated with close family and friends while dancing the night away. 

Click here to see some of their pictures.

Continue reading Sally & Frank - 11/27/2009.
IMG_2154.jpgSequoia Retreat Center - Ben Lomond, CA

Weekend fairytale wedding amongst the Santa Cruz Mountains redwood trees. 

San Francisco Opera House - San Francisco, CA

A worldly and modern couple meets old San Francisco with style and music never before experienced inside the SF Opera House.  

Check out more pictures here.

Moon Mountain Retreat - Sonoma, CA 

A perfect warm summer night sunset wedding with the rolling hills of Sonoma County Wine Country as a backdrop.

Continue reading Jennie & Chris - 6/28/2008.