This California-based boutique features a well-edited selection of tableware, furniture, and housewares that are more like modern works of art than registry basics. Even the kitchen gadgets are display-worthy.
Bed Bath & Beyond
The name says it all. Avoid the crowds and register online for everything you need for your bedroom and bathroom. "Beyond" items range from wall hangings to MP3 accessories. Check out their free Bridal Toolkit feature, which allows you to do everything from inputting your wedding-related appointments to completing the seating chart.
A spin-off of Crate & Barrel, CB2 offers a specifically modern assortment of products, including contemporary tableware and furniture. Register for anything on the site and check out their funky area rugs and bed linens to create a hip living space. The site also features a "spread the news" function that sends guests a notice of your upcoming event and provides a link to your registry.
This retailer sells decorative home goods and accessories with an artistic feel. Brightly patterned bedding and modern, 3-dimensional wall decorations are popular registry items.
Crate & Barrel
Register online or in stores for items including table linens, glassware and even contemporary furniture. Registry features include free announcement cards and a completion program offering a one-time 10-percent coupon for unpurchased registry items.
At this e-boutique users can build registries filled with goods by favorite designers like Area, DwellStudio, and Wallter. Employees are available via email to offer tips and registry advice. Worried about privacy? Online gift registries can be protected with a password you give to your guests.
This Minneapolis-based retailer sells modern furniture, tableware, jewelry and more inspired by designs from Finland (think: Marimekko). They offer a partial-payment option that allows several guests to contribute toward the same gift.
Couples can shop big names like Alessi, Rosenthal, Iittala, and Pott, as well as emerging lines in this L.A.-based retailer's online store. In addition to registry basics like china, glassware, and flatware, Fitzu also boasts a variety of quirky home décor items—vases shaped like a trio of handguns and lamps that look like candlesticks.
This site offers thousands of items to register for, from tableware to fireplaces. Their completion program offers a one-time 10-percent discount on unpurchased items for one year after your wedding date. They also offer free shipping and no sales tax for items shipped anywhere (excluding New Jersey).
Dishware, rugs, linens, and decorative items by the celebrity designer are all available here. Couples can even register for "Design Your Own" giftcards that would allow them to create custom pillows and rugs featuring Adler's iconic motifs.
Well-made, minimalist dinnerware, bedding, and decorative accessories are stocked at this unique home store. Couples who register online receive a complimentary phone consultation to help them build their registries. The store also offers 10 percent off of unpurchased registry items.
Lille a shop
Sophisticated home and personal accessories by independent designers are on offer at this e-boutique, which also has a brick-and-mortar store in Chicago's Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood. Here you'll find tableware and furniture featuring rich textures and details in a muted color palette.
MoMA Store (launching mid-July)
The newly launched registry program at New York's most beloved modern art museum is a hot spot for couples looking for contemporary gifts and tableware.
Register for dishes, furniture and more in Moss's signature modern industrial designs. You'll receive a gift notification as soon as a purchase is made, and you can decide when you'd like items shipped to you.
At this housewares staple, you can register for anything from towels to tableware in their signature classic American styles. Pottery Barn offers an online thank-you-note manager and 10 percent off most unpurchased registry items for up to one year after the wedding.
Beautiful, functional home and garden accessories are available at this store's Chicago and Brooklyn locations, as well as online. Sustainable furniture, soy candles, and basic tools for urban gardening are some registry favorites.
Based in Portland, Ore., this shop carries modern home and personal accessories from emerging and classic designers worldwide. Register in person or via e-mail. The owners will order any item from the catalogs of any of their manufacturers for you to add to your registry.
Restoration Hardware, a purveyor of modern and retro housewares and furnishings, offers a completion program, along with complimentary announcement cards and a thank-you-note manager.
Tiffany & Co.
Although primarily known for its jewelry, this posh retailer offers a host of great tabletop items for $100 or less. Registry items can also include Tiffany china patterns, sterling-silver picture frames and crystal barware.
Choose from a fun, quirky and colorful selection of household items including handmade soaps, decorative plates and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Register for anything on the site.
Register online for an impressive selection of modern items for all aspects of the home. Unusual items include scented chew toys for your dog and an artsy piggy bank. Alert friends to your registry via e-mail; announcement cards are also available.
Velocity Art and Design
This Seattle-based design store offers a mix of contemporary designs and classic staples. Everything on the site is available for the registry, including their popular selection of original artwork.
From bedding to barware, this store stocks it all. Most items are reasonably priced, and have a hip, contemporary aesthetic. The retailer boasts 54 stores in 18 states, plus a fully-stocked online shop.