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The de-duplication is very handy, but I think the main point of a wedding registry is so you know the thing you're gifting is something the couple will actually get use out of.

If you know the couple well enough to get a meaningful gift that is not on the registry, go for it, but I've been to plenty of weddings where I was not close enough to the couple to know their tastes/needs for something as personal as homegoods. No one wants to embark on their new life as a married couple with a bunch of stuff cluttering their house that they'll never use and just have to drop off at Goodwill (or worse, go through the hassle of returns - how many different stores would the gifts come from with no registry?), and no one wants to buy a present knowing that's what will most likely happen to it.

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