In the end, we were very surprised at how many of our guests used SimpleRegistry. As the name implies, the process was simple as can be.
There were items we could NOT have had w/o SimpleRegistry which allowed our guests to donate towards. The surprise for my mom. I found her wedding dress from 1965. I found a tailor who could reconstruct the dress to a modern cut (more my style), but the price was steep. So, I added it to the registry.
The best part is that we can always use the gifted money from one gift towards another. Now we aren't sitting in a sea of frivolous manufactured things. Rather, we are sitting in a sea of home furnishing dreams!
Our friends and family seemed to really enjoy using SimpleRegistry. They told us that it was easy and fun and they got to see the things we really wanted. Several folks got us "pieces" of many different items. Each SR registry is as unique as each couple that signs up. It truly is freedom for everyone!
Our wedding was a little untraditional (just like us!), and it was wonderful to be able to find a registry service that allowed and even encouraged us to think outside the box.