Getting Started

Make a list

Jot down the items you really need—before you hit the store. It's easy to get dazzled by tempting store displays. Use our handy checklist to be sure you don’t forget anything essential.

Determine your style

How would you define your style? Are you a traditionalist or more of a bohemian, hippie gal? Do you surround yourself with romantic, frilly décor or is your home filled with simple, clean shapes and monochromatic colors? Knowing your personal style helps you determine where to register and what items to include in your registry.

Easy access

Choose a mix of national and local retailers to better accommodate your guests.

The fine print

Check the store's shipping and return policies, and make sure they apply to your registry—and suit your needs.

Manage your registry

As items get snapped up, add more so that all of your guests will have a selection to choose from when they go to purchase your gift.

Size up your space

If you know you'll have to store items, be realistic about how much space you have in your house or apartment.

Consider your options

These days the sky’s the limit when it comes to registering. You can go traditional and register for china, flatware and other household essentials or you can opt for a registry that reflects you and your partner's style. Some choices:

  • Register for a cause
The I Do Foundation partners with stores like Target to donate a portion of its sales to your favorite charity (idofoundation.org).
  • Go natural
    Gaiam.com sells organic-cotton sheets and woven-seagrass coffee tables, while greenfeet.com is a great resource for recycled-glass dinnerware and soapstone pizza pans.
  • Plan a dream vacation
    Ask guests to contribute to your honeymoon fund by registering through Distinctive Honeymoons (distinctivehoneymoons.com) or Honeymoon Wishes (honeymoonwishes.com).
  • Get a sports high
    Adventurous types can register at rei.com for a large assortment of camping and sports gear including bikes, snowboards and canoes.
  • Stock up
    It's never too early to start planning for your financial retirement. Couples ready to start the ball rolling sign up at registerstock.com.
  • Drink and be merry
    For Oenophiles and those looking to do a lot of post-wedding entertaining, register at store.morrellwine.com for a large assortment of wine and wine accessories. Everything you need to keep the party going!
  • Many stores, one registry
    If you can't decide on one certain type of registry, check out Web sites like MyRegistry.com that allow you create one gift list compiled of items from a variety of stores like Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma and more.
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