A wedding registry is a like ‘wish list’ of sorts for couples to set up to make the gift shopping process easier for their wedding guests.
When guests are invited to a wedding, it’s difficult for them to decide on what type of gift to give. They may not know both of you well enough to know what to give, and they usually do not know what you need. Having a gift registry will help them purchase the items that you can use.
With so many wedding registry options, I have put together the top 10 of the best and the most popular wedding registries of 2020, and also included some of the benefits and perks of each registry so you can decide if any of these can work right for you.
Amazon wedding registry has the most benefits, especially if you and/or your guests are members of Amazon Prime. If you’re not, you can sign up for a free month here. With a generous 180-day return policy, the biggest selection of any registry on this list, their Universal Registry option that lets you add registry items from a ton of popular sites (including many of the others on our list), their industry-leading completion discount of 20% if you’re a Prime member, inexpensive gift wrapping, and their free 2-day shipping for Prime members, and free shipping for anyone with a purchase over $49. That’s a ton of great features for a wedding registry, making it the best of 2020!
Honeyfund enables couples to ask their guests for money in a socially acceptable way – including everything from help with a down payment on a home, or towards your destination honeymoon or even the option to donate to a favorite charity. The site does not charge any transaction fees for the couples or gift-givers upon setting up the registry, but there is a small fee through WePay or PayPal when the couple chooses to cash out.
The Macy’s Wedding Registry offers lots of perks, like free gifts with registry completion, and when you enroll in their Registry Star Rewards program, you’ll get 10% back in Reward Dollars on every eligible purchase you make & 5% back in Reward Dollars on every eligible gift someone purchases from your registry!
All of that cash goes on a gift card for anything you end up needing.
Guests can also contribute to your Dream Fund account and when they shop your list, they’ll get $20 off their next $50 purchase! Macy’s will also gift you with a 20% OFF Newlywed Discount for up to 6 months after your big day – valid on anything!
Zola offers the most complete wedding package when compared to other online wedding registries. They will help easily bring together everything from managing your guest list to creating a beautiful wedding website, designing matching invitations and their easy-to-use platform allows you to add everything from furniture, gift cards, honeymoon funds, plus the ability to add items from anywhere on the web. They also offer a hold registry, with the ability to schedule the delivery of each of your gifts rather than receiving them all at once. Zola also offers the option of uploading photos and leaving notes for your guests. The ‘Barcode Scanner’ feature allows you to add items to your list from your smartphone while you stroll through your favorite department store at the mall.
Who doesn’t love Target?! Not only do couples choose to register with them for their large selection of pretty much anything, but they also offer “honeyfunds” (that I mentioned above) that they can use toward newlywed experiences. Target also provides gift ideas of their own exclusive brands, with pre-selected themes and more.
If kitchen, bath, bedding, and general housewares are high on your list of must-haves, it’s hard to beat Bed Bath & Beyond‘s wedding registry! Not only do you get access to thousands of brands through their online store, but you get the invaluable option to meet with a registry consultant in-store to help you make the best selections.
While some couples are comfortable only surfing the internet to build their registries, others want a more hands-on experience with the brand they choose. If you’re in the latter group, C&B has immersive in-store offerings. This includes a ‘scan-and-sip’ option where you and your partner can enjoy wine while you choose items for your list. If you decide to go with Crate & Barrel, they will gift a free set of stemless wine glasses, on the spot! When your guests go to select something from your registry, they will receive free shipping, and C&B will update your cart with a ‘Thank You’ manager. This feature keeps track of your inventory and guest purchasing history to create notes after the wedding. You’ll also receive 10% off the entire store and not just for your registry, for up to six months after you get married.
For the couple that is starting from scratch and prefers the minimalist look, Snowe is the place to register. From crisp white sheet and towel sets to modern dining- and drinkingware, these are the perfect additions to a couple’s first home.
Food and cooking fanatics will appreciate William-Sonoma’s quality selection of culinary tools and classes led by professional chefs. They have everything from your kitchen and dining room to your living room and bed and bath.
You can make an appointment with a store registry specialist for help on what items to ad and they also offer 10% off all items in the store for up to six months after the event date. If you’re passionate about cooking and entertaining then you need to check them out for yourself!
Not into the aesthetic of a single brand or store? That’s where MyRegistry comes in. If you prefer to pick one-of-a-kind gifts from unique online boutiques that don’t have their own registries, you can do just that with this universal registry. Add everything from home furnishings to experiences like cooking classes and even skydiving lessons. Plus, you can add a donation link to a non-profit you support, allowing guests to give in your honor.
One of the key benefits of this popular gift registry is the ease of use. Simply place the “Add to MyRegistry” button on your bookmark bar. Then, browse your favourite stores and just click the button to instantly add gifts to your wedding registry.
You can also import your existing registries from all major bridal retailers to create one universal wedding registry.