It can be exciting to think about creating your wedding registry: stand mixers, bath towels and vacuums. But not every bride and groom prefers the traditional department and specialty store registry, where the happy couple scans a wish list of gift possibilities. Emerging online tools and experience-based giving change the picture, especially since many couples already live together and have many of those household items found on traditional registries. “They really don’t need an extra set of pots and pans or electronics for the kitchen,” says Somer Khouri-Bedran, co-founder and event director at A Charming Fete. So what’s the right type of registry for you? Here are a few options and tips to help you decide what best suits your taste.
Projects and Experiences
You want to register for luggage, a coffee bar and perhaps some crystal — but you’re also interested in funding some home-improvement projects. Zola.com gives you flexibility, Khouri-Bedran says. You can have the traditional online-style registry or allocate funds for projects and experiences. “Say you have a kitchen project you’re doing in your home,” Khouri-Bedran says. “You can set a gift amount for the project — and you can even upload photos of your home.” The funding options fit almost any couple’s needs, whether it’s saving for a honeymoon or a home down payment.
Amazon.com is a top pick among couples because of its ease of use and the range of available products. It’s universal, and easy for guests to select, click, purchase and send. This is a great choice for couples registering for technology, Khouri-Bedran says. “We see people registering on Amazon for techy stuff you might not see in your typical household store, like the new smart systems for homes.” Keep in mind, there are plenty of stores that offer online registry components so you can have the best of both worlds.
Give guests an option to either shop in person to choose a gift or select items online. Popular store registries include Dillard’s, Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. Khouri-Bedran advises couples to register for many items in a range of price categories. Don’t just select a handful of items in hopes that everyone else will give gift cards. “People who are gift-driven and want to take something to the wedding with them will go out and choose something not on your registry if it’s full,” she points out.