Where to Start for Your Bridal Registry
If you’re trying to figure out where to register or wondering why you should even bother, I have a few tips that might help guide you in the right direction.
If you already have everything you could possibly think of asking for and would rather give to others, why not encourage guests to make charity donations by registering at JustGive.org? They have 1.5 million charities to choose from and guests can donate through the online registry or make a gift in your name. JustGive.org also allows you to buy favors in honor of your guest or give charitable gifts to your wedding party. My husband and I chose to donate money to charities that were meaningful to us and our families in lieu of favors and I think it was one of the best things we did. And the funny part is, I don’t think anyone missed getting a favor!
For all of you who love the idea of accepting charity donations instead of gifts, but do still need a few things to make your house a home, IDoFoundation.org is your answer. Once you register your wedding with them, just create a registry with any or all of their partner stores – including Target, Bloomingdales, Amazon, and Tiffany & Co., just to name a few – and those stores will donate up to 10% of gift purchases to the charities of your choice. With this scenario, everyone wins – how cool is that?
If you’re all set with china, appliances, bedding, and power tools, but could use a little extra dough to really enjoy that 2 week honeymoon, allow your guests to contribute to those once-in-a-lifetime memories. At HoneymoonWishes.com, you can set up a registry for guests to donate cash money towards your airfare, hotel stay, or even pay for upgrades, special activities, or spa treatments. And you’ll be able to truly thank them for the lasting memories when you return.
You may think this is all great, but still desperately need a blender, toaster, flatware, towels, and flat screen TV (hey, it’s not unheard of – my husband and I registered for one and got it! Thanks Angela & Brian!). So, for all of you traditional registers, there’s a way to narrow down the choices – look for the perks. Stores such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, which are all a part of the Wedding Channel store registry network, shower you with bonus gifts from participating manufacturers when you add a certain dollar amount of their items to your registry and/or when guests actually make purchases.
If you have or open a Macy’s credit card when you register, you’ll earn cash back when gifts are purchased – when all is said and done, they’ll send you a gift card loaded up and ready to use. Pottery Barn gives you a one-time 10% discount for a full year after your big day on all remaining registry items, and Crate & Barrel, Target, and Williams-Sonoma do the same for 90 days after your wedding. Also, if you’re interested in Crate & Barrel, register through stylemepretty.com and you’ll have the chance to win a $4,000 C&B gift card.
All you have to do is spend some time researching deals online and you’ll be golden – why not get a little something back for all the hard work you’re putting in?