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Planning a New England wedding? Selecting your gift registries can often be just as tricky as choosing your color palette or floral design. We’re here to help! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite unique gift registry ideas for couples seeking something beyond the typical department store registry.

Today, the wedding industry provides couples with a wide range of creative freedom when it comes to venues, design details, attire and more. In the past decade, we’ve seen gift registries follow suit, with more “unconventional” giving avenues joining the ranks of home goods listings. Here are some of our favorites that break the mold of the traditional standard of wedding gift etiquette:

Honeymoon Fund
Is your dream honeymoon destination halfway around the world? Websites like Honeyfund.com and Wanderable.com make it easy for friends and family to contribute monetary gifts towards a couple’s vacation in lieu of physical gifts. The website is free to register and simple for guests to use, allowing custom dollar amounts to be granted with well wishes.

Local Favorites
Another fun, unique way for guests to contribute to your first year of newly wedded bliss is to give gift cards. What do you like to do together in your home town? Create a list of restaurants, cinemas, cafes, bookstores, museums, sporting events, etc. that you love and share these as your “registry” for gift card giving.  

Charitable Donations
Many couples often wish to opt out of the gift giving tradition entirely. However, you may find guests still want to gift you something to commemorate the big day. In this case, charitable donations are a great idea! Select several charities that you support and share donation instructions with your guests. Instead of money spent on material gifts, guests can donate in honor of your celebration.

Future Investments
Extra funds are often something newly married couples need most, however explicitly asking for cash on your wedding website or invites can feel a bit awkward. Erase awkwardness from the equation and register on a site like Upon Our Star, where you can post about a project or goal for your married future. Whether it be a a new car, the down payment on a house, or funds for renovations, friends and family will love the idea of directly contributing to your life together.

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Shelburne Farms

Planning a Vermont wedding? Don’t miss these incredible reception sites! Though just a select few of the many wonderful places to tie the knot, these properties showcase all the reasons why couples keep coming back to the Green Mountain State. From mountainside resorts and cozy inns, to lakeside estates and functioning farms, there’s a little something for everyone! [Photo: Shelburne Farms / Hannah Photography]

Riverside Farm

Riverside Farm Pittsfield, VT

Nestled on 700 beautiful acres in the heart of the Green Mountains, this working farm is the destination for an elegant rustic wedding. The property has six restored barns, multiple lodging sites and still functions as a working farm. Riverside Farm serves a limited number of weddings per year to create a truly exclusive experience. [Photo: Dreamlove Photography]

Grand Isle Lake House

Grand Isle Lake House Grand Isle, VT

This lakefront venue is a private escape that you and your guests will simply love. The restored Inn showcases quintessential Vermont charm with modern amenities to ensure the utmost in comfort. The lawn offers ample reception and ceremony space, while the house itself can accommodate up to 32 overnight guests. [Photo: Michael Tallman Photography]

Stratton Mountain Resort

Stratton Mountain Resort  Stratton, VT

So many mountains, so little time! Stratton Mountain Resort is one of the state’s premiere ski and wedding destinations. The resort’s indoor event spaces and accommodations reflect the cozy elegance of an alpine lodge. Outside, you can enjoy mountain views and activities year round.  [Photo: Elario Photography]

The Pitcher Inn

The Pitcher Inn Warren, VT

Located in the center of picturesque Warren Village, this Relais & Châteaux inn is an intimate destination wedding venue. An expert wedding planner, on-site gourmet chef and helpful staff will bring every aspect of your vision to life. You’ll love the refined decor and sumptuous rooms and suites. [Photo: Mikahil Glabets]

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

Mountain Top Inn & Resort Chittenden, VT

Enjoy a mountainside resort with the spirit of a country homestead. The resort is set on 350 acres overlooking views of the surrounding Green Mountains and lake. Multiple ceremony and reception sites offer options for celebrations of any size. Amenities include a private beach, pool, luxe accommodations and year round activities for outdoor enthusiasts. [Photo: Silver and Salt]

Crisanver House

Crisanver House Fairlee, VT

This luxury bed and breakfast specializes in elegant weddings set in the countryside. The lawn is perfect for open air ceremonies and tented celebrations. Inside, you’ll find well appointed guest rooms, a spa and dining space to enjoy cuisine from the chef, owner. The property also has a barn space for larger events.

Inn at Mountain View Farm

The Inn at Mountain View Farm East Burke, VT

Celebrate in the heart of the storied Northeast Kingdom. This country estate is located just outside of Burke Village overlooking the Willoughby Gap. The property’s many perks include hilltop ceremony sites, an expansive lawn, rose gardens, gourmet dining, comfortable guest rooms and the newly renovated Morgan Horse Barn. [Photo: Hannah Photography]

Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms Shelburne, VT 

Tucked on the shores of Lake Champlain just outside of Burlington, Shelburne Farms is a pastoral gem. The property has two incredible event venues: The Coach Barn and The Inn. Both offer polished country decor, restored architecture, open air ceremony space and views of the sparkling lake.

Ohana Family Camp

Ohana Family Camp Post Mills, VT

The perfect choice for couples seeking a private and laid-back atmosphere. This summer camp on Lake Fairlee doubles as a beautiful wedding venue. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to the 20 cabins, Main Lodge, six tent cabins, waterfront and grounds all weekend long. The Main Lodge offers ample space for up to 170, while the lawn can cater to parties even larger. [Photo: Lindsay Flanagan Photography]

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Basin Harbor Club Vergennes, VT

Locals and visitors alike have been vacationing and celebrating at this historic resort for over a century. Today, the Basin Harbor Club also serves as an elegant wedding escape. The property has several indoor and outdoor event spaces to choose from, each outfitted with quintessential New England decor and views of Lake Champlain. [Photo: Orchard Cove Photography]

 

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Harrington Farm

A long time favorite for local and destination couples alike, Massachusetts is a place where coastal history and quintessential New England charm unite. The state’s bevy of cozy churches, waterfront harbors, restored estates and pristine farms are just a few of the many venue options for tying the knot. We’ve managed to narrow it down to a few of our favorites–happy scrolling! [Photo: Harrington Farm / Ryan  Zarichnak Photography]

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library Boston, MA 

Tie the knot surrounded by history’s greatest love stories. The Boston Public Library doubles as an impressive reception site that will take your breath away. Multiple event spaces–like Bates Hall, The Abbey Room, and The Courtyard–offer plenty of options to bring your elegant wedding vision to life. [Photo: Ash Imagery]

The Crane Estate

The Crane Estate Ipswich, MA

Another property brimming with history, The Crane Estate is a gorgeous hilltop mansion overlooking the Atlantic. The estate features several stunning celebration sites– The Great House, The Barn and Steep Hill Beach– to accommodate various wedding styles and sizes. [Photo: Dreamlove Photography]

Shining Tides

Shining Tides Mattapoisett, MA

Nestled on 25 beachfront acres at the mouth of the Mattapoisett River, Shining Tides is an idyllic wedding escape. This restored 1887 vacation estate serves as a community center and function space, including a bridal suite, dance floor, oceanside lawn and porch accommodating up to 200 guests. [Photo: The Scobeys]

The Barn on Gibbet Hill

The Barn at Gibbet Hill Groton, MA

Enjoy a rustic wedding experience unlike any other! The Barn at Gibbet Hill is a premium destination with true country charm. The Barn itself can accommodate up to 220, with a heated and covered porch that is perfect for cocktail hour. You’ll love the lawn and views of rolling pasture and grazing cattle. [Photo: Darling Photography]

Artists For Humanity

Artists For Humanity Boston, MA 

The Epicenter is the ideal choice for couples seeking a modern, industrial backdrop for the big day. The 5,000 square foot Lewis Gallery features 18-foot ceilings, original artwork and floor-to-ceiling garage style windows that open to an adjoining courtyard. [Photo: Lisa Rigby Photography]

The Wauwinet

The Wauwinet 

Tucked away on Nantucket, this Inn is truly a little slice of coastal heaven. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to 32 guest rooms, cottages, spa and scenic waterfront grounds. The property’s expert staff will cater to your every nuptial need to ensure the planning process is a piece of cake. [Photo: Hello Love Photography]

Alden Castle

Alden Castle Brookline, MA 

Just outside of Boston, Alden Castle offers a secluded estate atmosphere with accessibility to the city. The venue has two event spaces, The Vintage Ballroom and Modern Club, each with their own unique character. Interiors feature unique design elements like Tudor style architecture, ornate chandeliers and soaring ceilings.

Harrington Farm

Harrington Farm Princeton, MA 

Celebrate your big day in the heart of the state’s rolling countryside. The Farm is a picturesque wedding venue on 60 beautiful acres of fields, gardens, and ponds. The elegantly restored barn from 1793 and open air patio space offer plenty of space for your design to take shape. [Photo: Ryan  Zarichnak Photography]

Wequassett Resort& Golf Club

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club Harwich, MA

Located on the elbow of Cape Cod, this resort is sure to hit every “must have” on your wedding check list. The property features 120 lavish guest rooms, four restaurants, two private beaches, eighteen holes of championship golf and an expert staff. Need we say more?

Beach Plum Inn

Beach Plum Inn  Chilmark, MA

Escape the hustle and bustle of mainland life and enjoy a wedding retreat on Martha’s Vineyard. This cozy, yet elegant Inn is located on the hills of Chilmark overlooking Menemsha Harbor. Multiple venue spaces offer ample options for the celebration. You’ll love working with the restaraunts team of acclaimed chefs to create a one-of-a-kind wedding menu. [Photo: Pizzuti Photography]

 

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Belle Mer

While Rhode Island may be small in size, the state’s bevy of beautiful celebration sites go above and beyond. We’ve managed to narrow it down to ten of our favorites that will surely leave you swooning. From classic seaside settings to pastoral landscapes, Little Rhody really has it all! [Photo: Belle MerDreamlove Photography]

The Stone House

Stone House Little Compton, RI 

Nestled on 2.7 acres on the tip of Sakonnet Point, The Stone House is a secluded nuptial escape the combines historic charm and modern luxury. Today the property reflects the quaint charm of its storied past while upholding the highest standard of amenities. You’ll love the restored architecture, well-appointed guest rooms and private beach. 

Castle Hill Inn

Castle Hill Inn Newport, RI

This romantic estate has it all: splendid interiors, unparalleled water views, a custom sail cloth tent and so much more! On site personal event planners will work with you to bring your wedding day vision to life. From intimate dinner parties to grand 400 guest affairs, the staff is well-versed in creating unforgettable events. [Photo: Melissa Robotti]

Aldrich Mansion

Aldrich Mansion Warwick, RI

Situated on seventy acres overlooking Narragansett Bay, this French chateau is ready and waiting for your fairy tale wedding. Manicured gardens and elegant architecture come together to create an air of European artistry. The mansion accommodates celebrations for up to 230 guests and also offers an on-site chapel. [Photo: Steve Holmes]

Greenvale Vineyards

Greenvale Vineyards Portsmouth, RI

Invite guests to enjoy a taste of local fare and flair! Located along the Sakonnet River, the vineyard offers a pastoral setting for your Rhode Island wedding. The restored stable can accommodate smaller parties up to 49 guests, while the property’s lawn offers ample space for a larger tented reception and outdoor ceremony. [Photo: Zenobia Studios]

Regatta Place

Regatta Place Goat Island, RI  

Celebrate Newport’s rich sailing culture with a wedding at Regatta Place. Located in the heart of Goat Island Marina, this elegant venue features views of Newport Harbor, impeccable cuisine and tent waterfront space for up to 200 guests. [Photo: Jaclyn L Photography]

Mount Hope Farm

Mount Hope Farm Bristol, RI

Dreaming of a rustic wedding? Look no further! This historic farm offers a countryside backdrop without sacrificing the classic coastal character of Rhode Island that we’ve all come to know and love. Mount Hope Farm’s two distinctive venues, The Barn and Cove Cabin, include ample celebration space and on-site catering by Russell Morin. [Photo: Gumula Photography]

Belle Mer

Belle Mer Newport, RI

The epitome of seaside glamour, this oceanside resort sits on seven manicured acres on the edge of Narragansett Bay. You’ll have your pick from three breathtaking event spaces: The Water Salon, The Island House and Ocean Lawn. Each showcases its own unique style while upholding the venue’s aura of luxe sophistication. [Photo: Dreamlove Photography]

The Sullivan House

The Sullivan House Block Island, RI

Built at the turn of the century, this hilltop estate is located just off the main land on Block Island. Wherever you look you’ll enjoy 360 degree views of the sparkling Atlantic. On site catering and party rentals relieve the stress of planning and offshore reception so that you and your loved ones can simply relax and celebrate! [Photo: Kelly Vasami]

The Bohlin

The Bohlin Newport, RI

Nestled in the heart of Newport Harbor, The Bohlin is one of Rhode Island’s newest seaside wedding venues. The impressive waterfront patio and tent offer plenty of room for both ceremony and reception, all just steps from the water! The on site event staff and catering team will ensure every detail of the day comes together without a hitch.

Glen Manor House

Glen Manor House Portsmouth, RI

Nothing sets the bar for romance quite like a breathtaking mansion surrounded by acres of lush lawns and gardens. The manor is located on the banks of the Sakonnet River, with jaw dropping features like splendidly restored architecture, historic decor, sparkling chandeliers and multiple terraces. [Photo: Jaclyn L Photography]

 

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Saint Clement's Castle & Marina

Tying the knot in Connecticut? Begin your venue search with these incredible destinations that speak to the state’s coastal character, agricultural past and rich history. [Photo: Saint Clements Castle & Marina / Love and Perry ]

Lord Thompson Manor

Lord Thompson Manor Thompson, CT  

Enjoy an exclusive destination wedding experience in the quiet countryside of Connecticut. Lord Thompson Manor is a historic location with beautiful reception options, enchanting gardens and sumptuous accommodations. [Photo: Ashley Largesse Photography]

Barns at Wesleyan Hills

The Barns at Weslyan Hills  Middletown, CT 

This rustic venue has it all: fresh farm-to-table cuisine, expansive grounds, impeccable service and of course, a beautiful barn.

Candlelight Farms Inn

Candlelight Farms Inn  New Milford, CT

At Candlelight Farms Inn, storied elegance meets modern charm. Host a tented reception on the Inn’s expansive lawn or a rustic affair in The Hangar. The property can accommodate weddings for up to 300 guests, offering a variety of wedding packages to serve your unique celebration vision. [Photo: Tim Nosenzo Photography]

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Saltwater Farm Vineyard Stonington, CT  

A preserved coastal farm, restored WW-II era airport and vineyard–this venue is unique to say the least. We love the ceremony site overlooking the grape lanes and interior design that combines rustic character with modern style. [Photo: Julia Jane Studios]

Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion Middletown, CT 

Originally built in 1900 as a countryside retreat, today Wadsworth Mansion is one of Connecticut’s most sought-after event venues. The property’s architecture and impeccable grounds maintain the elegance of its past, while the staff and amenities ensure the comfort of the present. [Photo: Eric Foley Photography]

Interlaken Inn

Interlaken Inn Lakeville, CT

This lakeside escape is perfect for couples seeking a simple, yet sophisticated celebration site. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to the property, complete with top notch amenities like comfortable suites, on-site pool and waterfront lawn. [Photo: YMVisuals]

Water's Edge Resort & Spa

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa Westbrook, CT

For over 30 years this beachfront resort has provided couples with the perfect place to tie the knot. Located on the shores of the Long Island Sound, the property upholds it’s reputation as one of the best in New England with their excellent service, gorgeous grounds, premium spa and so much more. [Photo: Leslie Dumke Studio]

Saint Clements Castle & Marina

Saint Clements Castle & Marina Portland, CT

Your fairytale awaits at Saint Clements Castle and Marina. Nestled on 90 acres in the Connecticut River Valley, this destination features lush gardens, stone courtyards, grand ballrooms and scenic views of the Connecticut River. [Photo: Kevin Kelly Photography]

The Riverview

The Riverview Weatogue, CT

Enjoy the serenity of rural Connecticut with the glamour of an upscale city venue. You’ll fall in love with The Grand Ballroom’s sparkling chandeliers, cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and polished granite dance floor. [Photo: Lindsay Flanagan Photography]

The Loading Dock

The Loading Dock Stamford, CT

This modern event space is the perfect alternative for couples seeking a chic industrial atmosphere. Hardwood floors, exposed ductwork and brick walls create a blank canvas to let your personal design tastes truly shine.

 

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Mountain View Grand Resort

Known for warm hospitality, tranquil lakes and rolling mountains, its obvious why local and destination couples alike choose New Hampshire for their special day. Whether you’re looking for a quaint New England inn or an impressive estate, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with one of these incredible properties.[Photo: Mountain View Grand Resort / Rodeo & Co.]

Wentworth By The Sea

Wentworth by the Sea New Castle, NH  [Photo: Lindsay Flanagan]

Situated on the shores of scenic Portsmouth, this oceanfront resort boasts a long history of hospitality. Wentworth by the Sea can accommodate celebrations for up to 250 guests with a variety of all inclusive packages. You’ll love the elegant guest rooms, pampering spa services and of course, the amazing views!

Bishop Farm Weddings & Events

Bishop Farm Weddings & Events Lisbon, NH  [Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography]

The possibilities are endless at Bishop Farm. This cozy bed and breakfast features a gorgeous 1876 restored Reception Barn, acres of rolling pasture and on site accommodations. Seven well-appointed guest rooms in the farmhouse and eight individual cottages offer ample room for your closest overnight guests. Ceremony options include the rolling back lawn and Ceremony Barn.

Bedford Village Inn

Bedford Village Inn Bedford, NH  [Photo: Dreamlove Photography]

Enjoy a quintessential New England wedding experience at the Bedford Village Inn. This 10-acre estate features manicured grounds, wisteria-lined walkways and a range of beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces. Whether you prefer a casual garden party or a formal affair in the Great Hall, the experienced staff will cater to your every nuptial need.

Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds [Photo: Steve Holmes Photography]

Originally built in 1914 atop the Ossipee Mountain Range, Castle in the Clouds is a fairy tale destination for your New Hampshire wedding. The estate maintains the elegance of it’s storied past with all the amenities of modern comfort. Interior reception spaces boast sophisticated decor and impeccably restored architecture. Outside, you’ll enjoy lush gardens and 180 degree views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

LaBelle Winery

LaBelle Winery [Photo: Patrick McNamara Photography]

LaBelle Winery is the perfect place for couples seeking a rustic, yet modern venue. Acres of vineyard lanes make the perfect backdrop for ceremonies year round. Inside, three different reception spaces feature urban industrial decor and views of the functioning wine cellar and stainless steel tanks. Of course, you can’t forget about the local wine and farm-to-table cuisine!

Camp Cody

Camp Cody Freedom, NH  [Photo: Krista Photography]

Create a one-of-a-kind wedding weekend with a celebration at Camp Cody. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of 100 wooded acres along the shores of Lake Ossipee. Comfortable cabin accommodations, lakeside ceremony sites, an on site chef, cozy reception hall and plenty of classic summer camp activities (water skiing anyone?) are just a handful of reasons couples choose Camp Cody for their big day.

Wolfeboro Inn

Wolfeboro Inn [Photo: Callan Photo]

Nestled along Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains, this classic New England inn offers all the charm and comforts of a country estate. The lakefront gazebo and gardens are perfect for summer weddings, while the inn’s elegant interiors create an aura of warmth and welcome for celebrations in the chillier months. You’ll enjoy a stress free wedding experience with the help of knowledgeable staff to pull everything together flawlessly.

Mountain View Grand Resort

Mountain View Grand Resort Whitefield, NH [Photo: Anastasia Shephard Photography]

This venue is a must-see for couples planning an elegant New Hampshire wedding. Tucked away on 1,700 acres in the heart of the White Mountains, you’ll enjoy the quiet of nature with all the perks of a top notch resort. Multiple ceremony and reception sites provide a bevy of options, each outfitted with sophisticated decor, restored architecture and breathtaking mountain views.

Whitney's Inn at Jackson

Whitney’s Inn at Jackson Jackson, NH  [Photo: Eric McCallister]

Dreaming of a rustic mountain celebration? Look no further! Whitney’s Inn at Jackson will exceed every expectation. Built in 1842, the restored Shovel Handle Pub is a beautiful barn outfitted with twinkling lights and classic country decor. The surrounding acres of manicured lawns are perfect for outdoor ceremonies, while the nearby Whitney’s Inn offers sumptuous accommodations and event space for intimate weddings.

The Toad Hill Farm

The Toad Hill Farm Franconia, NH 

Experience your very own New Hampshire homestead at The Toad Hill Farm. The venue offers exclusive booking from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning so that couples and guests can enjoy all the wedding festivities in one beautiful location. The newly built Main House accommodates up to 16 and additional guests are welcome to camp in one of the nearby fields. On the grounds you’ll find ample space for a tented affair with unparalleled views of the mountains beyond.

 

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