Creating your registry is one of the most fun wedding activities to check off your wedding planning list (right up there with cake tasting!). But given that you can register for anything at just about anywhere, figuring out where to register for your wedding can be a bit overwhelming.В
Since no two couples are alike-registering should reflect your tastes and likes as a couple. The good thing is you can register at more than one location to suit all of your needs.
Here, a list of all of the best places to register for your special day.
Best Overall: Amazon
If you want to register for anything and everything Amazon is your one-stop-shop. Here, you'll be able to add more traditional houseware items but you can also add stuff like fitness equipment, smart home devices, TVs and anything else Amazon has to offer.
- Up to 20% off completion discount.
- Returns up to 180 days.
- Fast, free shipping.
Most Comprehensive: Zola
Want a site that handles gifts, gift cards, and honeymoons? Zola is your best bet. Besides being able to register for practically anything-it also allows you to create your own website where you can manage RSVPs, add registry information, and even purchase matching invitations to your site.
- Free wedding website.
- Register for products, gift cards, and honeymoon funds.
- 20% completion discount valid for six months.
Best In-Store Experience: Bed, Bath, and Beyond
When it comes to one-stop shopping convenience, few retailers can beat Bed, Bath & Beyond. It's the perfect place to scan all of your essentials, like housewares, linens, and appliances. And since they offer tons of different brands, you can select must-have's at a range of different price points.
- In-store experience.
- Smartphone app.
- 20% completion discount.
Best Registry and Websites
Registering at traditional stores like Bloomingdales and Crate & Barrel isn't for everyone. You prefer to pick and choose one-of-a-kind gifts from unique boutiques around the Internet. Luckily, with MyRegistry, you can do just that. You can even register for non-tangibles, such as cooking classes and skydiving sessions. Literally, nothing is off limits! You can also use MyRegistry to register at stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, and Pier One, none of which have their own branded registries.
For the couple looking for one seriously all-inclusive registry, look no further than Blueprint Registry. This unique online registry lets you add products to one list from big-box retailers or from your favorite local store. You can search for and add gifts by room, designate pricier items as a group gift, or even register for cash-based gifts like a honeymoon fun, date nights, or a fund for your favorite charity. Two weeks after your wedding Blueprint Registry will send you a master list of each gift you received, who it was from, and a return guide, to make thank-you notes and exchanges a breeze.
Best for the Entire Home
With featured brands like All-Clad, Breville, Ralph Lauren, Michael Aram, and Waterford, you can expect to select housewares that are both functional and stylish when you register at Bloomingdale's. From fine china and kitchen essentials to decorative accents and cleaning supplies, Bloomingdale's offers a huge selection of goods with plenty of perks to go along with them. Aside from having a slew of gorgeous housewares, dinnerware, and dГ©cor at your fingertips (only a laser gun scan away!) they have an impressive registry program. Their wedding registry motto? "Love. Cherish. Keep."
Create a registry at Kohl's if you're looking for a large and affordable selection of housewares. With the mission to help you turn your new house into a home, there's no shortage of stylish finds at this budget-friendly retailer. And their reward perks can't be beaten: Earn 10% on all gifts from your registry (up to $200) in the form of a Kohl's coupon that can be used after the big day! They also offer a completion program where you can get 15% off any registry items that weren't purchased, so you can grab any gifts remaining on your list! Kohl's also offers manufacturer bonus gifts, free announcement cards (with 20% off coupons!) and seamless returns and exchanges.
Even if you already live together and have every single basic you could ever need, you still need to create a wedding registry for guests that prefer not to give monetarily. Enter Restoration Hardware. Cool decorative items with European-inspired style are plentiful here, and for items you loved but didn't receive, you have up to one year after your event to purchase them with a 10% completion discount.
It's no secret that this retail giant has become hugely popular, and if you are one of the many fans of their "designer goods for less" credo, you should certainly stop by Target to register. You'll also get a 15% completion discount to use in-store and online for those last few gifts on your list. Target also offers a "group gifting" feature that allows a group of people to go all-in on a bigger gift for the couple.
For devoted foodies and big entertainers, Williams-Sonoma should be an obvious registry pick. With tons of professional-grade cookware, beautiful home accents, and entertaining essentials, you can pick out nearly everything you'll need. You'll get bonus gifts when guests purchase certain products off your registry, a post-wedding discount of 10% off purchases for six months following your wedding, and private appointments with a registry specialist to select products or learn how to use the ones you already received.
Crate & Barrel
For couples drawn to modern housewares, sleek furniture, and entertaining essentials-all at an affordable price point-a Crate & Barrel registry is a must. As a thank-you for signing up, the retailer will give you a set of best-selling stemless wine glasses and an embroidered linen bag. Along with a top-notch selection of goods, you'll also receive free save-the-date cards from Paperless Post and complementary registry announcement cards. Crate & Barrel also offers a 10% completion discount for six months post-wedding. Every item on your registry ships free, and they have an easy-to-use "thank you manager."
To get a stylish, relaxed vibe throughout your home, may we suggest a Pottery Barn registry? With design service to help you find the perfect pieces for every room in your house, it's the ideal retailer for couple's cohabiting for the very first time. And if you're a fan of customized, monogrammed housewares, Pottery Barn can add your new moniker to just about anything. Plus, you'll get a 10% completion discount in the six months following your wedding, so you can grab any remaining gifts at a great price.
With a huge selection of brands, products, and styles, you'll be able to cross nearly everything off of your list here. And with locations on both the east and west coast, your friends and family can shop in-store with ease. You'll also receive Star Rewards accumulated based on the gifts purchased through your registry. When your guests go shopping, they'll also receive 10%t off the purchase, as well as five percent back for themselves! And, post-wedding, Macy's offers a 20% completion discount.
Not only is Ethan Allen a leader in home furnishing, but this store is also a leader in wedding registries. Ethan Allen offers couples a complimentary sit-down meeting with their design pros so they can get insider tips on how to register for and design the home of their dreams. Wedding registrants also get free announcement cards and a 15% completion discount for six months after your wedding day.
Whether you're setting up your home for the first time or revamping the home you've already started together, IKEA has everything you'd ever want for the home at competitive prices. While IKEA might be associated with college living, there are plenty of more sophisticated options, as well. From cooking essentials to bed and bath basics, organizational necessities to finishing touches, you'll love registering at IKEA. IKEA has a wedding registry app you can use straight from your phone, plus a wedding registry inspiration guide to get you on the right path!
With everything from dГ©cor to housewares, appliances to furniture, you can register for something for every room in your home with JCPenney. The giant retailer has more than 1,000 stores throughout the U.S., so it will be as simple to make an in-store purchase as well as an online purchase. Using your registry announcement, gift-givers will receive 20% on every in-store purchase of $50 or more. For the couple, there's even an app where they can manage the wedding registry on the go and in real-time. Registrants will be able to save 10% off items still on their registry for six months post-"I do."
For brides in search of unexpected patterns, quirky flair, and exquisite attention to detail, registering at Anthropologie is a no-brainer. Find dГ©cor for the bedroom, bathroom, dining room and kitchen. You can register on the Anthropologie app or in-store.
On top of their large selection of name brand kitchenware, furniture, and home dГ©cor, Wayfair offers curated collections that make it easy for brides to sort through all the products to pick and choose what suits their style. Wayfair is also one of the wedding registries that offers group gifting. Wayfair offers a 10% completion discount after the "I do's" are done.
Dillard's has plenty of incentives for registering with specific brands. For example, if you complete $500 worth of Cuisinart products, Dillard's throws in a set of multi-color mixing bowls. Or, if you register for and receive eight place settings, Dillard's will gift you a vegetable bowl in a matching after. There are many more completion incentives listed on their site. Also, after your wedding, Dillard's offers a generous 20% completion discount.
Personalization is one of the elements that make Frontgate stand out from other retailers when it comes to wedding registries. Like many of the other stores on this list, Frontgate offers furniture and home essentials any new couple would love to pick and choose from, but on top of that, Frontgate offers engraving on many of their items. (And if you're getting a new last name, you probably are going to want to show it off!) From monogrammed serving trays to welcome mats, the personalization options are endless. Frontgate also offers private in-store registry appointments where you can get all your questions answered.
Jonathan Adler's unique "Happy Chic" aesthetic can brighten up any newlywed home. For couples looking to stock up on ceramics, rugs, and colorful textiles, look no further. You'll also get a 10% completion discount on products you don't receive.
In addition to gorgeous handbags and statement jewelry, Kate Spade has a selection of stylish home dГ©cor. If you're loving the look of Kate Spade's lamps and kitchenware, you'll be happy to know they offer a wedding registry. Plus, Kate Spade offers elegant gift wrapping, lending an extra touch of class to every gift on the registry.
If you're looking for top-of-the-line dinnerware, fine linens, and beautiful table accessories, head to Neiman Marcus wedding registry department. This registry is best suited for couples near a store, though, as not all online selections will be available to add to your list. Neiman Marcus offers free gift packaging, free shipping and free returns on all purchases, as well as an online thank you note manager and a 10% completion discount. In addition, when you register with Neiman Marcus you can arrange for the Neiman Marcus restaurant to cater your wedding events at 10% off.
Since 1948, this dreamy shop has offered modern, high-quality tableware and home accessories that will last a lifetime. We're big fans of their dinnerware sets, which come in an array of colors to match the vibe of your kitchen. And thanks to the store's flexible registry, your wedding guests have the option of shopping in-store or online at their convenience. They have a website with an extensive selection as well as physical locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Sue Fisher King
Sue Fisher King is a carefully curated treasure trove of whimsical home furnishings bursting with color and personality. Build your registry with all the quirky tchotchkes and exquisite sheets your heart desires.
This airy store is made for couples with a minimalistic style, discerning taste, and a deep love for cooking and entertaining. Find all the things you need to create your dream kitchen space-from stunning copper tea kettles and Italian ceramic serving bowls to cool fringed napkins and plush suede oven mitts.
Hudson Grace is a destination for stylish dГ©cor that's simple, stunning, and beautifully constructed. If you're after that chic-yet-relaxed coastal California lifestyle look, then this is the store for you. You and your fiancГ© will be enamored by the selection of lush linens, refined tabletop items, romantic candles, and elegant entertaining accessories.
A West Elm registry is practically a must-have for couples looking to fill their first home. Take advantage of their free Home Stylists that can help you register for the pieces that will upgrade your space. From kitchen and tabletop necessities to cool home accents and furniture, you can register for each and every room in your house. And with 10% off every item left on your registry for six months following you wedding day, you can be sure you start off married life in style. As an extra incentive, couples that register with West Elm also receive 30% off from wedding website design Riley & Grey.
Event planner Jung Lee approaches registering in a fresh new way at her New York City boutique. They offer a variety of home necessities along with unique and beautiful accent pieces. And with a team of designers (not salespeople!) they'll help you create a stylish first home that's as functional as it is pleasing to the eye.
The Container Store
Combining two separate lives into one is both exciting and scary. That's where a registry with The Container Store comes into play. Their product solution and expert advice make creating one cohesive and happy household a breeze. And with group gifting and 10% off to help you complete your registry, there's no limit on how organized you can make your first home. When guests spend $75 or more, their able to score free shipping and free gift wrapping!
An electronics retailer might not feel like a natural registry pick, but you'd be surprised at the benefits of signing up with Best Buy. With picks for every room in your house, group-gifting that allows several guests to give as much as they want towards big-ticket items, and a 10% completion bonus to finish purchasing the necessities you didn't receive, what's not to love about a Best Buy registry? Plus, their app lets you add gifts as you go, whether you're shopping in store or online, so you're always connected.
MOMA Design Store
Do you love art and design? Does a MoMA membership sound like an ideal wedding gift? Then it's time consider a registry with at the MoMA Design Store. Every purchase supports the museum and its programs, so not only will you get one-of-a-kind design objects, furniture, lighting, and art, but you'll also get to give back to a great cause. The 10% completion bonus doesn't hurt, either.
Tiffany & Co.
For the couple that treasures the idea of family heirlooms, timeless and beautiful Tiffany & Co. is an obvious registry stop. While it's certainly a pricier retailer, there are plenty of more affordable vases and bowls that can help round out an otherwise pricier selection of goods.
This design shop makes luxury attainable, with so many gorgeous items you just might add too many things to your wedding registry. Find bedding, linens, tableware, dinnerware, candles, elegant bathroom essentials, and more. They offer complimentary phone consultations, so you'll always got someone to help you navigate what you want and need for your home. Snowe also provides a thank you management program, and offers a 15% completion discount, as well as a generous 20% discount again when your first anniversary rolls around.
The Little Market
Brought to you by Lauren Conrad, The Little Market is a nonprofit offering housewares and decor, all of which is ethically sourced, artisan-made and fair trade. Gift givers will appreciate knowing the profits from their gifts will go to The Little Marktet's artisan partners in disadvantaged or impoverished communities throughout 20 countries around the world.
Since you may find yourself crafting like crazy pre-wedding, one way to help you get some money back is by using the Etsy registry. Not only can you pick out cute gifts and decorations, you can also help support small businesses and artists all over the world.
Best for the Kitchen
Sur La Table
If you're passionate about cooking, Sur La Table, and their over 9,000 products, is where you must register. With exclusive products made just for the retailer, there are foodie finds you simply can't get anywhere else. Receive 10% off any products you don't receive for six months. While you're at it, you'll definitely want to check out their legendary in-store cooking classes where you and your honey can learn to whip up amazing meals (the kind you'll be serving on your the new dinnerware you've registered for!).
If you consider yourselves more serious vinophiles, then ACME wines in Napa Valley is exactly what you need for your registry. The revered boutique wine shop, that sells some of the rarest, most exclusive, and cult small production wines from California and beyond, can work with you one on one to create a wine-registry that builds your own personal collection as a couple. Guests can buy you bottles of wine curated from a list based on your likes and desires so you can start your marriage off right: with lots and lots of beautiful wine to toast your new life together.
Food52 has more than 2,000 items in their extensive inventory, with lovely selections for every room in the home. From the kitchen to the dinner table, the living room the bedroom, make the wishlist of your dreams. Registrants will receive a 10% completion discount for six months after the wedding.
Where to Register for Everything Else
Art aficionados, take note: You can start up (or add to) your art collection when you register with UGallery. Guests can browse your desired artwork and select a piece of artwork, purchase an individual gift card, or chip in with friends on a group gift. All purchases come with free shipping and returns (up to 30 days), and the artwork will be delivered straight the registrant's door step. Like traditional registries, UGallery even offers a 15% completion discount.
Outdoorsy and adventurous couples will be thrilled to know that REI has a wedding registry where they can register for all the camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, paddling, running, and yoga gear they've had their eye on.
Founded by a couple looking for help making their dream honeymoon a reality, Honeyfund is the perfect way for guests to donate to your post-wedding vacation. Guests can donate to your total travel costs or for individual experiences, like dinners out or massages. There are many sites out there that are devoted to creating honeymoon funds, including: Wanderable, Honeymoon Wishes, Traveler's Joy and more. Find out more about these honeymoon funds and more in 7 Honeymoon Registry Sites All Brides Should Know.
Attention pizza lovers: you can now register for Domino's pizza. It's the best wedding registry for couples who want to give their guests a laugh, that's for sure (who wouldn't chuckle at gifting pizza to the newlyweds?). According to Domino's, they providing "the first registry for couples who prefer delicious melty cheese to crystal gravy boats."
For those that feel like they have it all or don't want anything at all, you may want to consider using a registry where your wedding guests can donate to the charity or non-profit of your choice. For couple's that already have everything they could ever need, consider a charitable registry on a website like JustGive.org, which allows you to create a registry where guests can give to a foundation of your choosing in your honor.
5 Wedding Registry Tips
Don't jump online and just start registering without giving it some serious thought. Before you start clicking away with abandon and commit yourself to specific stores, consider these key pieces of advice from expert wedding planner Sandy Malone.
1. Plan Ahead and Figure Out Exactly What You Need for Married Life
If you're older and your household is complete, you're probably going to be upgrading things you've already got, or branching out. Crate & Barrel is a great place to get all your starter accessories, but if you're ready to upgrade, Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table might have a better selection. Bed Bath & Beyond has expanded their crystal and china sections to the point where some brides don't feel the need to register at department stores, but they don't carry every designer or the most upscale of everything.
2. Register at More than One Store
Don't overlap what you're requesting, but if you're going to register at Home Depot, it's a good idea to counter that with something like Macy's, where guests who don't want to get you a weed whacker can find a more traditional gift. Also, if you're registering with a little shop in your hometown because that's where all your family's friends will shop for you, make sure your second selection has a full-blown online wedding registry section for the folks who can't conveniently shop in your hometown.
3. Research Return Policies and Completion Discounts
Thoroughly investigate the store's policies regarding how long you have to purchase things off your registry at a discount after your wedding and also find out how long you have to return items for the full value. Make sure you won't be stuck with duplicate items from well-meaning friends who didn't check things off your registry. Nowadays, people will go looking for your registry items someplace less expensive. You can't return those things to the store where you are registered, so you have to keep that in mind. And find out if you can make returns for cash instead of store credit-not many stores will do that anymore.
4. Keep Track of Everything
Finally, after you're registered, check your online wedding registries when you receive a gift that you know you requested. If things were purchased elsewhere, change the quantity you need or delete them entirely once you've received them so that somebody else doesn't get you the same thing. Sure, you can return or exchange it, but you're going to be busy with a whole lot of more interesting things after your wedding.
5. Don't Add Your Registry Information to Your Wedding Invitation
There is one place where you wedding registry information definitely does not belong, and that's your wedding invitation. Not only is it tacky, it can actually be considered rude. So, what's a bride to do? First of all, she can spread the word. Let both sets of parents, the wedding party and any other close friends in on the information, because chances are people are going to be asking them for your wedding registry information. Second, it's perfectly acceptable to add your wedding registry information to your wedding website (and since your wedding website can be included on your wedding invitation, it's a roundabout way of subtly providing your registry information on the invitation anyway).
Many sites and stores offer wedding registry cards. You might be tempted to throw those cards into the envelope alongside your invitation, but don't. This is still considered rude. Let the wedding invitation be just that: a wedding invitation, not a request for gifts. You might be wondering, then, what's the point of a registry announcement card? You can keep them in your purse and give them to those that ask for it in person (which will definitely happen).
One exception to all this is the bridal or couple's shower invitation. Since that event centers around gift-giving, that is one time where it's polite (and helpful!) to include registry information.
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