Here’s How to Share Your Wedding Registry the *Right* Way

The process couldn't be easier.
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Chapelle Johnson
chapelle johnson the knot associate editor
Chapelle Johnson
Associate Editor
  • Chapelle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide. She covers all things wedding-related and has a personal interest in covering celebrity engagements and fashion.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Chapelle was an editorial intern for Subvrt Magazine.
  • Chapelle has a degree in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans.
Updated Feb 26, 2024

Once you've added every dream product to your gift wishlist, you'll need to know how to share your wedding registry with your guests. After all, your registry is the best way to let them know you want that bright red stand mixer for your newlywed nest. Determining how to share your wedding registry is a vital part of the process because if guests don't know where to access it, they won't be able to use the list you worked so hard to create. Luckily, it's surprisingly easy to share your registry with guests. We break down the five simple ways to complete the process below. Plus, we cover the wrong ways some couples go about it.

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How to Share Your Wedding Registry

Sharing your wedding registry with your loved ones doesn't have to be hard. Here are five easy ways to you can get the job done without breaking a sweat.

Share your registry on your wedding website.

This might not come as a surprise, the ideal spot to put all your registry information is on your wedding website. Once guests have the link to your site, they'll gain access to every detail surrounding your special day. Your wedding website is the best place to share day-of details, local accommodations, dress code information, your love story and, of course, your registry.

FYI: Guests can easily go on your The Knot wedding website and find a registry, which allows couples to have one less thing to worry about before the big day. The Knot makes it as simple as possible to link your registry to your wedding website––that way your important gift information is in one place.

Add your registry information to your invitations.

Okay, before the wedding registry etiquette police come for us, let us clarify. We aren't saying you should add your registry information directly on your invitation under your names, but instead, include it on an insert in your invitation suite with wedding website information. Since your registry will be on your site, guests will have immediate access to your curated wishlist.

It's also important to note that you can put registry information on bridal shower invitations. Guests invited to a bridal shower will be ready to purchase a gift anyway, and having the deets on a less formal invitation is acceptable.

Use your save-the-dates to highlight your registry.

Here's how to share a wedding registry before sending your invitations. First things first––wedding etiquette deems it inappropriate to put your registry information on your save-the-dates. That's why we are suggesting a loophole. Save-the-dates are the perfect opportunity to let your guests know about your wedding website, which means it's a great way to showcase your registry. Add your site's link to the bottom of your stationery and check this task off your to-do list.

Let people know through word of mouth.

One final way to pass along your registry information is by directly telling your friends and family. Before guests can access your wedding website, they could ask where you're registered so they know where to shop. (They might also ask your parents, wedding party members or other guests.) Since loved ones will want to start buying wedding presents as soon as you get engaged, it's best to create your registry and wedding website ASAP. This will streamline the shopping process and ensure you get gifts you know you'll use.

Also, you don't have to finalize your wedding website or registry right away. It's encouraged that you edit both frequently throughout the planning process. Include updated wedding details as they come together, and add more registry items as ones get purchased so guests always have plenty of options.

Don't forget to streamline the sharing process.

You might have a registry with The Knot and other retailers, like Amazon or Crate & Barrel, and feel you must choose one spot to keep all your gifts. Fortunately, when you're using The Knot that's not the case. You no longer need to share information about how to access all your registries individually. The Knot is a universal registry, which means in addition to registering for products from The Knot Registry Store, you can also link to several retail registry partners so your gift list is in one central place. How cool is that? Having one place for guests to go helps ensure they won't be confused by dozens of links and directions.

How to Not Share Your Wedding Registry

Now that you know how to get started when sharing your registry, you also need to be aware of what to avoid during the process. Here are two big no-nos when spreading the news about your registry.

Don't include it on your wedding invitations.

You might wonder why you can't put your registry details on formal invites since that may seem like the easiest route, but unfortunately, that's not the way to go about it. Traditional wedding etiquette says gifts aren't mandatory even though they're highly encouraged. This means adding your registry information on your invites could be interpreted as you expecting a gift from your guests. Skip all the drama by adding your wedding website to your suite's insert.

Don't post your registry link to your social media.

Unless you've invited every one of your social media followers to your wedding, posting your registry details can ruffle some feathers in multiple ways. First, people who weren't invited to the wedding may feel like you're expecting them to get you gifts. Second, your post will easily get lost in the mix of baecation photos, engagement announcements and birthday slideshows on people's feeds. Third, it could come across as greedy. Instead, pick one of the options above (especially the wedding website one) to get your registry information out there.

Ultimately, your registry and wedding website are two of the most important resources for guests. To eliminate potential confusion or questions, link the two together. Doing so will make the shopping experience enjoyable for all—they'll know exactly what to purchase, and you'll receive gifts you really want for your newlywed life.

Sarah Hanlon contributed to the reporting on this piece.

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