More than 70 percent of couples live together before marriage, and by the time most brides- and grooms-to-be start their walk down the aisle to say their vows, they have pretty much everything they need. Previously de rigueur wedding gifts, like Cuisinarts, dishes, decorative vases and other for-the-home items are long-ago bought and used by today's couples, who, according to both polls and anecdotal evidence, are more interested in experiences than stuff. 


Combine the above info with the fact that there's an app (or site) for pretty much every desire these days, and now you've got the registry. Simply, it's a site for guests to help out financially with your honeymoon, rather than give you a fondue pot that might end up in the back of the cabinet for the next 20 years. But it also involves the people you love enough to invite to your wedding in your honeymoon; they can see the cool places you'll be staying and the activities you have planned, which is pretty fun. 


According to the How the Registry Works page, "Once they have selected their honeymoon location, couples then choose which 'honeymoon experiences and memories' they would like to have, such as snorkeling and diving excursions, hikes, tours, golfing, massages, romantic dinners, and more. Couples then send their wedding guests a link to their registry where guests can make their gift purchases."


Check out a sample honeymoon registry here — it can include accomodation upgrades, car rental, a night out, a round of drinks, shopping for local art, or visiting a famous restaurant at the honeymoon destination — or pretty much anything a couple can think of. 


Less stuff to fight over and a better honeymoon? What more could a bride and groom ask for? 

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Instead of a gift registry, how about a honeymoon registry?
Who needs more stuff? Take a fab honeymoon gifted by family and friends instead.