Now, those lovely little things... coffee pots, toasters, blenders... are the little things that make a house into a home (along with love, security, and comfort of course). The idea is that two individuals are becoming a family, so let's help with the things that make a family, the little daily necessities. A honeymoon is in no way a necessity. The marriage is a trip they'll remember for the rest of their lives. The honeymoon is a nice extra, but after it's over, it in no way enhances your daily life.
I entirely disagree with this. 1) Many people consider travel the best possible use for money, and 2) Isn't it up to the couple to decide what will make their lives richer? If you disagree with their assessment, go buy them a gravy boat as I suggested, which you would be free to do no matter what
they registered for.
You can make toast in the oven, blend by hand, and all you really need for coffee is a filter and a saucepan and a mug (with a little imagination you can simulate a French press). You don't need
those things, it's just that having them is better than not having them. The same can be said for having the memory of cliff-diving in Fiji.
And if a couple is prepared to make do with whatever stuff they may already have and slowly replace it with newer/nicer things after a few years on their own in favor of taking an amazing trip right after their wedding, then who are you to determine that they are being greedy? How does this in any
way resemble a dollar dance?
And to address your first point: who wants two dinners out on the same day? A registry serves the same function here as anywhere else--except
for the part about it being a scam, which I acknowledged in my original post. I'm talking about the spirit of the idea, not the execution.