Registry Ideas & Answers

Top 24 Places to Register

From newfangled websites with genius shopping tools to big-brand stores that have stood the test of time, the best registries are all here. It wasn't easy trimming our list to 25; but it'll be an even greater challenge for you, since we suggest choosing five registries at the most.

The Big Basics


Bed Bath & Beyond

Register here if... you value one-stop-shopping convenience above all else and are on the hunt for basic housewares, linens, and appliances at a range of price points.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount on items you registered for but didn't receive. You're also eligible for free gifts (e.g., a cheese-serving set from Delonghi) when guests purchase qualifying items.

Check out: Elizabeth Arden the Spa Collection bath towels, $16.99 each; B. Smith 7-piece multi server, $39.99; Mikasa Love Story 5-piece dinnerware set, $49.99

Bloomingdale's

Register here if... the goods that catch your eye tend to involve the names Vera, Ralph, Kate, and Calvin. Cool feature: Our own popular Set the Table tool lets you mix and match china patterns on a virtual table with products from Bloomie's, so if you see something you love, voilà!—you know where to find it.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount for up to six months after your wedding. Plus: free monogramming, invites to exclusive events, and honeymoon discounts from Leading Hotels of the World.

Check out: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Lawton sheets and accessories, $24–$320; Vera Wang for Wedgwood Duchesse stemware, $40–$75; Kate Spade New York Gardner Street rose bowl, $100

Crate & Barrel

Register here if... you're drawn to modern housewares and furniture, and enjoy entertaining. This is also where you can register for glasses that cost $2 a pop (an option young relatives and poor friends will appreciate).

Cool feature: Get started by attending one of the store's Wedding Party Events, during which you can start scoping out merchandise with the help of a registry expert and watch product demos.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount and bonus gifts (e.g., All-Clad measuring cups) when you register for select products

Check out: Petrie Apartment sofa (pictured), $1,499; Acacia Modern low bowl, $49.95; Verena 4-piece place setting, $49.95

Kohl's

Register here if... you're already a fan of the store's shtick—quality and style at a great value—and your shopping experiences have been positive. If you love the Simply Vera Vera Wang clothing line (as many of our staffers do), you'll love the Simply Vera bath items, too.

Perks: 15 percent completion discount for up to three months after your wedding. Guests who present a Kohl's "registry announcement" card get a 15 percent discount when they make an in-store registry purchase of $50 or more.

Check out: Simply Vera Vera Wang Platinum Bedding, $44.99–$289.99; Bobby Flay 5-piece Griller's Kit, $79.99; Food Network 4-in-1 Grill & Griddle, $139.99

Macy's

Register here if... Macy's is already your go-to department store, so you can rack up those rewards dollars! Locations on both coasts make in-store shopping easy for guests.

Perks: Macy's credit card holders can enroll in the Registry Star Rewards program to earn 10 percent on Macy's purchases made through your wedding day, and receive 5 percent rewards dollars on purchases made from your registry. After your wedding, enjoy a 10 percent completion discount on most items.

Check out: Charter Club damask stripe 500-thread-count sheet sets, $60–$185; Hotel Collection Wide Stripe Bronze bedding, $70–$340; Lenox Portola 65-piece 18/10 flatware set, $300

Pottery Barn

Register here if... the store's catalogs depict exactly the kind of "relaxed summer home" vibe you aspire to create in your everyday digs.

Cool feature: On Tuesday evenings stores host registry workshops, which are good to attend because some of the home collection is available only in-store, not online.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount for up to six months after your wedding. If you register for Pottery Barn gift cards, you can redeem them not only at Pottery Barn but also at sister stores Williams-Sonoma and West Elm.

Check out: Tava round charger, $18; Emma dinnerware in white, $40$159; Schott Zwiesel stemware, set of 6, $64

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