Register for wedding gifts, while usually one of the most enjoyable parts
of the wedding process for the bride and groom, can be confusing and frustrating.
To make the process easier and more enjoyable, we have compiled a guide
to some of the best bridal registries available.
As you browse through our registry guide, take special note of the options
each registry offers. The "Computerized Registry" column refers
to whether or not your gift list will be kept in a database and updated
regularly. Stores do this to keep track of what's already been purchased
so that guests can avoid duplication of gifts. However, keep in mind that
for some bridal registries the database is not updated for 24 hours.
"Catalogs for Guests" indicates whether the registry has a
catalog available for guests to do at-home shopping of if they live faraway
from the store. "Registry Cards" are provided by some stores
to be included in your shower invitations, or you can mail them separately.
This is an easy way to let your guests know where you are registered.
"Mail Order" indicates whether or not a store can ship directly
to you or your guests.
In addtion, we offer these tips to registering couples:
- Couples should register at a locally
owned specialty store or a fully assorted
department store. This way you don't have to register at more than one
store if you don't want to.
- Rely on knowledgeable professional
consultants to guide you through the
process. Many of the bridal registries listed on our guide have in-house
consultants who can coordinate his preferences and yours.
- Register for items in a broad
range of prices. Remember, not all of
your guests are working with the same budget.
- Pay attention to special advantages
offered by your registry. You may
be eligible for fabulous prizes when you register and receive invitations
exclusive bridal events.
- Select a registry with stores that can provide nationwide
service via a toll-free
phone Number, a website, or affiliates . The stores should have the
ship merchandise nationwide. This may be helpful for out-of-town guests.
However, now that many registries are offering on-line services this
may not be as important.