How To Create The Best Wedding Registry Online


There are lots of things to plan for your big day, including a wedding registry! Here are ideas to help you get started. 

As someone who is getting married this year, wedding registries have been on my mind.

One weekend my fiancé and I were traveling and waiting at the airport, so I decided to start researching what types of items people usually include on their registries. I’m the first one in my family to get married, so this whole wedding planning thing has been a new experience for me.

To my surprise, I actually really enjoyed working on it. Turns out, it’s actually fun to make a wish list of things other people are going to give you haha. 

For my online registry I used the Amazon wedding registry, but the truth is, there are lots of sites you can use. I’ve heard of people using Target, Walmart, and even Bed Bath & Beyond. These are all great wedding registry options. Regardless of which companies you choose to work with for your registry, it helps to think of the items you want to include in categories. 

Things to Think About When Making Your Wedding Registry

When putting together your bridal registry, I think it is important to be mindful of how many websites you register on.

Generally, I think it is best if you can have all you requested registry gifts on one site. This makes it easier for you to avoid having duplicate gift ideas on various sites. It also makes it easier on the wedding guests, because they don’t have to look at multiple lists. 

That is why I chose to register on Amazon. It had everything I needed, was simple to create, and made it easy for those on my guest list to use. However, I know plenty of people who have made multiple registries and it worked out just fine. Having one is just my suggestion for simplicity! 

Another thing to keep in mind is having a wide price range for your registry items. Not everyone on your guest list is going to be comfortable giving you the same amount. By providing lots of price points to choose from, you can give your guests options. 

But, don’t stress if you have a few big ticket items. I can’t speak for other registries, but I know that Amazon allows you to mark items as group gifts, meaning that multiple people can contribute any amount towards the item. 

Along with this, you want to have a decent size registry. The general rule I’ve heard is to have a little more than double the amount of suggested items on your list than then number of guests you are inviting.

Of course, there will be items that you want more than others. I know a lot of sites will allow you to prioritize items or make them “most wanted”. This allows you to communicate to your friends and family the things you need/want most while also providing them with a wide array of ways to support you! 

Making a Wedding Registry That Wor​ks For You 

You will see in this article that I have made a few graphics to showcase the kind of items I would include in the various categories. But remember, you may not need everything on this list. In fact, you probably won’t.

The lists in this article are simply meant to help you think about your individual situation and maybe help catch a few items you would’ve otherwise forgotten/overlooked. 

In my case, my fiancé and I will be moving into an apartment, so I’ve tried to limit the number of items I request that take up a lot of space. While I would love to have a food processor or smoker, those aren’t the biggest priorities for our circumstances!  

So, here’s my suggestion. Look over these lists while making your registry, but don’t feel like you have to have everything on them. Adjust your wish list so that it actually is YOUR wish list and not just what you think you should include on your registry. 

Wedding Registry Categories to Think About

It can be overwhelming to try and think of all the things you could add to your gift list. Working with categories can help you to systemize your efforts and make it manageable. 

Of course, we all come from different backgrounds and circumstances. This list of registry items won’t be entirely comprehensive, but hopefully it will get you going in the right direction. 

Here are some Wedding Registry categories that it can be helpful to think about. 

  • Kitchen Essentials 
  • Dining Room 
  • Living Room
  • Bedroom 
  • Bathroom
  • Entertainment 
  • Cleaning Materials 
  • Active/Outdoor Gear
  • Honeymoon Items 
  • Crafting 
  • Cleaning/Household Items
  • Big-Ticket Items 

Kitchen Essentials

One of the biggest areas that you will likely want to focus on with you wedding registry is kitchen items. There are all kinds of gadgets and cooking appliances nowadays that I’m sure you’d love to get your hands on!!

 Another nice thing about kitchen items is that they come in all sorts of price points. Someone might get you a $15 can opener while another buys you a $150 toaster oven. Kitchen items can be expensive, so it helps when others pitch in to help you gather some of these home goods. 

Home Decor

In addition to kitchen essentials, you are going to want to think about home decor. Depending on the size of your home and what you already have, you can gauge what items you’d most want to include. 

You may not have the style your wanting for your home all figured out yet, but I’d advise having a similar color palette that you use for items for each room. And if you aren’t that far, a great way to go about adding home decor to your lists is to play it safe with neutrals. If you get neutral colored items, you can always incorporate pops of color or pattern later, when you have a more clear idea of how you want to decorate. 

If you’re like me, also consider the long term. Ask yourself, “Will I like this item in 3 years? 5? 10?” Of course you can always replace things over time, but try to focus on adding registry gifts that you will be excited and thankful to have for more than 6 months. 

Items That Are Nice To Have

Often these are the items that get overlooked or forgotten when creating a gift registry. They fall into smaller categories, and therefore don’t get the same attention that the kitchen and home decor gifts do. 

While some of these sub groups might not feel important to some couples, I’d say that the cleaning items are definitely ones to think about. You may not have ever thought that you’d want someone to give you a vacuum, but trust me, you’ll want one of those!

I also think it can be helpful to consider what items it might be nice to have on your dream honeymoon. Your location and planned activities will definitely shape what kind of gifts would be useful from this category. 

Receiving Registry Ite​ms

Generally, wedding registries will have you put in an address for the gifts to be sent to. Those who buy a gift can either have it sent to you or to their own home. For Amazon prime members, the gifts they send come with free shipping, so that is a nice plus! 

When it comes to adding an address, just make sure that you add a reliable address. If you will be moving soon before or after your wedding, maybe consider having the packages sent to a more permanent address. Possibly to family or friends’ houses. 

If you need to return items, here is a little about company return policies. Amazon allows for returns up to 180 days from when it was shipped. Target  will let you return registry items for up to a year. And Walmart will let you return it by mail or in store. So, the good news it that there are options if you decide later that you don’t love a particular item. 

Another thing to note is that you may have gifts come in that aren’t on your registry. Many people are generous in giving cash gifts, gift cards, or personalized items.

These can be a little tricky to keep track of. I know Amazon can show you who purchased which items from your registry, but non-registry items will need special attention. Make sure to joy down who sent you those things, so you can send a thank you note after your wedding day! 

While it can take some time and effort to put together your wedding registry, you’ll be SO thankful that you did it. The items from your gift registry will do a lot to help you and your significant other in your new life together. 

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