There are so many wedding registries nowadays, all catering to different couples and their needs and interests. With so many options, it can be hard to sort them out, so here are a few of the best wedding registries and why they might be the perfect choice for you and your spouse-to-be!
Amazon is another awesome option for your wedding registry. It’s completely web-based, and offers a variety of items from a variety of retailers, including places off of Amazon itself. This means there are so many items to choose from that essentially anything your heart desires can be included on this registry. Another benefit is that many, if not all, of your guests will already be familiar with the layout and use of the site, which can help make navigating your registry easier. The site also keeps a list of who purchased which items for you, which can be very useful as you’re writing those thank you cards! Amazon offers free returns for 180 days after purchase and is a great option for couples who may want unique items not usually included in more traditional registries.
Bed Bath & Beyond
To begin, let’s start with one of the most classic registry options: Bed Bath & Beyond. One of the greatest aspects of using them for your wedding gift registry is that you can actually schedule an appointment to go into a store and meet with a consultant who will walk you through the entire registry process, including recommended items at a variety of price points and answers to any of your questions. They will really pull out all the stops to make you feel special and get you even more excited for your big day. This is also useful as it gives you the ability to see your registry items in-person and compare options, as well as receive cards that include registry information to give to your friends and family members. In addition to the in-store experience, you are able to conveniently access and add or subtract from your registry online at any time. They also offer an exceptional full year for item returns. So if you’re looking for a more traditional registry experience where you can actually go into a store and personally view, hold, and add items, then Bed Bath & Beyond might be the right choice for you!
Zola is also a web-based registry where you can source items for your list from the site itself, as well as other websites outside of Zola. Like Amazon, it also keeps a list of who purchased which items for you. A unique feature of Zola is that it has an exchange policy where, when an item is purchased, you can choose to keep the gift and have it delivered to you, or forego the gift and convert it into store credit that you can use to purchase other items. You can also use Zola to request services, like experiences or gift cards, or cash funds for whatever you and your partner might be saving up for, like your honeymoon or a house down payment. Zola is a great option for those who would like a hybrid of a traditional gift registry and an “experience” registry.
Blueprint is a new registry that’s based on the layout of your home. You register based on a special “room-to-room” blueprint filter, which gives a visual of the items you’ve registered for in the rooms of your choosing. This registry can use items from a variety of different retailers and includes group gifting options. Blueprint is a great choice for homebodies or couples hoping to soon buy a new house and it offers a unique layout and sleek registry website catered to this vision.
For those who want to focus solely on funds or experiences rather than physical items, Honeyfund is a free registry website that is more crowdfunding than gift registry. You can register for flights, hotels, and even destination-specific experiences and there are no setup or transaction fees. You can make your list of desired experiences and funds exactly tailored to what you and your spouse-to-be hope to do—and the site allows you to write in your own detailed descriptions of wish list items to really help your guests feel like they know exactly what they’re helping you achieve. (Also, if you think ahead using Honeyfund, your thank you cards could include photos of you on the particular excursion your guests helped fund!)
For many couples, a registry of gift items doesn’t feel necessary, but of course guests will still want to contribute to the couple in some way to celebrate their wedding. If this is your situation, you may want to consider Just Giving, which is a charitable giving registry where you and your partner can choose a charity you’d like guests to contribute to financially in lieu of wedding gifts.
The great thing about a WeddingWire Registry is it allows you to showcase all of your separate registries in one place on your WeddingWire website. You can import existing registries you’ve already created and have them all hosted on one page of your site. It allows your guests to see everything you’ve registered for in one place, while allowing you to create a few separate registries without having to inform guests of multiple places to find your lists. If it works best for you and your spouse-to-be to have registries with a few different retailers, it might be a good idea to hop on WeddingWire and get them all in one convenient location!