Everyone knows Target, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Macy’s have wedding registries. Lately, it seems like you don’t even have to ask a couple where they are registered when you receive a wedding invitation. Just search for their names at those stores and you are sure to find it in at least one.
Their popularity is for good reason though. They all have a huge selection of items for starting a home, seamless web and store access to their registry, and convenient return policies. What’s not to like?
It is also fun to spice things up a bit sometimes though. If you want a nontraditional registry or want to add something different to a traditional one, there are plenty of those to choose from as well. You just have to know where to look.
Best Buy isn’t a store couples typically think of when deciding on a wedding registry, but the store recently started a registry program. Before you decide that you don’t want to register for a flat screen TV and a bunch of CDs, read a little further.
Best Buy sells small appliances like Keurigs, mixers, and vacuums in addition to larger ones. If you are considering a new TV or maybe a washer, it might not be the registry faux pas you think it is. For items over $200, Best Buy offers guests the option to contribute a smaller amount toward the price of the item, so Grandma, your co-workers, and your husband’s college roommate can all pool their funds for that big ticket item you have your eyes on.
For unique handmade items, Etsy is a well-known place to turn. With so many different shops to browse though, the site makes registering for items from a number of digital storefronts easy with a wedding registry that spans the site. You’ll love receiving the unique items and supporting small businesses, and your guests will love how easy it is to buy them.
Since Amazon has just about every item you could hope for, it is ideal for a wedding registry. Most people are familiar with purchasing and shipping on Amazon nowadays, and prime members will like using their free shipping for your gift.
If you don’t have time in all the wedding planning to choose your flatware and wine glasses as well, Card Avenue is the answer for you. It lets you choose gift cards to the stores you want to shop. Guests can purchase or contribute to the cards you chose, and you can shop with them at your leisure.
If you and your fiancé have already been living on your own for a while, you may have your house set up and your kitchen stocked. You don’t have to register for more pans and towels. Honeyfund lets you raise money for your choice of big ticket items.
Originally set up for honeymoon funds, Honeyfund now lets you register for any big ticket item you like, from airline tickets and snorkeling on your newlywed trip, to a down payment on your house. Basically it is a more polite way of asking for cash and guests get to choose which item they help you with.
I Do Foundation
If you’d like to pass your wedding gifts on to someone who needs them more than you, you can use I Do Foundation. This site gives you the ability to ask guests to make donations to your favorite charities instead of buying you gifts.
You don’t have to completely give up gifts to do good though. If you’d like to contribute to a charity but are also really excited about receiving a stand mixer, I Do Foundation has an option to create a traditional registry that will donate a small percentage of each gift’s value to the charity of your choice.