57 Best Places to Register for Wedding Gifts
It seems like there are a million places to create your registres (yes, plural—it's a good idea to create a wishlist at two or three different stores) and the idea of having to play favorites between your beloved brands can leave you feeling exhausted.
Don't worry though—we're kind of the experts here, so we wanted to help you along the way. We've compiled an ultimate guide of places you can register, including the ones you've probably already thought of, and the ones you probably haven't but should. We've even evaluated the pros and cons of each. You can thank us late
1. The Knot Registry
Why you’ll love it: Obviously, we love our own universal registry best (so we had to put it first), but it’s not because we’re totally biased. The Knot Registry allows you to create a wedding registry for any store or site of your choice and then link it up, so all the info—including which gifts have been bought—is in the same place.
Potential downsides: You might have to explain to some guests, particularly those who are used to old-school registries, that the registry is here. Shouldn’t be too much of a stretch though.
Bonus perks: You can even register for cash for the honeymoon or to save up to buy a home using The Knot Newlywed Fund. Do you have a favorite charity? Have guests give to it using The Knot Gifts Back too. Spread the word using your wedding website. Also, guests will see your registry info anytime they look you up on TheKnot.com.
Where to start: Register at TheKnot.com or on The Knot app, or register at your favorite stores and sites (check out your options below!) using the same email address as your The Knot account.
Why you'll love it: Amazon sells just about every category of product. Plus, it has a universal registry program, which means you can add items to your registry that aren't on Amazon.com using a browser extension. Also, customers can shop Amazon Smile to support their favorite charities with their registry. There's also a thank-you note feature which allows you to track which guest gave you what.
Potential downsides: You don't have the option for a traditional "walk through the store with a scan gun" experience or having the advantage of seeing things in person before you register for them.
Bonus perks: You can browse curated selections of items, like "dinner and serveware" and the most popular items people are registering for. Or you can check out products from third-party boutique options, like the MoMA Design Store. Amazon Prime members get a 20 percent completion discount, as well as free shipping and other discounts.
Where to start: Register online at Amazon.com.
3. Blueprint Registry
Why you’ll love it: Blueprint is another aggregate registry site, where you can add items from top retailers, boutiques and any website (using a plugin “button.”) Guests can look at all the items you’re registered for at once—and filter them by price—instead of poking around to different sites to get all the details.
Potential downsides: Guests who are wedding registry traditionalists may not get it. They’ll shop directly through Blueprint, so they may not be able to use store coupons.
Bonus perks: You can register for cash, designate big-ticket items as group gifts (so guests can contribute a dollar amount toward their purchase), and also import a registry if you already have one. The site’s interactive Shop Room by Room feature helps you create your list and make sure you’re covering all your bases throughout your home.
Where to start: Create a registry online, and install the Blueprint button to your internet browser, so you can add items.
Why you’ll love it: Etsy is just one website, but it’s more correct to call it multiple “stores.” In fact, the marketplace includes almost two million sellers. On it, you can register for handmade bowls, unique pillows, personalized wall decor, eco-friendly lighting—the list goes on and on. Etsy offers variety, craftsmanship and originality that your average department store doesn’t.
Potential drawbacks: Each seller has its own return policy and shipping methods, so you’ll want to check each item’s listing for all the details before adding it to your wishlist. Etsy doesn’t carry certain things—like kitchen appliances—so you might want to have another registry to really stock up.
Bonus perks: This might be one of the few places you can actually register for vintage items. If antique is your bag, this is your registry.
Where to start: Register and manage your list online.
Why you’ll love it: Add a special button to your internet browser and add any item from any website you want. Or sync your registries from stores’ sites to have all the info in one place. The beauty of MyRegistry—just like other universal registries—is that you don’t have to feel bound by just two or three stores, or places that have their own registry systems. Choose any item from anywhere. You can also registry for cash gifts and for charity donations.
Potential downsides: Even though MyRegistry is free to use, cash gifts and charity donations are charged a handling fee. You may not be able to get a completion discount for some of the items if you’re not registering with the store directly.
Bonus perks: You can also take the MyRegistry app with you to stores and scan items directly to add them to your list. If the store doesn’t have a website, just snap a photo and fill in a few details about your pick.
Where to start: Create your registry online or using the MyRegistry app, or create a store registry then sync it with your MyRegistry account.
Why you’ll love it: Zola is a universal wedding registry that lets you have everything in one place. It has a curated selection of products from brands you’ll recognize, but also lets you raise money through your registry, for things like a honeymoon fund. You can also add experiences, like a cooking class or wine tasting tour.
Potential downsides: Zola has so many registry options (like being able to add any item on the internet) that it’s almost a little daunting.
Bonus perks: Zola has a button you can install in your browser to let you add items from anywhere, so if there’s a boutique in your hometown that you really love that doesn’t offer a registry service, Zola has you covered.
Where to start: Start your registry online or using the Zola app.
Department Store Registries
Why you'll love it: The Belk app lets you scan items with your smartphone to add them to your registry. The app also has checklists and thank-you lists to help you make sure you get everything you need and thank your guests for their generosity.
Potential downsides: Belk only has physical stores in certain states (mostly the southern US), but you can always register online.
Bonus perks: Belk has engagement parties in stores twice a year where you can come in, create a new registry or add to an existing one. The completion discount is usually 15 percent, but the store also holds two 10-day completion events during the year where couples can get 20 percent off on select items. Using the Belk app, you can scan items with your phone to add them to your registry. You may also earn rebates for free gifts if guests purchase certain registry items.
Where to start: Register in one of Belk's 293 stores, online or with its free registry app.
Why you’ll love it: If high-end brands are what you’re after, Bloomingdale’s is an ideal registry destination. The store has consultants that work strictly on wedding registries, and they’re a consistent resource while you’re going through the process. It offers completion discounts too: 10 percent off for the first six months after your event and 20 percent off during special discount times.
Potential downsides: Bloomingdale’s offers a huge variety of items, but not a huge variety of price points. This may not be the most wallet-friendly option for your guests.
Bonus perks: Since Bloomingdale’s has clothes, it gives discounts to registry couples for certain clothing items, including 20 percent off dresses, suits, jewelry and intimates. Look out for invites to in-store events, such as spa days and men’s styling events.
Where to start: Register in stores or online and manage your registry through the Bloomingdale’s app.
Why you'll love it: Boscov's has registry consultants in stores (and online) to help couples build registries and then monitor the lists in case something goes out of stock or everything gets bought early. Additionally, when a couple registers at Boscov's, they get personalized cards to put in their shower invites that give guests a 10 percent discount when shopping for the couple.
Potential downsides: Boscov's only has stores in seven states and they're mostly on the East Coast.
Bonus perks: Couples get a 15 percent shopping pass discount just for registering. Boscov's gives couples 10 percent back on every gift their guests purchase from the registry, and the couple can use that to purchase remaining items. On top of that, the store gives couples a 10 percent completion discount on almost all the items.
Where to start: Open and manage your registry online or in stores.
Why you’ll love it: Dillard’s carries a wide variety of products for the home, including tabletop, decor, electronics and outdoor living. It’s a full-service registry experience, meaning specialists are available to help you through the process.
Potential downsides: Dillard’s stores are only located in 29 states, most of which are in Florida, Texas and other southern states, so guests in the north probably won’t be able to shop locally.
Bonus perks: The department store offers a 20 percent completion discount, which is one of the highest we’ve seen. And you’ll get freebies if you register for certain products and they get bought. There’s no need to register for gift cards; they’ll automatically be added to your list.
Where to start: Register and manage your list online or at a Dillard’s store.
Why you’ll love it: JCPenney has a registry system almost anyone can agree on. You can manage your registry online, in store, and through the JCPenney Wedding Registry app. In fact, as you walk through the store, you can simply scan items with your phone to add them to your list. Plus, there are whopping 865 store locations across the country.
Potential downsides: JCPenney certainly carries a lot of trusted brands in a range of price points, but not high-end designers.
Bonus perks: Print out registry announcement cards at JCP.com; guests will save 20 percent if they make a purchase of $50 or more and present the card in the store. JCPenney offers a 10 percent completion discount to use within six months of your wedding date, and you can redeem it in-store or online.
Where to start: Create your registry online or using the JCP app.
Why you'll love it: Kohl's registry program allows you to manage your registry in stores or online. You can get started by browsing through the registry catalog, which can help guide you through the process. And you can earn 10 percent rewards on gifts purchased from your registry.
Potential downsides: You'll be able to register for every home category (dishes, appliances, linens and so on), but you may not be able to find those unique statement pieces to complete your new abode.
Bonus perks: You can send your guests announcement cards with a 20 percent discount to use on purchases from your registry, and then you can save an extra 15 percent on anything left on your registry up to 90 days after the wedding.
Where to start: Create and manage your registry in stores, online and using the Kohl’s app.
Why you'll love it: Macy's offers a newlywed discount so you can get an extra 20 percent off most of the items left on your registry up to six months after the wedding. Plus, its Registry Star Rewards program allows couples to earn points as people shop for them. So when you receive a gift or buy something from Macy's (like a rehearsal dinner outfit), you can earn points that translate into a gift card.
Potential downsides: Macy's has so many products that you may get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of registry potential.
Bonus perks: Macy's hosts Sip & Scan events during the year where couples can come, listen to DJs or other entertainment, drink refreshments and start on their registries with the help of personalized registry consultants.
Where to start: Add items to your registry in stores or online. Enlist the help of wedding and gift advisors in stores.
14. Neiman Marcus
Why you’ll love it: You’ll find a variety of high-end home products for your registry at a Neiman Marcus store and on its website. When you register, you’ll receive a coupon code for $100 off a $400 purchase. It also offers a 10 percent completion discount.
Potential downsides: There might not be a lot of items in a low price range. Also, there are only 42 Neiman Marcus locations in the US, so your guests might not all have a store local to them.
Bonus perks: Guests will love to take advantage of free gift wrapping and free shipping on registry purchases. And for you, returns are free too (unless the item is monogrammed or otherwise personalized). The site keeps track of who buys you what, so writing thank you notes is a bit easier. You’ll even get 10 percent off catering and dine-in food purchases at the NR restaurant.
Where to start: Make an appointment with a sales rep at your local Neiman Marcus store for in-person assistance, or register online. You can manage your list online.
Home Decor Registries
Why you’ll love it: Anthropologie believes that creating a registry can be one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process. Your registry will stay open for up to a year after your event, and Anthropologie lets you enter two different shipping addresses to accommodate for moves and other big changes during your engagement and after.
Potential downsides: Anthropologie has plenty of products with ecclectic spins on them, perfect for the trendy couple, but you may not find what you’re looking for in terms of simple, minimalistic designs.
Bonus perks: There’s a 15 percent completion discount. (Score!) Your guests can have your gifts wrapped for $4 a box. Even though some larger items don’t apply, Anthropologie can include a gift message for free.
Where to start: Start your registry online or with the Anthropologie app.
16. Ballard Designs
Why you’ll love it: Ballard Designs goes above and beyond the essentials to offer stylish options for couples who are into home design. Furniture, bedding, bath items, lighting, tabletop items and much more is available.
Potential downsides: The aesthetic skews toward the traditional, so you might not find what you’re looking for if you love modern or bohemian decor. There are less than 20 stores in the US, so guests that prefer to do in-person shopping might not have that option.
Bonus perks: You can register for gift cards, which is super smart if you’re moving in the near future and aren’t yet sure what you’ll need to make the new house a home. There are a lot of items available that can be monogrammed for a personal touch.
Where to start: Create and manage your registry online.
17. Bed Bath & Beyond
Why you'll love it: Bed Bath & Beyond offers a ton of favorite brands both in-store and online, so you’ll find everything from fancy (crystal glasses) to practical (closet organizing accessories). You can make an appointment to visit a store and build your registry with a consultant. Bed Bath & Beyond has in-store registry events and a curated online list of customer favorites to help you with making registry decision.
Potential downsides: Bed Bath & Beyond is known for affordability, which means the selection of high-end luxury brands is limited.
Bonus perk: Family and friends can contribute to your registry by giving recommendations for particular products they love. There's also a discount offered postwedding to scoop up any items you really wanted, but no one purchased off your wish list.
Where to start: Create your registry online or in stores and manage it through the Bed Bath & Beyond website or app. Make an appointment in one of their 1,000 stores around the country.
Why you'll love it: CB2 is like Crate & Barrel's little sister; it’s got items for every room in your home, and it all has a stylish modern vibe. Update your registry on the go through the app and updates go "live" within 15 minutes. Plus, you can share your registry with friends and family easily through its email notification feature.
Potential downsides: CB2 only has brick-and-mortar stores in 17 locations in the US and Canada, so if your friends are far from one, and they’re the type who like to shop in store instead of online, this could be tricky.
Bonus perks: CB2 will help your guests by including gift wrapping and a personalized gift message for free. They can buy online and pickup in store too, making last-minute shopping less of an expedition.
Where to start: Start your registry using the CB2 registry app or the website, then you can add items in stores by using the app to scan a barcode or online by selecting items on the website.
19. Crate & Barrel
Why you'll love it: Besides its gorgeous modern-classic furniture and home goods, Crate & Barrel offers engaged couples private registry events for one-on-one attention and advice. It also offers a 10 percent completion discount in stores and online for six months after your wedding.
Potential downsides: If it's even possible, you may end up registering for too many gifts.
Bonus perks: Guests receive free shipping on registry items more than $99, and the registry stays open for 18 months after your event date. Just in case you're moving around during the time of your wedding, you can even add two addresses when you create your registry.
Where to start: Register in stores, online or with the Crate & Barrel Wedding Registry app.
20. Design Within Reach
Why you’ll love it: Design Within Reach is a go-to source for authentic modern design for the home. We’re talking real Eames chairs and the like. And while you might think of DWR as a furniture store, there’s also dinnerware, bedding, bath items and much more you can add to your wishlist.
Potential downsides: Design Within Reach doesn’t have as many product options as, say, a big department store does, but if you really dig its ultra-modern style, you may appreciate that it’s curated. Also, gift options may be pricey for some of your guests, so you probably want to register elsewhere for affordable items too.
Bonus perks: Easily manage your registry on the Design Within Reach website. You can also add gift cards to use toward future purchases, which might be ideal for those really big ticket items.
Where to start: Create and manage your DWR registry online.
21. Ethan Allen
Why you’ll love it: If you’re moving into your forever home, this is the place to outfit it with high quality furniture and accessories. Ethan Allen offers a VIP design service to help you choose gorgeous items that’ll coordinate perfectly with the rest of your decor.
Potential downsides: Ethan Allen’s products are mostly big-ticket and may not be affordable for some guests.
Bonus perks: You can register for custom items at Ethan Allen—and how many registries can say that? The store offers announcement cards to help you spread the word. And it offers a 15 percent completion discount for in-store purchases.
Where to start: Create your Ethan Allen registry online. Be sure to verify your email address.
Why you’ll love it: Frontgate carries items for every room of the home—and even covers outdoor living and pets. The brand is known for its personalization, so if you’re looking for items with your names or monograms on them, you’ll be going to the right place.
Potential downsides: Frontgate only has five brick-and-mortar stores in four states so… well, you know. It’s known as a luxury brand, so there might not be much to add to your registry that’ll appeal to guests who are on a tight budget.
Bonus perks: You can book in-store appointments to get expert help on creating your registry.
Where to start: Create and manage your registry online or in-store.
Why you'll love it: Whenever a guest buys a gift off your registry, you’ll get an email that allows you to digitally "unwrap" the gift and see the value. The value is added to your registry account as store credit. Then, whenever you're ready, you can make final decisions and purchases with that flexible account. You can even choose items that weren't on your original registry. The money in your registry account never expires, so if you change your mind about your china pattern three years down the road, you could use any leftover credit to buy a new set.
Potential downsides: Gearys only has store locations in California, so guests need to shop in person if they want to have the tangible gift to bring to your shower or wedding. All online orders are delivered as “gift letters” (the email). The store specializes in luxury items, so you might not find the practicality or affordability you’re looking for.
Bonus perks: You'll receive a personal registry consultant to help you select the perfect items.
Where to start: Register online or in stores.
Why you'll love it: Gump's, a San Francisco department store, allows you to build your registry in stores or online. It offers two registry selections: the more traditional version in which you select your gifts and they're shipped as they're purchased, and a "gift notification" program where you are notified as guests purchase your gifts and you pick a date for Gump's to ship them all to you at one time.
Potential downsides: There's only one physical Gump's store and it's in California.
Bonus perks: If you choose the gift notification option, you get an email every time a guest purchases a gift off your registry, which means keeping track of who gave you what for your thank-you notes is a total breeze.
Where to start: Register in store or online. There's only one brick-and-mortar store and it's in San Francisco, but it ships all over the country.
25. Heath Ceramics
Why you’ll love it: If you’re really into design and have been pining for the stunning dinnerware, tabletop accessories and home decor at Heath Ceramics, this is your chance to scoop some up. You’ll have two registry options: In a conventional registry, guests shop in-store or online and then have gifts shipped to you. In virtual registry, guests shop online only, and their purchases are given to you in the form of credit you can use toward any registry items you choose.
Potential downsides: Because many of the items at Heath are made in small batches, things can go out of stock at times. Seasonal items, furniture and tiles aren’t able to be added to a registry. Gift cards can’t be put on a registry either but guests can still choose to purchase them for you. You’re not going to find a toaster oven or vacuum at this store, so you might want to create another registry elsewhere too.
Bonus perks: Heath Ceramics offers a one-time completion discount of 15 percent.
Where to start: Create and manage your Heath Ceramics registry online.
26. Hudson Grace
Why you’ll love it: You’ll be proud to entertain using pretty and timeless Hudson Grace products. Guests can shop in-store or online, and it’s easy to maintain your wishlist through the Hudson Grace website.
Potential downsides: Some items are limited edition or one-of-a-kind and could sell out. There are only six Hudson Grace stores in two states (California and Georgia).
Bonus perks: Guests ordering online will have the ability to type a personal message to be included with your gift.
Where to start: You can start your Hudson Grace registry online. For a walk-through of the store with a registry specialist, call ahead to make an appointment.
Why you’ll love it: You can add affordable products, and even furniture, for every room in your home to your IKEA wishlist. Guests can shop either online or in-store.
Potential downsides: IKEA’s products are some of our faves but they’re not really heirloom quality. Plus, not everyone has an IKEA store near them.
Bonus perks: You’ll be able to register for IKEA gift cards and manage your registry online, in-store and on the IKEA Gift Registry app.
Where to start: You’ll have to join IKEA Family (its loyalty program) and then you can register online or at an in-store kiosk.
28. Jonathan Adler
Why you'll love it: Jonathan Adler hosts its registry feature on MyRegistry.com, which is a universal registry site that combines all your registry items from different sites into one list. You can manage it on the MyRegistry app too (and take advantage of the scanning feature).
Potential downsides: Jonathan Adler is more suited to the modern, boundary-pushing couple. If you love trendy and fashion-forward décor, then this designer is for you.
Bonus perks: Since Jonathan Adler and MyRegistry.com are separate organizations, it might get a little confusing for guests who aren’t used to universal registries.
Where to start: Register in stores or online, then manage your registry through MyRegistry.com.
29. Jung Lee NY
Why you'll love it: At Jung Lee NY, you can meet with a design professional so they can learn about your lifestyle and design taste, then recommend a list of products customized to you and your future spouse. It's basically making your registry with an interior designer sitting right next to you. Don’t have time for an in-person meet? You can create your registry online instead.
Potential downsides: Items at Jung Lee NY might not fit some guests’ budgets. Plus, there’s only one brick-and-mortar store location, and it’s in NYC.
Bonus perks: Chatting with your design professional about your ideal design aesthetic, interests and style, may help inspire the wedding décor too. You can decide whether you want items shipped to you or wait until after the wedding.
Where to start: Start your registry online or by having an in-person or phone meeting.
30. Kate Spade
Why you’ll love it: Kate Spade may be known for its handbags, but it also carries pretty dishes, glasses, bedding, bath accessories and other home accents. It’s easy to create a registry list at KateSpade.com.
Potential downsides: Kate Spade items are whimsical, stylish and fun but you might not want them in every corner of your home. You’ll probably want to register elsewhere so you get a good mix.
Bonus perks: You can designate different shipping addresses for pre and postwedding if you want. You can also register for Kate Spade gift cards.
Where to start: Register and maintain your registry online.
31. Pier 1 Imports
Potential downsides: Since the registry is through MyRegistry and not the store itself, you might not receive the same kind of personal registry-specific attention some other retailers offer.
Bonus perks: Pier 1 offers a 15 percent completion discount and free shipping on gifts over $49.
Where to start: Register online or through the MyRegistry app.
32. Pottery Barn
Why you'll love it: Three words: free design services. When you create a registry account, you're given access to Pottery Barn's team of design specialists who can help you curate the exact aesthetic you're looking for. Guests also have the option of sending you gift cards that work at Pottery Barn and its sister stores, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm.
Potential downsides: Pottery Barn doesn't have a registry app, so managing your registry on the go isn't quite as easy as it is in some other stores. (It does, however, have a cool app that lets you visualize a decorated room in 3D.)
Bonus perks: You get a postwedding discount of 10 percent off your registry for up to six months after your wedding. You may receive bonus gifts when guests purchase specific items off your registry. Pottery Barn also offers a thank-you tracker service so you can remember who gave you what and send your thank-you notes promptly.
Where to start: Register and manage registry in stores or online.
33. Restoration Hardware
Why you'll love it: Your registry stays open for two years after you make it, and you can enter two different shipping addresses for pre and postwedding. Going on an extended honeymoon? No worries—you can ship your gifts to someone else!
Potential downsides: Restoration Hardware carries bigger items like furniture, but isn't as helpful with smaller items like kitchen tools or linens.
Bonus perks: Restoration Hardware offers a 10 percent completion discount to use within six months after the wedding date. Depending on the severity of your online shopping addiction, this could be totally worth it.
Where to start: Register online or in stores.
34. Scully & Scully
Why you'll love it: At Scully & Scully, the registry program is a "hold all gifts" format. So, instead of receiving gifts as guests purchase them, you actually accumulate credit from those purchases that you can use however you want within the store. So if a guest buys you a $200 bedspread from your list, you can use that $200 on the comforter or something else. This makes selecting the products for your registry seem a lot less final.
Potential downsides: There's only one Scully & Scully store in the country and it's in NYC.
Bonus perks: If dinner parties are important to you, Scully & Scully has a huge selection of tabletop products. You can have a one-on-one consultation to see different styles and patterns of china and get personalized help in choosing.
Where to start: Start your registry in store or online.
35. Tiffany & Co.
Why you’ll love it: If a wedding isn’t an opportune time to ask for some of Tiffany & Co.’s elegant china and home items, we don’t know what is! It’s easy to update and edit your list online, and you can get personal help from an in-store consultant..
Potential downsides: You’ll probably want to create an additional registry for practical and lower-cost gifts.
Bonus perks: Guests can send a personal message with their gift, even when buying online and having it shipped directly to you. If you’d like extra privacy, you can password-protect your registry.
Where to start: Register online or make an appointment for a registry consultation at the flagship store in New York City.
Why you’ll love it: If you really need to stock your home, Wayfair is your one-stop online shop. When creating your list, you can mark certain items as “Most-Wanted.” You can also enable group gifting for larger-ticket items, meaning guests can contribute a specific dollar amount toward the product rather than paying for the entire thing. You’ll receive a 10 percent discount coupon code to use as many times as you want (but not to exceed a total value of $20,000) in the six months after the wedding.
Potential downsides: There’s no in-person shopping, but the detailed descriptions and reviews on the site can really help you make educated decisions.
Bonus perks: Registry specialists are available to help you create and manage your list. Shipping and returns (within 90 days for store credit) are free. You can also download a list of who bought you what, and that will be a huge help when you’re writing thank-you notes.
Where to start: Sign up for a Wayfair account. Then, create and manage your registry online or on the Wayfair app.
37. West Elm
Why you’ll love it: Mid-century modern furniture, tableware and decor items for every room in the home? Yes, please. Book an appointment with an in-store design consultant to help you choose the perfect products to merge your and your fiance’s styles and outfit your pad. West Elm offers a 15 percent completion discount to use after the wedding.
Potential downsides: If you want classic or traditional pieces, you probably won’t find them here.
Bonus perks: West Elm offers a group gifting option that allows guests to chip in smaller amounts toward pricier gifts. It also provides “Partner Perks” which are discounts to use with partner brands Minted, Pure Barre, Mark & Graham and more. You can also register for gift cards that are good at West Elm, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn.
Where to start: Create and manage your registry online or at a West Elm store.
38. Z Gallerie
Why you'll love it: Z Gallerie is a member of the MyRegistry.com family, which means that when you make a registry through this trendy home goods store, it’ll be synced with your other MyRegistry lists.
Potential downsides: MyRegistry is an online service that doesn't offer in-person help, so it can feel less personal than some other options.
Bonus perks: MyRegistry allows you to register for cash gifts as well as more traditional gifts, which is nice for people with registry indecision.
Where to start: Register online and use the Z Gallerie website or the MyRegistry app to manage the list.
Dining and Kitchen-Focused Registries
Why you’ll love it: If your a couple who’s into cooking, entertaining and downright beautiful objects, you’ll be obsessed with Food52’s curated selection of goods by artisans and small merchants. Every little thing on the website feels like a boutique find.
Potential downsides: There’s no permanent storefront—only the occasional pop-up shop—so you won’t be able to see items in person before your register, and guests will have to shop online only.
Bonus perks: Food52 offers a 10 percent completion discount for six months after the wedding. The site has tons of curated lists to help you choose registry items room-by-room, or based on style or theme.
Where to start: Register and track your gifts online.
40. Michael C. Fina
Why you'll love it: Michael C. Fina is partnered with the universal registry website Zola to offer gift registries. Through this external registry service, you have access to Michael C. Fina's entire product assortment, including more than 2,000 different styles from their luxury tableware catalog.
Potential downsides: Michael C. Fina's inventory is higher end, so there isn't much variety with price points. The brick-and-mortar store is closing, so now all the shopping will need to be done online.
Bonus perks: Zola offers a 20 percent completion discount for six months postwedding. Any couple can get a discount on a Michael C. Fina engagement ring if they register with the brand.
Where to start: Register online via Michael C. Fina or through Zola, its registry partner.
41. Sur La Table
Why you'll love it: For the couple who loves to spend their evenings creating feasts in the kitchen, Sur La Table not only lets you manage your registry online, it also assigns you a registry concierge who helps you through the entire process. There's a comprehensive online guide to all the Sur La Table brands and products to help you select everything you need. It also offers a 10 percent completion discount.
Potential downsides: Sur La Table is a kitchen specialty store, so you'll definitely need a separate wish list elsewhere to complete the other rooms in your home.
Bonus perks: You can get certain extra gifts just for registering, or when certain items on your registry have been purchased. Pretty sweet, right?
Where to start: Register online. You can add or change items and track purchases from the Sur La Table site.
Why you’ll love it: Williams-Sonoma is owned by the same company that owns West Elm and Pottery Barn, meaning gift cards you receive from your registry can be used at any of these three stores. Williams-Sonoma also offers product help after your wedding, so if you can’t figure out how to use that high-tech juicer you registered for, its staff can step in.
Potential downsides: Although Williams-Sonoma does have home goods for every room of the house, its specialty is kitchen equipment, so even though you’ll be able to deck out your kitchen, you may want more than one registry to cover all the bases.
Bonus perks: You can make a one-on-one appointment with a registry specialist or attend a private shopping event with experts who can help you craft the perfect registry, and you get a 10 percent discount on everything left on your registry up to six months past the event.
Where to start: Register online, in stores or through the Williams-Sonoma app.
General Merchandise Store Registries
Why you'll love it: You have up to one year after your wedding to return any gift from your Target registry. There's also a 15 percent completion code for whatever's left on your registry that your guests didn't purchase for you. Target allows for group gifting, so your friends and family can chip in toward the purchase of bigger gifts.
Potential downsides: You may not be able to register for that cashmere blanket you've always wanted, but you'll be able to get practically everything else.
Bonus perks: Target has a universal registry tool. Basically, if you see something you love that Target doesn't carry, like something handmade from Etsy, you can still add it to your Target registry. The store has also partnered with Honeyfund, so you can add honeymoon experiences and cash to your Target registry.
Where to start: Create and manage your registry online, in one of its 1,800 stores nationwide or on the Target Registry mobile app.
Why you’ll love it: We bet there’s not one wedding guest who doesn’t have a Walmart near their home. The convenience is great for you too, since you can manage your registry online and via the Walmart app. Scan items with your phone to add them to your list.
Potential downsides: Forget the high-end products. A Walmart registry is sure to include lower-priced items. But the selection is certainly wide, so you might be surprised to find many of your favorite brands in the store or online.
Bonus perks: Printable cards allow you to easily spread the word about your registry. Your registry will stay active for two years after the wedding date.
Where to start: Register online or download the Walmart app and scan items in-store.
Why you’ll love it: Using Crowdrise, you can ask guests to give money to your favorite charity. The funds are delivered directly to the organization, so you don’t have to do any follow-up legwork.
Potential downsides: Crowdrise does charge a percentage of the total raised amount as a platform fee, as well as processing fees for each payment.
Bonus perks: Your Crowdrise registry can be part of your registry at The Knot, so you can ask for some items for yourselves while you’re also raising money for a good cause. There’s no strict end date for your fundraiser, so you can keep your campaign going as long as you like.
Where to start: Start a fundraiser online or using the Crowdrise app.
Why you'll love it: JustGiving (formerly called JustGive) lets your guests donate to a charity instead of (or in addition to) buying you gifts. JustGiving sends the donations directly to the charities for you, so you don't have to worry about the logistics.
Potential downsides: You may need another registry. As much as we love the idea of being charitable, you might also want to treat yourselves with a couple kitchen appliances. And JustGiving does charge a fee that helps keep the organization running.
Bonus perks: You can log into your JustGiving account to see which guests have donated, and if they share their email address, you can easily copy and paste to email them a thank you note.
Where to start: Create an account and a wedding-specific fundraiser online.
Cash and Honeymoon Registries
47. The Newlywed Fund
Why you’ll love it: You can register for cash through The Newlywed Fund and use it toward everything from date nights to home renovations to the honeymoon. Contributions, made by guests online, get transferred directly into your bank account.
Potential downsides: There’s a small (2.5 percent) transaction fee for this service (blame the credit card companies) but it gets paid on your guests’ end and not by you.
Bonus perks: You can track your cash gifts through The Newlywed Fund site and even receive a notification email each time a guest contributes.
Where to start: Create a newlywed fund online or on The Knot app.
Why you’ll love it: Want to go on a killer honeymoon? Register for it! Honeyfund allows you to create a wishlist for your newlywed trip—airfare, hotel stay, car rentals, activities and more—and guests can purchase them for you. You’ll receive digital gift cards to use throughout your vacation.
Potential downsides: There’s no fee for the service if you get only gift cards, but if you’d prefer cash, you’ll be charged a small fee for online transactions. Last-minute or late gift-givers might miss the opportunity to buy you that horseback riding excursion or romantic dinner before you’ve left for your trip.
Bonus perks: Honeymoon items aren’t the only things you can register for at Honeyfund. You can turn it into a universal registry that includes other sites and stores where you’ve registered. You can also register for cash.
Where to start: Create your Honeyfund online.
Why you’ll love it: Like some other alternative registries, SoKind allows you to register for cash and charitable contributions. You can also register for non-monetary things: Help landscaping your new yard, homemade meals, or quilt squares to stitch together to create a huge “quilt guest book,” for example. If you and/or your guests are talented, handy or crafty, the list can go on and on.
Potential downsides: Monetary transactions don’t go directly though SoKind, so guests may have to do an extra step to get you your cash. They may have to write and mail you a check or send the money through PayPal (in which case, you could be charged a fee).
Bonus perks: Guests pay what they can, so even if someone can’t afford to pay for your entire honeymoon flight, they can still contribute.
Where to start: Create a registry online.
50. Traveler's Joy
Why you'll love it: Traveler's Joy is a registry service that lets you collect money toward your honeymoon as opposed to traditional gifts. You create an account based on your honeymoon and the activities you want to do, and Traveler's Joy lets your guests contribute monetary gifts to use toward your honeymoon wishlist. The "gifts" you ask for can be experience based or practical. So, let's say you're going on a cruise for your honeymoon: You can add extra excursions like scuba diving to the registry or more tangible products like sunglasses and sunscreen.
Potential downsides: There are some service charges involved, including a deduction for credit card processing and the cost to host and service your registry.
Bonus perks: Unlike other honeymoon registry sites, Traveler's Joy lets you book your honeymoon through whomever you'd like. You don't have to use a specific travel agent or company; instead, you get the cash to use toward your purchases. Traveler's Joy also lets you split up the cost of an item, so if your couple's massage is going to be $200, you can turn that into four gifts of $50, for example.
Where to start: Make an account on the Traveler's Joy website for free.
51. Best Buy
Why you'll love it: At Best Buy, couples are able to register for the appliances and tech items highest on their wish list. Technology and gadgets that make life easier in the newlywed nest is something couples can definitely agree on. All the products on your registry will be eligible for free shipping, with no minimum purchase requirement.
Potential downsides: We're pretty sure Best Buy won't start selling fine china anytime soon, so you'll probably need to register elsewhere too.
Bonus perk: For more expensive items on your registry, like the new flat screen TV you've been coveting, there's a group gifting option. If the item is over $200, gift givers can buy an electronic gift card for you to use toward your purchase. All they have to do is find the item on your registry, select "contribute," and choose the dollar amount. Best Buy also offers a store pickup program.
Where to start: The registry process starts with signing up online or in stores. The Best Buy mobile app and kiosks help both couples and gift givers.
52. The Container Store
Why you'll love it: The Container Store (aka the organizing mecca) lets you manage your registry online, making adding or deleting products easy. The Container Store also offers a registry checklist of some of its most popular wedding gifts to guide you in your shopping.
Potential downsides: Registering at The Container Store would probably mean you'd have to have more than one registry, considering it has mostly organizational products and doesn’t carry things like sheets, bath towels or dinnerware.
Bonus perks: After the wedding, you can save 10 percent on any items still left on your registry. Your guests get free shipping and gift wrapping on purchases of $75 or more, and they can also buy gifts in groups, so if you register for something that's more expensive, different guests can contribute as much as they want to the purchase of that individual product.
Where to start: Register online or in stores.
Why you’ll love it: If you’re Costco-obsessed, you’re going to love the ability add all the cookware, appliance, bedding, decor and other items you love from Costco.com through its partnership with MyRegistry.com. Once you set up your account, you can start shopping; just click “add to registry” on each item’s product page. Hey, you might save your gift-givers a little cash if you discover some good deals.
Potential downsides: It’s an online-only registry, so there isn’t that in-store experience. And you probably aren’t going to find high-end designer home goods.
Bonus Perks: You can register for Costco gift cards to use for future purchases. And since you’ll be registering though MyRegistry.com, you can add other stores to your wishlist too.
Where to start: Create your Costco registry online or on the MyRegistry.com app
Why you’ll love it: Because you can register for pizza, that’s why! Pizza for the night you spend writing thank-you notes? Sandwiches for the day you move into your new home? A full spread of eats for the bachelorette party? All those and more can be purchased for you by your wedding guests. They choose the occasion and send the corresponding e-gift card your way.
Potential downsides: You’ll get your pizza gifts as e-gift cards, so there’s a chance you could forget to use them. (Don’t!)
Bonus perks: Guests have the option to print out the e-gift cards and slip them into a card to give to you at your shower or wedding. You can really use them for anything at Domino’s—it doesn’t have to be what the gift-giver has specified.
Where to start: Register for Domino’s online.
55. The Little Market
Why you’ll love it: You can feel like you’re doing a good deed and get cool products for your home. The Little Market is an online fair trade shop, where you can register for artisan-made items from serveware to linens. The goods sold by this charitable organization are made by women around the world.
Potential downsides: You might not find the wide variety of goods you might find at larger stores, and all the shopping needs to be done online.
Bonus perks: The first The Little Market store is set to open in Pacific Palisades, California, in fall 2018, so there may be in-person registering and shopping in the near future.
Where to start: Create and manage your gift registry online.
Why you’ll love it: Your registry doesn’t have to be about what you do indoors—, it can include camping gear, bike helmets, backpacks for an upcoming expedition and more. Guests can purchase both in-store or online.
Potential downsides: Some REI items are available in-store only and not online.
Bonus perks: Customer service reps are available in REI stores to help you choose items for your list in person. Your REI registry will be accessible for a year after your wedding date, so guests can keep giving if they like.
Where to start: Register online or in an REI store.
Why you’ll love it: Here’s a way for art lovers to fill the walls of their newlywed home with beautiful paintings or photography of their choice. When guests purchase off your UGallery registry, the art is shipped for free directly to your home.
Potential downsides: You’ll want to pair this registry with a list or two of other home items, so you get more than just artwork.
Bonus perks: Group gifting is available, so guests can contribute a dollar amount toward your artwork. You’ll get 15 percent off all purchases up to six months after the wedding.
Where to start: Create and manage a registry online. For personalized help, call a UGallery registry expert or live chat on the website.
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