DIY Alternative Wedding/Bridal Registry Shower Gift Idea!

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The wedding registry has received a huge makeover in the last decade. Couples no longer have to even visit a store to create a registry. They can do it while hanging out on the couch with laptops in hand and do the whole thing online. Couples also have options such as one registry that includes multiple stores, online registries that provide endless product options (e.g. Amazon) and even sites where couples can collect money in lieu of actual gifts to help them with date nights and their honeymoon fund. The latter options have become popular among couples who live together prior to the wedding who feel like they have all the household items they need already.

There is some debate over cash gifts and registry funds. Some guests and brides love them and some guests prefer physically picking out and buying a gift. What do you do if you have everything your household needs already but still want the registry experience and gift options?

I may have an alternative to offer you.

Your bridal party (with your input) can create milestone/everyday/date night baskets. The idea is that guests can buy items and gift cards to create baskets that give the couple practical things they need or even great dates or time together. Guests could choose a basket to create themselves or go in on a group basket. I have ideas for baskets posted below.

So the tricky part now is how to do you have people choose baskets and not repeat or buy duplicates? There is a FREE site called SignUpGenius I used it to make an example sign up for a bridal shower using the baskets below. It took me less than 10 minutes to pick a theme, create the sign up sheet and publish it. It is FREE!!!! You can simply include a link to the registry with instructions in the invitation for the shower. Here are some screen shots of the process and product from SignUpGenius which also allows you to make customizations and control the settings!

Link to My Sample Registry Page from SignUpGenius



Here are some basket ideas. You don’t have to include all of these items in to the baskets. These are just some starter ideas! You may notice that a good bottle of wine can fit pretty much any theme!

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Spring Cleaning

  • Swiffer products
  • cleaning supplies
  • bandanna
  • laundry basket
  • feather duster
  • gift card to a housecleaning service

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Making Memories

  • scrapbooking materials
  • gift card to photo service or photo book site (The couple can make photo books with their honeymoon photos, shower photos etc…)
  • photo storage subscription
  • SD card
  • photo booth props (if having a photo booth at the wedding or just to have on hand for funny future photos)
  • usb drive
  • photo albums
  • photo Christmas ornament
  • picture frames
  • picture coasters

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Take Out Night

  • Redbox rental gift certificate
  • gift certificates to local restaurants and eateries that offer take out
  • fun paper plates and disposable cutlery
  • snuggly blanket
  • slippers
  • candelabra
  • tablecloth
  • bottle of wine



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Picnic in the Park

  • Frisbee
  • picnic basket
  • picnic blanket
  • ice bucket
  • cooler
  • drink coozies
  • plastic wine glasses
  • bottle of wine
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • thermos
  • Citronella candle
  • portable music player speaker


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Movie Night

  • bottle of wine
  • popcorn popper
  • microwave popcorn
  • popcorn seasoning
  • Redbox gift certificate or Netflix membership
  • snuggly blanket
  • movie theater gift certificate
  • fun wedding movie (see my list here for another unique bridal shower gift and wedding movie ideas).
  • popcorn bowl


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Day at the Beach/Lake/Pool

  • Barnes and Noble gift card for beach reading
  • beach chairs
  • beach umbrella
  • beach towels
  • beach blanket
  • sunblock
  • bride/groom flip flops
  • cooler
  • sunglasses
  • frisbee
  • volleyball
  • sand shovel
  • portable music speaker
  • mister bottles
  • beer or wine coolers
  • bottle opener

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Sports Fan Basket

  • assortment of clothing, household, tailgating items that represent the couple’s favorite sports team
  • tickets to a game


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For the Pet Lover

  • gift card to a pet store
  • animal food
  • treats
  • “Just Married” animal outfit or groom/bride outfit
  • animal bowels
  • fancy pet treats
  • animal themed frame
  • Christmas ornament with the pet’s name or paw print


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Lucky in Love

  • frame holding scratch-offs and lottery tickets


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Honeymoon Basket

  • Dramamine
  • luggage tags
  • carry-on bag
  • toiletry bag
  • travel neck pillows
  • headsets
  • sunblock
  • photo book gift certificate
  • honeymoon frame
  • resort gift certificate
  • animal boarding gift certificate
  • pedicure gift certificate

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Let’s Cook!

  • cookbook
  • cooking utensils
  • recipe and ingredients
  • recipe box
  • recipe cards
  • family heirloom recipe book
  • fire extinguisher
  • spices
  • oven mitts
  • bottle of wine
  • menu chalkboard/dry erase board
  • shopping list pad
  • gift card to food delivery service such as Purple Carrot or gift card to a supermarket
  • aprons
  • chef hats
  • spoon rest
  • personalized kitchen sign

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First Christmas

  • Just Married ornament
  • personalized tree skirt
  • stockings
  • Christmas lights
  • holiday door mat
  • holiday yard flag
  • cookie tins
  • Christmas movie
  • Christmas music or Itunes gift card
  • holiday themed air freshener
  • holiday themed decorative towels and/or tablecloth
  • matching ugly Christmas sweaters

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Yard Work!

  • garden statue
  • personalized yard flag
  • packets of seeds
  • gardening tools
  • gardening gloves
  • watering can
  • plant markers
  • a plant


Send those extra invitations to Mickey, Cinderella or even the President!

Inevitably you will be left with a few invitations or sample invitations. You can scrapbook one, frame one but what do you do with the rest! How about send them to Disney? Or even The White House? Both the Disney and The White House will send you back a memorable item to treasure as a keepsake for years to come! If you have the wedding invitation for a couple’s upcoming wedding, you could send it and surprise them with a unique keepsake in a frame! I would have loved that myself! This is an awesome bridal shower idea =)


Read below for more information and addresses. Now I just have to dig out my wedding invitation to mail out to Disney. The year 2009 shouldn’t be too belated!



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Mickey and Minnie used to reply with a signed black and white photo and a  “Just Married” pin. However it seems nowadays you will received an autographed colorful postcard. I still think it is adorable!

To receive a postcard signed by Mickey and Minnie, write to Disneyland using the address below:

Mr. and Mrs. Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521

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Cinderella used to send back a beautiful certificate. You may get a postcard but either way, it is still pretty cool! Write to them at Disney World using the address below!:

Cinderella and Prince Charming
PO Box 1000
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

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The White House sends a beautiful certificate.

To receive one, send your invitation to:

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama
The White House
Greetings Office Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

My Yankee Candle Bridal Shower Poem

You may be familiar with the candle poem for a bridal shower. The premise is that the bride and groom receive a collection of candles in different colors to light with corresponding events in their future married life.

I decided to put my own spin on this tradition and give it a modern makeover. I wrote my own poem and candle descriptions to correspond to events in a married couple’s life together and used Yankee Candle votive candle scents. The name of each scent corresponds with a special event. I also found this awesome votive candle holder from IKEA. It has been in stock since I used this poem for my best friend’s bridal shower in 2007 so I don’t think it is going anywhere! I love this candle hold because all of the individual votive holders link together and can form a circle. They can also be unlinked and rearranged so that as events happen in their lives they can rearrange the candles in order!

The IKEA candle holder is $8.99 for 12 candle holders. The votives are $1.99 each (keep your eyes peeled for awesome Yankee Candle coupons that come around seasonally). You can browse all the votive scents here.

A 12 candle arrangement will run you just about $33 which isn’t too shabby for a personal, memorable gift from the bridal it is fun for your guests!

This poem can be shared for any noncommercial purpose. Please just cite this site as the origin and source.

Check out my poem and descriptions below!

 Dear (Bride’s Name and Groom’s Name),

When two people marry,

Their lives link and become one.

Entwined, connected

A new life and chain of events have begun.


The circle of candles,

Represents the milestones and special days.

The memories that build a marriage

As you enter each new phase.


As you light each candle,

Reflect on your lives and marriage wishes.

Life is unpredictable

So feel free to change the order and make switches!


We wish you many years

Of love and good fortune as a pair.

Cherish each memory

In the new united life

You will share!



Wedding Day

  Light this candle on your first night as a married couple. Your new life has begun!


Mandarin Cranberry

Light this candle on your first Thanksgiving. Who’s cooking?

Christmas Cookie

Light this candle on your first Christmas together.

Enjoy it as you decorate and listen to Dominick the Donkey on repeat!


Midnight Jasmine

Light this candle on your first New Years’ Eve.


Another year together!


True Rose

Light this candle on your first Valentines’ Day.

Cupid would be proud!


Midsummer’s Night

(this scent can be replaced with any seasonal scent depending on when the couple is getting married)-

Light this candle to remember your first anniversary together.

Reflect on your first year together and your special evening one year ago.

It’s a  great night to watch the wedding video!


Home Sweet Home

Light this candle when you have officially moved into your first new home together.

Unpack later!


Whoopie Pie!

Light this candle the day you find out you are pregnant with your first child.

Then go buy out all the baby books in Barnes and Noble.


Soft Blanket

Light this candle the day your first child is born!

This is your first day as a new family.

It’s video camera and mini van time!


Vanilla Cupcake

Light this candle on your child’s first birthday.

Then clean the ice cream cake out of his/her hair.



Light this candle on your child’s first day of school.

You are your child’s first teachers.

Now you just have to share him/her a little!


Enjoy your years and memories together!

We will be with you every link of the way!



Your Family and Friends


 This poem and descriptions are the protected property of Kelly Maver and For Beer Budget Brides. This poem and descriptions can be used for noncommercial purposes. Please just cite this web site as the origin and source of content. Thank you!


This site is not affiliated with Yankee Candles. All information is for personal use only.

My Bridal Shower Wedding Poem using the Best Chick Flick Romance and Wedding Movies!

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If you are a bridesmaid, perhaps you may consider creating a gift basket of fabulous wedding and romance movies. You can use the poem I wrote below to go along with it (just substitute names in the parentheses). You can have each bridesmaid read a stanza and hold up the movies that go with it. Many of the movies I found on DVD for under $5 on Amazon. You can also save money and just print out pictures of the movie poster images or DVD covers in color ink on cardstock. Guests can then vote for their favorite of all the movies or guess which one the bride likes best! Follow it up with a bridesmaid sleepover or get together and have a movie marathon!


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Chick-Flick Bridal Shower Poem!

It’s My Best Friend’s Wedding

And I have a lot to say

So (bride’s name)

Listen to my advice

And you will have a perfect wedding day!

No Dirty Dancing
when you and (groom’s name)

Have that first dance

Remember (name of father), the Father of the Bride

Reserved his dance with you in advance.

Don’t be the Runaway Bride

And leave too soon!

Don’t escape Before Sunrise

because (family member or friend) is planning on

partying till the next afternoon!

Please don’t make us try on

27 Dresses
that don’t fit right!

Just choose what you want,

Because there is no way

We are wearing it after the big night!

We don’t want any Wedding Crashers

So we hired security

Both (male) and (male) promised,

“Nobody’s getting through me!”

Please don’t let (friend’s name)

attempt to step in as The Wedding Singer !

Even though (he/she)

Thinks (he/she) is

(bride’s favorite singer)’s

dead ringer.

Have great aim

when you throw

that beautiful bouquet,

We all believe in Love Actually

And (single female friend’s or relative’s name) will tackle anyone who gets in her way!

We know (groom’s name) will think

Mamma Mia!

When his Pretty Woman

walks down the aisle

You won’t have to Say Anything…

He will just know by your smile.

You are destined to be,

A stunning Princess Bride.

Just know your Bridesmaids

and I

Will be standing

proudly by your side.

Follow my advice

and you will avoid

a My Big Fat Greek Wedding

like disaster!

Follow your heart

And you and (groom’s name)

will live happily Ever After !

This poem and post are the protected property of Kelly Maver and For Beer Budget Please feel free to share and reproduce the poem and materials but reference this site and Kelly Maver as the original author. Thank you!

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