The Wedding Registry: Going AWOL

It's officially wedding season once again, which means if you're like us, you're currently deciding between a motley mix of four hand towels and three salad plates, or a random selection of kitchen tools. But contrary to how it may appear, you do have other options. While we appreciate and respect the couple's right to choose, sometimes it's nice to think outside the digital list, and gift a present that your wedded friends would never to think to ask for. We enlisted three of our most trusted wedding experts across the country: Adrianne Mellen Ramstack of Adrianne Elizabeth events, Vané Broussard of the Brooklyn Bride blog, and Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Bash Please, to weigh-in with their top-five picks for memorable presents. Trust us--if you send one of these ahead of the big day, you'll be sitting at the VIP table. dh-off-registry-names-01 WHAT: Former event guru for InStyle magazine turned wedding planner and founder of Adrianne Elizabeth event planning. WHERE: Columbus, Ohio

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FOR THEIR CORRESPONDENCE: Custom Stationery Set by Ink and Ivory, $260, Ink and Ivory FOR A BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID MOMENT: Bowery Lane Tandem Bicycle, $1500, BHLDN FOR THE FARM-TO-TABLE FACTOR:  CSA Subscription, From $50, Local Harvest
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FOR THE CELEBRATORY TOAST: Orrefors by Karl Lagerfeld Champagne Coupé, $150, Bloomingdales FOR JET-SETTING: Rimowa Salsa, $595, Zappos  

dh-off-registry-names WHAT: Interior designer and founder of the first modern-focused bridal blog, Brooklyn Bride. WHERE: Brooklyn, New York

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FOR THEIR BLANK WALL: Places On Earth Print by Oliver Jeffers, $180, You And Me The Royal We FOR THE MEMORIES: Gift Certificate for a Hardcover Photo Book by Artifact Uprising, $69, Artifact Uprising FOR THE ANNIVERSARIES: Anniversary Wine Box, $79, Wine For A Wedding
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FOR THE CAMERA-SHY COUPLE: ShhhMyDarling Custom Wedding Portrait,  $105, Etsy FOR A COLD ONE ON-DEMAND: Beer Making Kit, $40, Brooklyn Brew Shop  

dh-off-registry-names-02 WHAT: Founders of LA's full-service event production and design house Bash Please and co-creators of The Cream, a modern, experiential take on the bridal fair. WHERE: Los Angeles, CA

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FOR GOOD LUCK: Brass Good Luck Elephant, $28, High Street Market FOR THEIR BEDSIDE READING: Andrew Berg Lamp, $200, General Store FOR HIS POCKET CHANGE: Ballerina Bowls, $58, Canoe
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FOR RESTING THE KETTLE: Futagami Brass Trivet, $75, Goodsie FOR FAMILY DINNERS: Vintage Embroidered Tablecloth, $99, High Street Market