Using Starlight Registry, expensive gifts are now possible. Rather than getting lots of smaller items, couples can ask guests to contribute towards one large item they want to purchase. As more guests contribute to this item, a 'thermometer' shows the guests how much money has already been donated towards that item and how much is remaining to complete the item's purchase.
The benefit of Starlight Registry is precisely the fact that many guests can contribute towards one large item. For example, Giving Money to put towards a house deposit could have a large and immediate effect on a couple's life and overall happiness. Imagine if every guest contributed money towards a couple's house deposit. Before long the couple has moved up their life plan of purchasing a home by 20 years. Alternatively, there may be a couple who is unable to afford their dream honeymoon. By asking wedding guests to help make their honeymoon dream a reality, the couple gets something they really want and need. These two presents are achievable through Starlight Registry's online contributory wedding registry service.
"Another increasing trend that has become apparent amongst wedding registries is the idea of a 'contributory registry' or 'contribution registry', whereby multiple guests can collectively contribute to the purchasing of a single larger gift for the couple, whereas traditionally each guest would usually contribute to a single lower value item. The term 'contributory registry' was coined by Starlight Registry in 2010.” Excerpt from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_registry