Most stores offer completion discounts, so if you're looking to purchase a big-ticket item, like a couch, add it to your bridal registry even if you doubt anyone will actually buy it for you. You can buy it for yourselves at a discount after the big day. The list below is in alphabetically order:
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1. Barney's New York
For Madison Avenue, Beverly Hills and Chicago brides only. Registering here is all about the top designer brands, including their signature Barneys New York plus Michael Aram, Fornasetti, Jonathan Adler and the like.
2. Bed, Bath & Beyond
Competitive prices, easy returns and a wide selection of brands for the kitchen, bedroom and bath. Incentives include free gifts and a 10% completion discount; guests can take advantage of frequent 20% discount coupons on registry items.
Exclusive invitation-only events and personal shopping consultants make Bloomies an easy choice for those seeking exclusive, cutting-edge brands. Try their innovative Set Your Table Tool to mix and match china settings for a unique tabletop look.
Gift registry planning services, a 15% completion program and a 5% cash-back reward program make this a value-added choice for an array of well-priced home, bed and bath items.
This is a great regional option: the family-owned department store has 39 locations reaching across five states in the Mid-Atlantic. Bridal consultants will help you select gifts which can range from home gym equipment to Waterford crystal toasting flutes.
Shop at one of their six stores nationwide or online for their simple and affordable modern designs for the home and office. Though Crate & Barrel is it's sister store, you cannot combine these registries. There is a 10% completion discount.
7. Crate & Barrel
Attend one of their super-fun Wedding Party events to have the store all to yourself and register for beautiful basics like kitchen gear, small appliances, and even living room furniture. A 10% completion program is available.
The most generous completion program we've found: 20% off all items except small electrics, furniture and furniture accessories (which can be purchased at 10% off). The offer starts 60 days after your wedding date and is valid for two months.
9. JC Penney
Enjoy free shipping for your guests, a free engagement portrait at the JCPenney portrait studio, and a 10% completion discount off of all home items for one year after your wedding date.
10. Jonathan Adler
Bright, bold and cheery designs for the modern, rustic home. Design your own Adler-inspired rug, pillow or tote, choosing the patterns and colors that fit your tastes, or simply register for his signature pottery, wall decor or needlepoint curiosities.
Create a "Wishlist" for a wide variety of items from pool accessories to bed sheets-all at low prices. This isn't a traditional registry, so announcement cards and completion programs are not available. The Wishlist works with a Sears login, too.
Free announcement cards include a 15% discount for guests on in-store registry purchases of $50 or more at this specialty department store with more than 1,000 locations nationwide. Their completion program features a 15% discount.
Get bonus gifts from participating brands when guests make tabletop purchases, as well as select gifts just for registering. Guests can take advantage of Macy's Rewards programs and sales, plus you'll get a Registry Star Rewards card after the wedding.
14. Michael C. Fina
Gorgeous designer luxuries for the home, including brands like Baccarat and Versace. Consider their Consolidated Registry to avoid returns on unwanted items. Shop at their New York City store or online; a 15% completion program is available.
15. Neiman Marcus
An extensive selection of fine gifts with a focus on both formal and informal tabletop and home accessories. Excellent customer service makes for a personalized shopping experience. Credit plan options are available.
16. Pottery Barn
Perfect for those wanting to outfit a new home that exudes style and comfort. Perks include a 10% completion program on any item in the store for up to 6 months plus private in-store consultations with registry specialists.
Register for high-quality outdoor gear and apparel at one of 100 stores nationwide or online. Highlights include the ecoSensitive™ product line plus excellent camping, hiking and cycling gear. Registries remain active for one year after your event.
18. Restoration Hardware
Stately, refined and luxurious home, outdoor and garden collections. Enjoy a one-time 10% completion discount on items not purchased from your registry, valid for 12 months after your event.
Register for a wide variety of items from home appliances to tools to garden care. You can talk, chat or email with a personal shopping expert or peruse in-depth buying guides to help you choose the right gifts. Works with a Kmart login, too.
20. Sur La Table
Exclusive Italian ceramics, kitchenware imported from France, and an extensive line of bakeware make this your go-to source for superior-quality housewares and kitchen gifts. There are over 75 stores nationwide, or guests can shop online.
The online Club Wedd Catalog and Buying Guides showcase everything you'll need to start your new life together, from cooking utensils to bedding to outdoor gear: all great designs at great prices.
22. Tiffany & Co.
Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been the world's premier jeweler and America's house of design, and now has an eye toward sustainability and conservation. Register for stunning barware, serving pieces, stemware and other tabletop and home accents.
A premier specialty retailer of gourmet cookware and home furnishings. Enjoy expert in-store guidance, a thank you note manager and an unlimited 10% completion discount up to six months after your event, on anything in the store (there are over 250 nationwide).
Choose from over a million products available at Amazon.com plus you can add items to your registry from any other online store worldwide. Free shipping over $25 (some restrictions apply) and customer reviews to help you choose the best gifts.
Launched in May 2010 by theknot.com GiftRegistry360 allows couples to register at any retailer and combine all of the items on to one convenient registry list. The site's Link & Sync features lets couples already registered at multiple stores combine all of their registries into one list and the Add to GiftRegistry360 bookmarking tool makes it easy to add products to your wedding registry from any online store.
Register for items from any online store in the world and gather them all into one free registry that's easy to use and pretty to look at. Guests order from the appropriate site for each item; likewise, returns are made to each individual store.
This new online registry service allows couples to register for products and services at some of New York City's best businesses. The list of items available range from traditional to modern home items to honeymoons. Most vendors ship nationwide so you don't have to live in the big apple to register at NewlyWish.
With over 100,000 products from over 70 of the top U.S. merchants, this is truly a one-stop site. Unique gift categories include pet supplies, office products, software, musical instruments, car accessories, jewelry and groceries (great wishing well gifts).
Perfect for comparison shoppers. Wishpot will notify you when items go on sale or reach a target price, and allows you to compare prices among retailers. Guests can also band together to contribute small amounts toward large-ticket items.
Green and Greenback Registries
30. The Alternative Gift Registry
Request non-material gifts such as volunteer help with moving, handwritten family recipes, heirloom china, recycled crafts, lessons or free services. You can also add a link to your favorite charity or store.
Guests purchase WishCards which can be used as cash or online wherever Visa is accepted. Shop in their online mall for 30% cash-back on purchases, which can be deposited back onto your WishCard. Gift and charity registries also available.
32. A Great Affair
A cash registry allows you to register for anything – a hybrid car, a student loan payment, heels to wear on your wedding day. It's free to set up but there is a 7% service fee on all cash gifts received, which you can bill to yourself or to your guests.
33. Green Depot
Environmentally-friendly home wares and sustainable building products, like Anna Sova food paints or window insulating kits. All products are "filtered" before they enter the store so you can be sure you're registering for gifts that are truly green.
Shop for sustainable, modern designs by category including recycled, handcrafted, multi-functional and organic. A portion of all net profits from sales goes towards causes in support of the arts, community, and environment.
35. Disney's Honeymoon Registry
You've always dreamed of a fairy tale honeymoon; ask guests to contribute monetary gifts toward a variety of indulgences at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels or aboard a Disney Cruise Line® ship or at a Disney Vacation Club Resort.
This honeymoon registry provides suggested gift amounts for each tour or activity per person in your honeymoon destination and encourages you to book through one of their travel professionals for a trip that includes VIP amenities and benefits.
37. The Honeymoon
The original online honeymoon registry service. Browse their QuickClick® registries for easy templates to get your personalized registry started. You'll receive the total gift amount your guests have purchased by check.
38. Traveler's Joy
The official honeymoon registry partner of The Knot, Brides.com and the Wedding Channel with one of the lowest fees in the industry. Guests contribute toward the honeymoon of your dreams using a credit card; you'll get a bank check or direct transfer when you're ready to book.
39. Changing the Present
Ask for a gift that will bring positive change; an advisory board of over 125 non-profit leaders helps to clear the clutter on which charities to donate to for a myriad of causes worldwide including disaster relief and women's causes.
40. Heifer International
You want a sheep, llama, goat or water buffalo for your wedding-a gift that helps families in need around the world in the form of a Heifer International animal donation. Guests can make a full or partial donation toward any animal you choose.
41. The I Do Foundation
Register with one of their partner stores, such as Williams-Sonoma, and raise charitable contributions (up to 10% of gift purchases) at no cost to you or your guests each time a gift is purchased.
This database includes nearly 1.5 million (yes, million) charities; use the JustGive Guide to zero in on the causes closest to your hearts. You can even search by zip code for local charities, and designate how the charity you choose is to use your gift.
For the Home
Dress your home in modern eco-chic with anything from reusable cloth produce bags to cork chaise lounges to biodegradable tableware. These sustainable designs for responsibly-minded couples are all beautiful, functional and super gift-worthy.
44. The Product Gallery
Stainless steel serving pieces from Alessi alongside felt placemats, cedar cutting boards, linen pillows and gold glass champagne tumblers provide a snapshot of the home, tabletop and garden items hand-culled by stylist Lynn Butler Beling.
Register here for creative and eclectic items from around the world including a variety of handmade crafts and even wedding bands. Their Better to Give program sends a one-dollar donation to a non-profit of your choice with each order.
Wine, Art and "Experience" Registries
46 Bottlenotes Wine Registry
Wishing for a hand-selected portfolio of boutique global wines? Tasting notes, wine expert podcasts and an online community of knowledgeable enthusiasts distinguishes Bottlenotes' wine registry from all the rest.
47. Cloud9 Living
Choose from over 1,500 once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you and your fiancé can enjoy in 41 different cities worldwide starting at just $50. Think Lamborghini racing, private DJ lessons, or just a simple couples massage.
48. Give Artfully
Register for unique handmade crafts and artwork including ceramics, photography, letterpress paper goods, mixed media and textiles with 5% of all proceeds donated to a non-profit of your choice.
49. The Man Registry
Let's face it. Your man wants a professional poker chip set, a kegerator, a power drill and a GPS. He'll have a blast registering for all that and more at this wedding registry geared to grooms. Their groom 101 articles and groom vendor lists are great, too.
50. Vinoclassics Wine Registry
Start your own wine cellar with this registry organized into themed collections like organic, kosher and dessert wines, and receive a free wine album with tasting notes.