Modern gift registries go beyond crystal and china. Brides and grooms today want more practical gifts they can use on a daily basis - anything from appliances to office supplies. Plus, more couples are getting married later in life, so they have all the essentials already in their homes.
What they need are the extras for entertaining, relaxing and getting organized. Newlyweds and the engaged are among the nation's largest consumers of major appliances, furniture and consumer electronics, as well as tableware, linens, small appliances, and cookware, often getting these items through a registry. So whether you're tying the knot or attending a wedding, open your mind to non-traditional gifts and you may be on your way to turning a house into a home.