Creating your wedding registry might sound like fun, but it can quickly become yet another source of nuptial stress. But what if you want to forgo the registry — and wedding gifts, period — altogether? Reddit user wedontwantanystuff explained in a post that, because she and her fiancé are more than financially comfortable, they don't need or want a single blender or bedside lamp from their guests. What's more, they don't want to burden their loved ones with the financial obligation of throwing a check in a card. Social norms are hard to break, and coming to a marriage celebration empty-handed would likely strike some guests as ruder than standing up mid-ceremony to object to the union. Luckily, the Reddit community came to the rescue with a solution for the couple, something that would allow their friends and family to give them something special without dropping money on unwanted napkin holders.
"We've decided to ask guests to bring a copy of their favorite recipe(s) that fit within our dietary likes!" the bride-to-be wrote in an update to the post. "We'll compile it all into a lovely custom cookbook for ourselves after the wedding. An incredibly meaningful and wonderful wedding gift we never would have gotten if it weren't for Reddit suggestions."
Feel free to steal this idea even if your own reception will feature a gift table — a crowd-sourced cookbook is a one-of-a-kind wedding present you can request even if you're still hoping to get a dining room set out of your big day.