The best part about getting married, as everyone knows, is the wedding gifts. Just kidding. It’s the cake.* But the gifts aren’t bad either.
Whether you’re registering for kitchenware, cash, or experiences, choosing to go all-in at one big store, or picking items from many small stores, you have tons of options when it comes to wedding registries. To help you sort through, we’ve highlighted 10 of the best wedding registry options out there (in no particular order).
The Swiss Army Knife of registries.
Do you like options and convenience? Then a universal registry might be for you, and BluePrint is a great one. With this all-in-one registry you can add gifts from any retailer, import your other wedding registries, and include cash or honeymoon funds. You can also make items group gifts so guests can chip in to buy you those really special (i.e. $$$) items. On top of that, you can personalize your registry with a profile picture, cover photo, and a note to your guests.
“Earth’s Biggest Selection.”
If I were stuck on a desert island I would bring my Amazon Prime membership and an internet connection. Amazon has everything. Your Amazon wedding registry items come with an extended 180-day return policy, and you can receive a 20% discount on one Amazon purchase if your guests spend over $500 on your registry.
No offense, but we really just want the cash.
Overwhelmed by the prospect of deciding everything you want for your new home before you even move into it? Looking for a nice way to tell your relatives that you really already have all of the kitchen appliances you need? Enter Tendr: a graceful way to ask for cash. With Tendr, you get to create a homepage with your cash registry complete with a profile picture, cover photo, and message to your guests. Tendr is completely free for you, but your gift-givers will pay a $3 convenience fee when they give you cash.
This is not their first rodeo.
With everything for your home all in one store, Bed, Bath, and Beyond is staple of wedding registry options, and their experience shows. The triple B offers in-store consultations, an online interactive checklist to keep you organized, and will even send you a complimentary wedding registry “howbook” to add to the registry lit section of your personal library. And, as long as you put in the work to send in the receipts, you can redeem free gifts based on what your guests buy you.
Stylish and professional with perks.
Register Williams-Sonoma, fill your home with class and style, and receive 10% off any purchase for 6-months after your wedding. Their registry comes with access to exclusive items, a gift-tracker, thank-you note manager, and an opportunity to receive bonus gifts based on your guests’ purchases. You can also meet up with a store consultant for one-on-one advice.
Everything for your dream home.
Register with lovely, homey Crate & Barrel and you can attend a Private Registry Event before the store opens where you get advice from experts, tour the store, demo products, and use their cool app to scan products onto your registry. You can also get 10% off all your purchases for 6 months, with some exceptions, and track your thank-yous through their site. As if all of that weren’t enough, Crate & Barrel gifts you a set of fine stemless wine glasses, just for registering.
When you love Target but you also want a universal registry.
Target’s registry includes both store-specific perks such as their own app and 15% off most items left on your registry, plus most of the features of a universal registry, like the ability to import other registries, track thank-yous, and group gifting. And, since they’re partnered with Honeyfund, your guests can contribute to couple experiences, like snorkeling or an extra round of Mai Tais on the honeymoon.
The registry for the internet age.
Similar to BluePrint, MyRegistry is another great universal registry option. With MyRegistry, add any gift from any store, sync your big-store registries, and add cash-fund options. You can either scan barcodes with their app or add items from online stores using their browser plug-in.
Fair trade artisan home goods.
The Little Market is a non-profit created by women to empower women artisans around the world. Their online registry is simple, but includes a shareable link for your friends and family, and searching through their gift options is sure to give you and your guests the warm fuzzies. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
For the couple that would rather be outside.
It would be a insult to our Seattle roots if we didn’t mention the outdoor-lover’s mothership. From tricked out family-sized tents to new ski boots for your honeymoon to Whistler, REI has everything you need to build an active life with your partner. And while their online wedding registry is relatively simple, REI is well known for their great customer support and return policies.
Once You’ve Registered: Sharing Your Wedding Registry
Once you’ve finished the hard work of choosing and designing your registry, you’ll want to share it with your guests. Your wedding website is a great place to do just that. Many wedding websites providers like Joy make it easy to display and link to registry services, whether you’ve registered at a traditional registry, a cash registry, a charity, or all of the above.
*It’s probably something beautiful and intangible like the celebration of romantic love and sharing the best day of your life with family and friends.