Something unusual I ran across, from the marriage coverage of Louis Selig and Sadie Salomonsky, Norfolk, VA, 14 November 1888. Newspapers covering weddings, down to who wore what, was pretty common in small towns in the late 19th century, but this particular article actually listed the wedding presents provided to the couple. Many of them, in any case; the article notes “There were other presents made by E[lizabeth] City [NC] friends who were not there.”
The present list is quite informative regarding what was provided to the couple. It’s a far cry from the registry at Crate and Barrel or Bed, Bath, and Beyond.