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Good morning! Today we’d like to introduce you to a really innovative, alternative gift registry called SoKind that allows couples to register for gifts from the heart rather than a bunch of blingy stuff. From SoKind:

Friends and family. That’s what wedding receptions boil down to, right? It would be a lot less work and cost if a wedding consisted solely of a ceremony. No need to worry about finding a venue or coordinating entertainment. No need to worry about menus or seating arrangements. Yet despite the hassle, many people still choose to commemorate one of life’s biggest events with a celebration.

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Why? Because, as humans, we’re hardwired for connection. Connection is what gives our lives purpose and meaning. And connection is what we crave when we celebrate momentous occasions. We want our friends and family close by when we get married. We want our loved ones to share in our joy and to support us with their presence.

Yet these days, the desire for human connection isn’t normally what comes to mind when you think of the typical American wedding. Glitzy and extravagant celebrations seem to have become a cultural expectation. And, although many Americans refuse to buy into this view, there’s no denying that the average cost of hosting weddings in this country is steadily climbing.

The good news is that people are starting to take notice and speak up. In the New York Times, Slate, and beyond, people are bemoaning the state of weddings in America today. For too long, there have been few alternatives for folks who want to focus their attention on more fun and less stuff.

Until now.

SoKind is a registry service designed to provide options for those of us who want to plan celebrations that reflect our lifestyles, promote our values, and enhance our lives. SoKind is for people who want to host more environmentally-friendly celebrations, as well as for folks who simply refuse to start a new chapter in their lives with a mountain of debt. It’s for people who don’t view their celebration as an opportunity to impress, but rather as an opportunity to involve their friends and family in one of the most important occasions of their lives.

On SoKind, engaged couples can register for homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, time, day-of-event help, and more. So, think about what gifts you truly want. Music lessons? A national parks pass? Funds to help pay for your honeymoon? A rehearsal dinner host? Donations to your favorite charity? In addition to being able to register for gifts of time, experience, and skill, you can register for traditional gifts as well. The registry is entirely customizable, so the possibilities are endless!

Here’s to more fun and less stuff…more joy and less stress…more love and less waste!

What a great idea; thank you for sharing! For more information about SoKind, please visit their website.

What do you think of an alternative gift registry? What unconventional gifts would you register for? Let us know in the comments below!