You know that you can go play with one of those fun scanner guns (or your phone, because it's 2017!) at the usual registry-friendly shops like Macy's and Bed, Bath & Beyond. But did you know that more and more retailers are launching their very own registry services? They are!
These stores and sites often offer completion discounts (so that after your wedding you can buy anything you really wanted but didn't get), extra-long return windows (in case you decide you really don't need that chaffing dish after all), gift trackers (to ensure that you don't forget to send the proper thank you cards), and free little bonus gifts just because!
Here's a list of some surprising places you can turn to when it comes to building your wedding registry.
Note: There are also plenty of sites (like Zola and SimpleRegistry) that allow you to add products from any store to one comprehensive registry, so that's an option too. Plus, there are all sorts of sites that let you register for your honeymoon, a downpayment on a house, or even charitable donations.
Using Amazon's Universal Registry, you can register for anything on the site — plus any other site on the internet. Your loved ones will also get free shipping on orders that total more than $35. Even if said loved ones aren't Prime members!
Download the store's mobile app and hit the nearest location to start picking out what you want. You can add any item from the store or the site. Glassware? Yes! Bedding? Sure! That off-the-shoulder dress you've been eyeing? Eh, you probably shouldn't — but hey, you do you!
3. Best Buy
This big-box electronic store is often overlooked when it comes to thinking about home essentials, but it's got plenty on offer. From toasters to stand mixers to jumbo smart TVs, you can create a well-rounded registry at Best Buy.
An organized home is a happy home — that's what we think, anyway. The Container Store can help with that. Your wedding guests will get free shipping and gift wrapping on most registry purchases of $75 or more, which will make them happy too.
There are tons of ways to shop and add things to your Target registry. The site and app allow you to search by category (think: bedding, kitchen, dining, and entertaining), by brand, and even by your design style (including modern, rustic, Scandinavian, and more). Target also allows you to add products from other websites to your registry.
If you ever find yourself reading Food52 and wishing your table looked half as good as the site's pics, you'll be pumped to know you can register for the look. Browse through more than 2,000 products from small makers and pick out photoshoot-worthy stuff for your kitchen, table, and the rest of your home.
Register for all the crafty things! You can pick out items from any seller throughout the site. And you can search through it all by category (kitchen, dining and entertaining, decor and housewares, and more). Hand-stamped tea towels made by an artist in Spain? Yes, Married You is gonna need that.
Build your dream kitchen, literally, with a registry at Heath. You can register for plates, cookware, furniture, and even tile to redo that dated backsplash in your not-so-new, new house.
A new offering from IKEA, now you can register to have other people buy you that RASKOG cart you've been wanting so badly. And all the BILLY bookcases you can shake a stick at.
Read how it works: Look What IKEA Finally Offers!
If you are an outdoorsy couple, then this should be your first stop after you get engaged. Here you can register for sleeping bags (maybe just one to optimize cuddling?), hiking gear, and all the stuff you could possibly need to set up a camp kitchen. Because you've gotta eat — even in the middle of the woods.
Where did you register for your wedding?