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Having lived in a tiny apartment while planning a wedding, I know that a traditional registry is a blessing and curse. On the one hand, giving your guests (who will inevitably want to buy you nice things) direction about what to purchase is a win-win situation (no weird pottery for you, friend). On the other hand, it’s not really all that helpful if ninety percent of your gifts are going to be put in storage at your mom’s house until… forever. And still, I’ve always been slightly dubious about alternative registries. Until Better Ever After. Better Ever After is an experience gift registry in New York City (expanding to Toronto and possibly your city next!). And while on the surface they might look like other alternative registries, they are actually the most APW alternative registry I’ve ever come in contact with. For starters:
Mawwiage Is What Bwings You Togeva
Better Ever After is one of the only alternative registries that is focused on what comes after the wedding. And no, I don’t mean the honeymoon. I’m talking about your marriage. Olivia, Better Ever After‘s founder, explained, “So much of the wedding is focused on just that one day. It’s easy to forget that the wedding is just the first day of your marriage! We hope that people use our gifts to continue to have fun with their partners and create those awesome memories and stories that you tell your friends and your kids. After all, you didn’t get married to collect more stuff.” The way it works is that your guests can purchase specific (and rad) experiences for you and your partner to enjoy, like brewing your own beer, painting a masterpiece, or getting an interior design lesson, and you end up with something fun to do during that weird transition time when you’re coming down off the wedding high and going back to regular life.
The Price Is Right
Better Ever After is not just awesome for couples; it’s also the alternative gift registry that considers your guests too. Yes, even your most traditional, most annoying auntie. Better Ever After specifically tailors their experiences so that they are affordable for everyone, from the folks who are flying solo (like the $55 homebrewing course) to the groups who want to pitch in on something together (like the $300 private at-home cooking class that I would like for myself pleaseandthankyou). Though most of their gifts fall conveniently in the $100 range. As an added bonus, and really the selling point for me, Better Ever After promises that what you’re buying for the couple is exactly what they end up getting. Trust me when I say it’s a blessing to be locked into an experience that you asked for; nothing is a bigger buzzkill than when you buy groceries with your wedding presents. Plus most of the gift certificates never expire, so you can keep having fun two, three, or even five years into your marriage. (What I wouldn’t give to take the guesswork out of date night right now.)
They’re Coming For You
Right now Better Ever After is only available in New York, but they’re expanding to Toronto this spring. To get an exclusive preview of their Toronto expansion, head over here and sign up for one of their limited preview slots. Not in Toronto or New York, but still think Better Ever After sounds pretty rad? Well, they want YOU to tell them where to go next! Go nominate your city over here. (Pretty please can we bring them to San Francisco next? I want to put some of these experiences on my Christmas wish list.)
Better Ever After has worked really hard to curate a collection of experiences that you would actually want to put on your registry. They are the kind of experiences that enrich your relationship, but don’t take up precious closet space. Plus you a) get the full value of the gift, unlike honeymoon registries; b) can use them whenever you want, which is great when you’re stuck in a date-night rut; and c) don’t take up extra room in your kitchen. (Winning!) As for your guests, you know what’s way more fun to give than weird pottery? A gift certificate for a class to learn how to make your own weird pottery. I can practically hear all the APW aunties exhaling a sigh of relief as we speak.