Your Wedding Registry: The Best Places to Register in 2021 and 2022

Anthropologie home wedding registry

A wedding registry is a curated selection of gifts the couple has requested in advance of the big day. Guests typically shop the registry to bring gifts to pre-wedding events like bridal showers as well as the day of your wedding. It’s an age-old tradition and one we LOVE because, above all, it’s a tangible way for your nearest and dearest to celebrate the beginning of your marriage.

There are several options when it comes to choosing a registry. The key is finding that perfect intersection of what works for you and what works for your guests. We’re taking a deep dive into all things registry and the BEST wedding registries out there to fill your home and beyond. {top photo courtesy of Anthropologie}

How does a wedding registry work?

Stores and websites offer free registry services to help the engaged couple select items they need and want. Registries used to be filled with things like toasters, tea towels, and fine china, but nowadays they’ve expanded beyond housewares. You can even register for a honeymoon fund or experiences to celebrate your nuptials!

Why should you register?

You might be wondering if it’s tacky or old-fashioned to ask for gifts. We hear this especially from couples who already have a home setup together. But we’re here to tell you this: your people are excited to celebrate you! Guests will be happy to buy you gifts and we certainly don’t see it as tacky or old-fashioned. But if you still feel funny about it, we’ve got several ideas below to give guests an opportunity to celebrate you in a different way.

When to start a wedding registry:

Once you’re engaged, it’s never too early to start registering. However, you should have a complete registry at least four months before the wedding day. It can take time to set up a registry and choose your preferred gifts, so give yourself time and make it fun! The longer you wait (as is true with most wedding to-dos) the more stressful it can become. It’s also important to have your registry complete before all the bridal showers and gift-giving events.

How many wedding registries should you have?

There is no hard and fast rule for how many wedding registries you should have. The more important thing to consider is how each registry serves you and your guests, then select an amount from there. If registries begin to overlap (aka, you have 5 registries just for housewares), you might want to consolidate and choose one per category. It’s also worth taking the time to consider where and how your guests like to shop. Are they online shoppers? Do they prefer to print out a registry in a familiar store? Finally, how many registries do you actually feel like managing?

Where to Put Your Wedding Registry

You can put your wedding registry on your wedding website so it’s easy for guests to find and shop from. If you’re having a bridal shower, your hosts will also share your registry details on the shower invitations. Finally, you can add your registry to your save-the-dates — but leave it off the actual invitation.

Where to Do a Wedding Registry

How do you choose a wedding registry? THAT is the big question, so let’s get into it! We’ve categorized wedding registries into 7 categories: traditional, modern heirloom, honeymoons + cash funds, charitable, small business, fun, and universal. Scroll on to find the best wedding registries for you!

Best Registries for Housewares + Traditional Items

Amazon

Amazon Registry for Your KitchenAmazon makes it easy to curate, maintain, and shop. You can even add items for other websites to your registry with their handy browser plugin. If you need help getting started, check out our favorite picks. Completion discount: 20% off remaining items on your registry (or 10% for non-members)

Target

Target wedding registry
You love Target. Your guests love Target. It’s a wedding registry no-brainer. Completion discount: 15% off remaining items

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath and Beyond wedding registry
It’s all in the name: everything for your bed, your bath, and — you get it. Start your registry with our favorite picks! Completion discount: 20% off remaining items

CB2

CB2 wedding registry
Boasting everything from chic dinnerware to small-scale furniture, CB2 is the place for unique pieces that will last.

West Elm

West Elm wedding registry
West Elm’s wedding registry comes with partner perks – like 20% off Minted and 15% of The Bouqs Co. Fill up your registry with everything you need to build a home and grab some florals while you’re at it!

Crate & Barrel

Crate and Barrel wedding registry

 One of our most favorite spots for day-to-day kitchen classics. Get bold style paired with high-quality pieces that are easy to love. Start with our kitchen picks! Completion discount: 15% off remaining items for three months

Williams Sonoma

williams-sonoma wedding registryGet that fancy toaster AND the espresso machine. Williams Sonoma has curated everything you need to cook, bake, prep, and clean. Completion discount: 10% off remaining items for six months

Anthropologie

Anthroplogie wedding registryThe day Anthropologie announced their wedding registry was a game-changer! If you’re a fan of the brand, you know. Make sure you register here for kitschy kitchen items and perfect home accents — don’t forget the candles! Completion discount: 15% off remaining items

Pottery Barn

pottery barn wedding registryA forever fave and no-brainer in our book. Home to clean lines and bright pieces, Pottery Barn will deliver on a lifetime of quality pieces for the entire home. They’ve curated 100 top items to get you started! Completion discount: 10% off remaining items

Macy’s

suitcases for wedding registry
Macy’s is a true one-stop-shop for all your home needs, but don’t forget luggage and travel accessoriesCompletion Discount: 20% off remaining items for 6 months

Wayfair

graphic wallpaper modern bedroom
Cookware, appliances, bedding, and more from your favorite brands — at every price. Completion Discount: 20% off remaining items

Design Within Reach

design within reach wedding registry
Why not add a few stunning furniture pieces to your wish list?! Design Within Reach partners with MyRegistry so you can add as many items as you like to one universal registry.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware wedding registry
Add items to your registry from the company’s selection of timeless, updated classics for the living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, and even the outdoors. RH partners with MyRegistry so you can add as many items as you like to one universal registry.

The Wedding Shop at AMARA

wedding registry guide
Featuring only the very best in high-quality home essentials and one-of-a-kind pieces to put a personal stamp on your home, designed by AMARA brands embody everything for a great interior — and an even better gift list. Completion Discount: 10% off any orders placed for two years

Brooklinen

brooklinen wedding registry
Beautiful and ridiculously comfortable sheets that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Quality is Brooklinen’s top priority and their beautiful, yet simple designs ensure products are versatile enough for any home. Brooklinen partners with Zola so you can add as many items as you like to one universal registry.

Parachute

parachute bathroom linens
Designed in Venice Beach and responsibly manufactured by the world’s best artisans. Parachute’s unfussy style and natural color palette appeal to a variety of design aesthetics. Plus their home textiles are 100% natural – meaning no harmful chemicals or synthetics. Parachute partners with Zola so you can add as many items as you like to one universal registry.

Bloomingdales

Kitchen-Aid Mixer in Misty Blue
Bath, dining, travel, kitchen, entertaining — Bloomingdales has gift guides for them ALL. When you register, you’ll also get 20% off dresses, suiting, and more before the big day! Completion Discount: 20% off remaining items for six months

Best Registries for Honeymoons, Experiences, and Cash Funds

Honeyfund

honeyfund wedding registry for your honeymoon
With a Honeyfund page, wedding guests’ contributions become cash in your hand to travel the world, together.

photo of the Natural Pools of Millpu in Peru by @sofiapozuelo

REI

REI wedding registry
Need gear for an upcoming adventure? REI partners with MyRegistry so you can add as many items as you like to one universal registry.

Sur La Table

Sur la Table registry classes
You know you can stock your kitchen at Sur La Table — but did you know you can also register for cooking lessons?

New Home or Adoption Funds

light bright kitchen
Maybe you’re saving for a down payment or starting an adoption fund — it’s totally acceptable to fold those big life moments into your registry! Several universal registries allow you to fund savings goals, including Honeyfund.

photo: Remodelista

Best Registries for Charitable Donations

The Good Beginning

the good beginning charity wedding registry
If you’d like contributions to go toward your favorite charity, The Good Beginning makes it easy. Simply select up to 3 charities, share a custom link with guests, and funds will be dispersed following the wedding day!

Your Local Charity of Choice

charity wedding registry
You can also simply add a link to your charity of choice on your wedding website. photo: Joel Muniz

SoKind

Festival Inspired Australia WeddingSoKind is a registry and wishlist service that encourages the giving of homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand
goods, experiences, time, day-of-event help, and more.

Wish Upon a Wedding

springtime anemone bouquet
What do you get the couple who has everything? Wish Upon a Wedding is on a mission to grant weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering health circumstances. If you’re opting out on a registry, consider asking guests to donate on your behalf.

Small Business Wedding Registries

The Little Market

the little market artisan goods wedding registryArtisan goods that empower makers all over the world. If you’re looking to add unique, ethically made pieces to your home, The Little Market is it.

Made Trade

tan couch boho roomAll products on Made Trade are intentionally crafted, produced in small batches, and sustainably sourced with fair labor practices. Your registry on Made Trade will celebrate artisans, independent makers, local businesses, and small companies that are creating amazing products with a story.

East Fork Pottery

east fork pottery wedding registry
East Fork designs, manufactures and sells thoughtful, durable ceramic dishware in Asheville, North Carolina. Fun fact: we featured the co-founders’ wedding here on GWS!

Farmhouse Pottery

farmhouse pottery wedding registry
If you’re looking for modern heirlooms that you’ll pass on for generations, look no further.

Heath Ceramics

heath ceramics wedding registry
Add unique and handmade items from the Bay Area to your table! From dinnerware, flatware, and glassware.

Etsy

Prabal Gurung Creator Collab Etsy
If shopping small and handmade is your thing, you simply cannot go wrong with Etsy. Fill your home with pieces made with love from all over the world!

pieces from the Prabal Gurung Creator Collab

Don’t forget to check in with small local shops in your area. Many of your favorite spots might have an in-house registry that you can curate for guests! And if you’re planning on opening a universal registry, it’s still easy to shop small. Check out these Black-owned businesses you can add to any registry!

Best Registries for Fun

Dominos

dominos wedding registry
WE’RE NOT KIDDING. Dominos Pizza has a wedding registry and it’s just the greatest thing ever.

Museum Membership


One of our most favorite wedding registry gifts is an annual museum membership! Request information from your museum(s) of choice and add it to your wedding website.

Have it All: Best Universal Wedding Registries

Finally, we arrive at the universal wedding registry! These are one-stop-shops for almost everything you see above: gifts, charities, experiences, and more. Here are the ones we recommend:

Zola

Zola
With Zola, you curate your own online store by picking and choosing from all of your favorites across brands and websites. One store with gifts, experiences, and cash funds. The website is easy to use and can even integrate with a wedding website to make a simple one-stop shop for guests. Completion Discount: 20% off remaining item for six months

MyRegistry


MyRegistry makes it easy to sync registries from other websites all into one. You can curate from anywhere on the internet — or IRL. With the app, you can scan an item in-store and it’ll add to your registry!

Which wedding registry is best?

Now that we’ve done the deep dive, which registry is best for you? While we’re partial to a few (this one for easy guest shopping, this one for a cozy home makeover), it’s essentially a question only you can answer. And it might even be a little bit like choosing The One — when you know, you know! Have fun with it, start early, and enjoy being celebrated by friends and family cheering you on. Happy registering!

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