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What is a Registry?


Picture this: your wedding day is complete, and you CAN’T WAIT to open all of your guests’ generous gifts. You and your new spouse begin unwrapping only to find… 20 sets of unreturnable monogrammed towels. 


If you don’t want to end up in this situation, a wedding registry is your best bet! A registry is a list of gifts that an engaged couple curates prior to their wedding. This list ensures the happy couple gets everything they want while also taking the guesswork out for friends and family. Not only is this list a win-win for everyone, but it can also be one of the most fun parts of the wedding-planning process! 


Where Do You Register?


There are countless stores and websites that provide registry services free of charge, but the choices can easily become overwhelming. Below is a list of some of the most popular places with registration services. Remember: you can register at multiple stores if you can’t find everything you need at just one.



Zola streamlines the registry process by compiling items from over 500 brands all in one place. This online registry has group gifting which allows multiple people to chip-in on bigger ticket items, along with cash funds, personalized notes and a registry planner to help couples create the perfect list. 


Zola also sends couples notifications when a gift is purchased, and gives them the option to either exchange the gift or choose a method for delivery. More bonuses include free shipping, price matching and 20% off registry items purchased after your big day (also known as a completion discount)!

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Bed Bath & Beyond


Bed Bath & Beyond is a great place to register for couples looking for the basics. This store carries a variety of household staples like dinnerware, linens and kitchen appliances that are ideal for newlyweds cohabitating for the first time. You can conveniently register on Bed Bath & Beyond’s website or in-store if you’re more of a hands-on shopper. 


Registering at Bed Bath & Beyond also has its perks. The store offers a free year of same-day delivery, free shipping for purchases over $39, price matching and a 20% completion discount. You can also take advantage of Bed Bath & Beyond’s free return and exchange policy on any gift, and the complimentary in-store self-wrap station.

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Pottery Barn 


Do you want your home to look like it came straight out of a catalogue? From bedding to dinnerware, Pottery Barn is the main hub for stylish furniture and chic home decor. Pottery Barn also offers tons of monogramming and customization options that will make your new place feel like home. 


Like Bed Bath & Beyond, you can register for Pottery Barn both in-store and online. Pottery Barn’s pros include free one-on-one expert advice, a 10% completion discount, a digital gift tracker and complimentary gift wrapping services in stores. Gifts can be exchanged or credited within 90 days unless they’re customized.

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If you’re an avid online shopper, you probably already know Amazon for its reasonable prices, fast shipping and convenience. With the world’s largest selection of gifts, Amazon’s registry is sure to have any item you can dream up, whether it be electronics, cookware or fitness equipment. Amazon offers free shipping on regular orders over $25, or free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon also offers easy returns within 180 days, and a 20% completion discount.

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What to Put on Your Registry: 




A new trend is to buy the happy couple “experiences” for their honeymoon instead of traditional wedding gifts. Say you’re traveling to Hawaii and you’ve always dreamed of going snorkeling or having a sunset dinner. Your guests can pay for these activities through your registry! The memories you make through these experiences will last a lifetime, creating a great foundation for your newly married life. If you’re looking for registry inspiration, Bed Bath & Beyond has a list of over 700 experiences from all over the world. 

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Home Essentials


Since many couples move into a new house or apartment after tying the knot, home essentials are usually the most practical wedding gifts. Kitchenware such as plates, utensils, pots, pans and wine glasses are popular items to list on registries. If you’re in need of appliances like mixers, coffee machines, microwaves and toasters, don’t be afraid to add them to your list, too! Lastly, bedroom and bathroom necessities like mattresses, linens and towels are also great gifts. 

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Cash Funds


A cash fund is a dedicated area on your registry where guests can donate money for a specific cause, such as putting a down payment on a house, remodeling a home or buying a new car. Cash funds are perfect for couples who already live together and don’t need to register for home essentials. 


For couples that have a connection to a certain cause, having guests donate to a charity of your choice can be a great way to spread your love with others. 


Final Tips


  1. Make sure you start registering as soon as possible so it gives guests ample time to choose the perfect gift. Guests might also find registries useful when purchasing gifts for engagement parties and bridal showers. You can always add more gifts to your registry down the line! 
  2. Include registry information (such as a link) on your wedding website, social media or invitations to make sure everyone knows exactly where to look. 
  3. Make sure to include a range of prices on your registry so everyone can choose a gift that’s affordable for them. 
  4. Collaborate on the registry with your partner to ensure both of your wants and needs are being met. Don’t be afraid to have a couples meeting to discuss your priorities!


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