Registry Ideas & Answers

Top 24 Places to Register

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Perks: 10 percent completion discount

Check out: Mr. & Mrs. Muse bottle stoppers, $48; Mod Love needlepoint pillow (above), $175; Bond wall mirror, $695

Scully & Scully

Register here if... you're very fancy—perhaps a deb or a celeb (this is where Serena, Blair, et al., will register when they get married). The store specializes in formal dinnerware, china, and Old World home furnishings; it's headquartered in Manhattan, but out-of-towners should plan to visit if they're making a trip to New York anyway (maybe to try on gowns at nearby Mark Ingram?).

Cool feature: In-store consultants will block out hours to guide you through the registry process and the selection of tabletop designs, which rotate frequently so the inventory is always fresh.

Perks: After your wedding you'll receive a gift certificate, credited to your account, for 10 percent of the total value of gifts that were purchased from your registry.

Check out: Waterford Crystal Lismore Essence stemware, $79.50–$160; Meissen Ming Dragon mug, $360; Royal Crown Derby Panel red 5-piece dinner set, $490

Sur La Table

Register here if... you're really, really passionate about cooking and entertaining.

Perks: Starting in February, 10 percent off any item in the store or online for up to six months after the wedding

Check out: Sur La Table Cocotte enameled cast iron Dutch oven, $99.95$139.95; Sur la Table Platinum Professional bakeware, 7-piece set, $149.95; Jura Impressa Z7 One Touch coffee, espresso, and cappuccino machine, $2,999.95

Refreshingly Unconventional Sources

Here you can create your dream wedding registry by adding products from big-name retailers as well as smaller independent stores that may or may not have official registries—which means that that Etsy seller whose stuff you love so much is fair game. To select products from any online store, click on the site's Add to MyRegistry button, which will then magically appear in your browser's toolbar for easy access.

Check out: iPad 16GB (pictured, first page), $499,; Wegner style Wishbone chair (pictured, first page), $269,

Best Buy

If having state-of-the-art electronics and home appliances is at the top of your list, sign up for Best Buy Wish Lists. The store also offers a Pitch In card that lets guests contribute to the joint purchase of big-ticket items—like that 50-inch plasma TV you've had your eye on.

This online gift registry collects guests' contributions for a down payment on a house, home improvements, or furniture; one of the first steps is to design your virtual dream house on the site. Sign-up is free, but there's a 5.9 percent transaction fee on each gift (your guests can opt to pay this themselves). Funds are collected via PayPal.

These charity-tie-in shopping meccas help make donating to your favorite cause an integral part of your wedding day. Register with a partner retailer like Target or Macy's, and up to 10 percent of the proceeds from guests' gift purchases will be donated to your chosen charity. Or ask for tax-deductible donations in lieu of material gifts.

Choose from one of five registry themes (or have one designed for you); personalize a message to your guests; then add links to the websites featuring the products you want. Not that you're limited to material things—you can also list "experiential" requests like a Seine River cruise or trapeze lessons. One caveat: You have to pay to register here (subscriptions start at $65).


Outdoor enthusiasts know and love this store—and when they learn it offers a registry? Forget about it! Guests will now be able to give you all the sporting gear, clothing, and camping/hiking equipment you desire.

Check Out: REI Base Camp 6 tent (pictured, first page), $399

If having a blast on your honeymoon (or having the funds to splurge on some indulgences during your stay) is more important to you than china and flatware, this registry is for you: It's set up so that friends and family members can make monetary gifts to cover your travel expenses, meals, and activities (e.g., snorkeling lessons or scenic side trips).

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