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Best Wedding Registries

Whether you’ve already set up home together or are just starting out, the important thing to remember is that your friends and family generally want to give you things and want them to be things you’ll appreciate and use after your wedding day.

​After having one of the most important and exciting days you might ever have, you don’t want to begin married life worrying over duplicated or unwanted gifts, or indeed, that you might be setting up home in a couple of weeks, and nobody’s got you, say, a microwave.

What Is A Wedding Registry

The first wedding registry program was set up back in 1924 by a company called Marshall Field and the core idea of a bridal registry hasn't changed all that much since then. Every couple is going to get gifts from their guests for their wedding. No guest really knows what the couple needs and wants.

​So the basic idea is that a couple goes to a retailer and lists all the cool things they need for themselves that their guests can buy. A wedding registry is nothing more than a list of stuff a couple wants their guests to buy them.

While the general idea hasn't changed much, technology certainly has changed the process for creating a wedding registry. It is radically different than the old days. Target stores pioneered the electronic self-service gift registry in 1993 and then scanning took hold across all retail bridal registries.

​​More recently the internet has changed things a lot. Where it was just traditional retailers that offered bridal registries you now also have many websites and websites-only companies that offer really high-quality wedding registries.

​The other big trend in recent years is the aggregation of wedding registry items across retailers so you can list things from many places on one account.

Full List of the 30 Best Wedding Registry Options

 

Amazon

The everything store is perfect for your wedding registry. Includes great offers for Prime members and lets you add things from other retailers too.

 

My Registry

Add gifts from any website onto one universal gift registry. Convenient, fast and so easy to get started.

 

 

WayFair

A zillion things home. Over 5,000 brands of products across all major home categories, such as furniture, décor, kitchen, bed, and bath.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Belk

Bloomingdales

Cooking.Com

Crate And Barrel

Dillards


Elder-Beerman

Gaiam

Home Depot

Gift Gather

JC Penney


Kohl's

Linens-N-Things

Macys

Neiman Marcus

Sears

Target

Restoration Hardware

Williams Sonoma

Pottery Barn

Zola

Living Together? What To Do About A Wedding Registry

So you live together, you already have your home designed and filled with all the things you could ever want. Do you need a wedding registry? The reality is that your guests are going to want to buy you something and they prefer to just get something off the wedding registry websites you have set up. Yes, that's right, you are going to set up your registry. No surprises here folks. So if you aren't getting your fancy china and furnishing your house for the first time, what do you ask for? After talking to multiple couples in this situation here's our list of recommendations.

Missing Items & Extras
Take a look around your home and look for things that you don't have but need. Is your china collection weak, do you need everyday dishes because the hand me downs are on their last legs? Take advantage of the wedding registry to fill in the gaps across your home.

Also, now is a great time to get more of the basics. Bath towels and linens, sheets and towels, fancy smelling candles are all things that guests will happily buy and that you need a lot of.

Upgrade Your Stuff
This is a nice chance to upgrade your stuff. You know the things that you've had for ages that just aren't cool enough or expensive enough. Better dishes, matching cutlery and fancy knives. Maybe your blender or your pans are aged and new ones are going to better match your kitchen design.

​There's nothing wrong with using the registry to get higher-quality versions of items you already own.

Shop for Someone in Need
Use this chance to make a difference for somebody else. Dedicate your registry to someone less fortunate by setting up a charitable registry filled with causes you believe in so guests can donate to your favorite charities. Since you already have everything you need, “give” instead of “get” for your wedding; you'll feel good knowing someone in need is getting the contribution!

Get Something Fun & Interesting
A wedding registry is a great opportunity to do something a little more fun. When we say we mean go for the gusto, get something that you would never spend the money on, get something that can help the two of you enjoy each other more (like a bike or canoe). Maybe a cool new BBQ or woodworking bench for projects. Camping gear and sporting goods can also be a nice way to do the non-boring.

A Trip or Experience
Have your guests contribute to a vacation or your honeymoon. Yes, you can do that these days and if you have lived together it may be a great way to pay for your honeymoon and enjoy a beautiful experience together. If that's too extreme what about something adventurous.

Make it Special
There is no rule that says you must stick to the traditional. Instead, focus your attention on specialty shops. Wine, desserts, coffee, candles, fine liqueurs, free trade crafts, antiques, art galleries — register at stores that are off-the-grid in addition to a more traditional registry.