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GeekSugar's Online Wedding Registry Guide

GeekSugar's Online Wedding Registry Guide

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 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

Looking For a More Unique Registry?
You can go online to 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. 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. 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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cantiere cantiere 9 years
@ Season, my fiance and I had the same issue. We are now using a site called Wishpot. The thing we are doing is to (1) add an item (say Food Processor) and have guest decide where to buy it from (they have a built in price comparison engine) (2) pick stuff that are really interesting from different online stores (you can add the things you like form anywhere).
Season Season 10 years
I'm still frustrated that I don't see a place where you can create a registry with generalized categories (like "cake stand") and have someone pick one out for you but still have a way for them to check it off once they have bought it so you don't get repeats. That way, if they find a lovely cake stand at Ross, an antique store, or even have a nice one in the family, they can contribue that without being asked to pick out a brand new and expensive gift. I guess I'm just the kind of person who enjoys vintage things and thinks it's rediculous to pay $60 for something at Williams Sonoma that you can find for $25 elsewhere. Also, giving them an option as to which one they want to buy you could turn out even better than your own choices if they know you really well and would be way more gratifying for them. I guess I'll just have to program it myself but I didn't want to have to do that much work. I'm really surprised that no one has made a website yet where you can design it to include very specific store requests, general requests, and a donation area. That's what I want by golly.
julieulie julieulie 10 years
I definitely agree with nikkiana... I don't like the idea of including registry information in an invitation. I don't even like it when it is included in a bridal shower invitation (which is apparently considered acceptable). Our registries are listed on our wedding website, plus anyone who does a search on or will locate where we are registered. I also have to comment that it is not always a good idea to only register online, as things online are often not what they seem. I would definitely advocate going into the stores themselves to get a general idea, at least when it comes to things like china patterns (hard to see online), serving dishes (hard to determine size online), or cookware (it's important to make sure that handles are comfortable and the pots are not too heavy to pull out of the oven).
nikkiana nikkiana 10 years
I can't say I agree with you here. Seeing a list of where someone registered in an invitation would be a huge turn off to me. It sends the message to me, as a guest, that the only reason I'm being invited is so the couple can get gifts. I advocate a more indirect approach. Most couples I've known have a wedding website of some sort... Whether it be something they custom built themselves or through a service like or I think putting links to registries on a informational website about the wedding is fine, and putting the url of the wedding website in the invitation is fine. But calling attention to your registry in your invitation? BIG FAT NO!
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