Let’s face it: when it comes to registering for your wedding, you’re probably a little tired of seeing the same stores over and over again. You know the ones we’re talking about—Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, etc. While they all offer some fantastic goods, it can get a little monotonous after a while. We all crave to be a little different and unique, which is why it’s OK not to stick with the tried-and-true and go out and explore other options for your big day. Below, we rounded up five of the most unexpected places to register for your wedding as well as what to choose.
Ikea, the affordable Scandinavian retailer, is another retailer that has teamed up with MyRegistry.com to create a wedding registry so that you’re able to easily scan through their extensive catalogue for your big day. From chic furniture items to unique storage concepts and stylish home decor, there’s a lot to choose from their large array of housewares. While choosing furniture for your wedding registry might seem like a lot to ask, if your friends and family are able to team up together to splurge on a dining set like this bohemian rattan white one, an item that you’ll actually use daily, then it’s totally worth it. Other smaller-sized ideas include a chic handmade rug or a fun shower curtain.
Yes, the biggest members-only wholesaler in the world is actually a perfect place to register for your wedding. In fact, the chain launched a registry program in a partnership with MyRegistry.com. So, what can you add to your list other than giant bottles of olive oil and huge packages of toilet paper? Well, a lot. Their top picks include everything from a six slice toaster oven with air fry to a 13-piece copper cookware set to throw pillows. Basically, you name it, Costco has it—and for a pretty affordable price.
Boasting the “world’s largest selection,” Amazon also has a wedding registry with everything your heart could possibly desire. They offer fast, free shipping along with easy returns and couples can enjoy a special completion discount up to 20% off for items that are still left on their wish list. Their most popular wedding registry items vary, and include an Instant Pot, a large salad bowl, and an Air Bnb $50 gift card (which would be perfect for the honeymoon!).
If you and your partner are an adventurous couple who thrives on hiking, camping, and rock climbing, then you’ll love the fact that REI also has an official gift registry. Not only do they provide free one-on-one fittings to get your shoes and gear fitted just right, but they also will provide a 10% discount on any unfulfilled items from your registry after the wedding. Besides equipment like this tent or this hydration pack, REI also provides various outdoor trips from around the globe, including an Australian Outback Hiking excursion, which might be the perfect honeymoon escape.
5. The Home Depot
When you think of Home Depot, you probably don’t think romance, but the truth is the hardware chain store is filled with functional items that every couple needs, especially when building a literal home together. The home improvement store has also teamed with MyRegistry.com for an official wedding registry, which is great news for DIY couples who need anything from a power drill for their latest renovation projects to a lawn mower. While they might not be sexy items to include, trust us—they’ll definitely be more useful than, say, a pair of candlesticks.
As you can see from the list above, you don’t have to stick with common department stores for your wedding registry. There are a number of other great chains and retailers that are able to provide you with the items to best suit your new life.