Creating a wedding registry takes some planning. You want to be able to offer your guests options and different price points, so the best approach is to register at more than one store – ideally, two or three, but no more than five. When deciding where to register, consider perks or discounts stores may offer that will allow you to get the most out of your registry.
For a wide selection of brand-name products, Sears is a great wedding registry option. You’ll be able to register for tools, outdoor equipment, and all of the housewares you need as well. A unique feature of Sears registries is that multiple guests, even if they don’t know one another, can use the Give Together option on the Sears website to contribute toward the purchase of larger items. This can be helpful if you’re registered for any big-ticket items.
Bed, Bath & Beyond
This store has just about everything you need in the bed and bath categories, plus tons of kitchen items. Bed, Bath & Beyond is a great place to start for basics, or you can register there for specialty items not available through other registries. The store’s Start-to-Finish incentive program offers free gifts just for adding certain items to your registry, and more free gifts when you receive the items.
If you’re a foodie (or aspire to be one), Williams-Sonoma is one of the top places to register. You can select a wide range of high-quality kitchen items that will last for years, including specialty pans, kitchen utensils and knife sets. Plus, the store has a great selection of cookbooks and items that will help you with entertaining. The in-store registry consultants are helpful and can show you how to use the thank-you note tracker and get discounts on cooking classes.
Crate & Barrel
Crate & Barrel excels at helping customers create a registry. At times, the store is reserved entirely for couples to create their registry.The store has a wide selection of items for your table and entertaining, but also stocks larger items like furniture. The completion program is great, too, giving you 10 percent off anything on your registry for a full six months after your wedding date.
Pottery Barn is a great place to register for tasteful home decor and items that will make you feel peaceful and content in your home. Think lighting, rugs, window coverings, throw pillows and end tables. You can also find lots of products for your dining room, and decor for just about any room.
All of these stores allow you to create registries either in-store or online, and you should consider using a combination of the two. Getting to browse, see and touch items can help you decide what you want, and looking online provides a wider selection if you’re hunting for something specific. The important thing is to get started early so you have plenty of time to decide together what you want in your home.
About the Author: Maire, who is planning to attend several wedding this summer, blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. She is originally from Chicago and has a Scottish Terrier, Pete.