btw - I pretty much only ever give money as a gift these days. I know how darn useful it is and its also way easier than stressing about the right gift. Plus seriously if i am given another platter i could start a platter museum! (though if anyone who has given me a platter reads this then i promise i love your platter
For ours we did an online registry - "not another toaster" and put items like a family tree (a large tree we'll plant out the back), plants, mushroom growing kit, shed shelves, wheelbarrow, camping chairs, cocktails, breakfast in bed, romantic dinner out all for our honeymoon, river cruise, chocolate factory tour tickets, port Arthur ghost tour tickets, and other activities for our honeymoon. Joel made it humorous, put jokes and funny comments next to each one, and we picked hilarious photos for each item.
Then each gift - say camping chair at $80 each was split into $20 lots. So 4 people could put toward it. The family tree (and a bench seat under it) was split into $2 lots so each guest could put $2 toward it if they wanted.
Essentially people were giving money, but toward something we want. Its up to us to buy those things (which we definitely will). Both sets of parents chose an item from it and asked to buy it themselves, so we took them off the registry.
Nearly everything was bought and about 50 guests gave cards with money in them. One gave an actual present at the wedding. All in all several guests told us it was a great idea, theyd never seen a site like that before, and loved reading the comments Joel wrote and seeing what activities we were doing on the honeymoon. If anyone's interested - the plants were bought immediately before anything else, I put up another lot of plants, and they all got bought too. (in total $500 of plants split into $25 lots) They were closely followed by the mushroom kit, family tree and honeymoon activities!