One of the most exciting and aggravating things about planning your wedding is putting together a great registry that suits your wants and needs with the needs of your guests, who are often scattered around different parts of the globe.
I've read it's considered poor etiquette to include details of your chosen gift registries with your invitations, but as a sensible, smart woman I refuse to listen to that advice. Shopping for a wedding gift shouldn't be hard for guests - it should be a gesture of love for the couple.
So go ahead and make it easier for your guests by speaking up and letting them know what you need and where they can get it. That way, you can present them with options in different price ranges and locations. Most guests will get you a gift, so helping them get the right gift - even if that means sending out an extra note - is worth it. Also, my advice is to embrace the fact that you are getting hitched in the age of the internet and register for everything online. For my guide to setting up your online registry,
Even grandma and grandma would prefer to go online and have a gift sent directly to you over going to the store, sifting through their in-store registry and having to lug a heavy gift around. If you make the move and register online your guests will have the option of getting the registry at the store as well, but they won't be limited to in-store shopping. This means better gifts for you, less time and energy spent for all.
Sign Up For Traditional Registries Online In One Place
The most traditional registry spots are Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Crate and Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Neiman Marcus, Restoration Hardware Fortunoff, Gump's, REI, Target, JCPenney, Barneys New York and Dean & DeLuca. You can actually create a registry at all these stores via the Wedding Channel.com website.
Register Based On Your Lifestyle
Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry has created an “instant” registry bank for different types of couples and it's surprisingly perceptive and vast. You can just click on personality types like "Jet-Setters," "True Romantics," "Happy Hipsters" etc and get a look at kitchenware and gadgetry that will likely fit your interests. You can check it out at TheKnot.com.
Looking For a More Unique Registry?
You can go online to GreatHoneymoon.com and to sign up for a program where your guests contribute towards part of your honeymoon. There are other options out there, just search "Honeymoon registry" on Google.
Don't Forget Practical Gifts
Stores like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond are becoming increasingly popular registry spots for modern couples that often have most of the furniture and kitchenware they need by the time they get married, but could use a few sprucing up the house items. The stores are great for smaller gifts like DVDs, towels, electronics and even camping gear for outdoorsy couples.
For All You Geeky Couples Out There
Don't even think I forgot about you, you big geek. Amazon.com seems to one of the best spots for gifts of all kinds. You can register for the regular housewares and high-end electronics in the same place. You can also ask for gift cards from stores like Apple and Best Buy.
The Best Gift You Can Give
If you really don't need gifts consider passing your guests' generosity to someone in need. JustGive.org is a great nonprofit organization that offers an online Charity Wedding Registry. Couples can choose from any of the 850,000 charities in the U.S., add personal information about themselves and their wedding, send an email to friends and family notifying them of their registry, and access password-protected reports that detail who has donated to what charity on their registry so they can send out timely "Thank You" cards.
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