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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Registry For You

If you've got a wedding in the works, you've probably begun looking into a crucial element of the event — the registry. This retail service will help you determine what cookware, dinnerware, servingware, drinkware, tools, and appliances will be stocked in your kitchen. But with dozens of retail outlets, where should you sign up? Get tips for selecting the right registry for your kitchen when you


  • Establish priorities. If your place is small, are you looking for kitchen tools to do double duty? Is eco-friendliness a must? If you want to mix and match tableware, make sure that's an option.
  • Choose a national registry that takes orders online, by fax, over the phone, and in person. That way, both your cousin in Silicon Valley and your computer-challenged great aunt in Baltimore can shop happy.
  • Your registry should offer a wide range of price points, so your guests can select gifts within their means.
  • Look for a large assortment of styles as well, from traditional to contemporary and basic to ornate.
  • Make sure you have a clear understanding of the return and exchange policy, as well as the overall terms of service. For instance: Is there a service charge? How long will the registry be kept active?
  • Some questions to consider: How much attention is paid to customer service? Is there a representative who can help you resolve any logistical issues? Does the registry alert you when gifts have been purchased? Will updates be reflected on your registry within 11 minutes, or 11 hours? Is the registry flexible with shipping locations?
  • Don't overlook perks. Some registries offer a completion program, which allows couples to fill in incomplete kitchen sets at a discount. Other sites will donate to a charity of your choice every time a gift is purchased.

If you've got any helpful tips for finding the perfect registry, please feel free to chime in below!


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foolish660 foolish660 7 years
I'm very iffy about putting expensive china on a registry... I think I'd rather get nice Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table dishes, and inherit the Lenox/Waterford/etc or buy a full set in a yard sale...
RachLA RachLA 7 years
Bed Bath and Beyond gives big discounts to people shopping off registries. My friend's wine glasses were a full 50% off (so I ended up getting two sets). Good for the couple and guests alike!
Deidre Deidre 7 years
The biggest thing I've learned with my registry is not to regsiter for things that you have no actual plans to use. It's easy to convince yourself that you'll get a lot of use out of a roasting pan or potato ricer...but if you don't like to cook, you're just going to be super stressed about where to store all your stuff! Keep it simply to the things you and your fiance will actually use.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I will have to pass this along to my sister.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
the only thing i regretted about my wedding was not getting a registry done, because now that were finally living together and setting up our home, weve got to buy everything from scratch.
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