An Effortless Wedding Registry Guide — From A To Z

Elizabeth Buxton

For those recently fiancé-d, it's time to buckle down and sharpen your wedding strategy knife set. If you're more of a DIYer, then the internet is your budget-friendly planner partner in crime. Aside from housing endless inspirationalPinterest boards, blogs, and books, it's also home to one major marriage component: the online registry.

Registries were created to streamline and organize the gifting process from guests to couples. Back in the day, this process was handled in-store. But, in 2020, it now thrives on the world-wide-web where specialized sites and beloved brands digitally handle everything for you — from list distribution to gift shopping, shipping, thank you cards, and even charity to honeymoon funds.

Navigating the great sea of online wedding sites can feel daunting, so we went ahead and created an A to Z guide (from Amazon to Zola) of the absolute best. Scroll ahead for the stylish and thoughtful sites that will help make your big milestone feel a little more effortless.

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Amazon


Best For: Prime-Member Couples
It's no secret that Amazon's Prime perks are unparalleled — and with its similarly unparalleled product variety, the site is a wedding-registry dream. Couples who already subscribe to the site's services are a shoo-in for the registry signup that includes one of the largest stock selection, 20% off gift completion coupons, fast (and free) shipping, and easy returns. The site's registry section also offers up landing pages organized from, "top brands and designers," to, "most-registered for gifts," to help get you started.Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.

Anthropologie


Best For: Couples Who Already Own The Basics
While an Anthro-registry won't put you in the market for bigger budget kitchen buys (like coffee makers and standing mixers), it will supply the non-starter couples with more specialized bespoke gifts — like a set of gold-speckled dinner plates or a tiled bath collection — with a 15% list completion discount to boot.

Bed Bath & Beyond


Best For: Couples Who Need The Basics
The big triple-B is a staple store for most all home essentials, so couples in need of everything will want to peep its registry. The benefits range from in-store list-perfecting consultants, 20% off completion discounts, price match promises, easy returns and exchanges, that can all be managed from an interactive and analytical app on your smartphone.Photo: Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond.

Blueprint Registry


Best For: Couples Who Want It ALL (But Curated)
Blueprint easily curates a stylish landing page for couples wanting gifts from a wide range of brands AND an option for honeymoon and cash funding — the sleek site also offers room-by-room shopping and an option to import existing registries. Unlike some of the other experiential gifting platforms, Blueprint is completely free to use with no credit card processor fees for the gifter or giftee.Photo: Courtesy of BluePrint.

Crate&Barrel


Best For: Couples Who Are Into The Classics
Crate&Barrel's registry has home classics covered cleanly with style and convenience — the site's service boasts a, "Thank You Manager," 10% off completion discount, free shipping, expert consultants, and an easy app to access and control it all with.Photo: Courtesy of Crate&Barrel.

Crowdrise


Best For: Charitable Couples
Crowdrise by GoFundMe creates registries that encourage wedding guests to give the gift of a donation to the charity of the couples' choosing.Photo: Courtesy of Crowdrise.

Etsy


Best For: Sustainable Couples
Couples who care about supporting small businesses can do so while also stocking up on bespoke registry pieces that are handmade by a seemingly endless lineup of unique sellers — all that's required for signup is creating an Etsy account, selecting a wedding date, and adding as many items to the gift registry as your heart desires.

Feather The Nest


Best For: The Nesting Couple
Instead of a honeymoon fund, Feather The Nest provides the service of a home fund that guests can contribute to as desired. The site allows couples to design a personal, "nest page," that describes their real estate dream with an attached fundraising goal and campaign length — all fee-free.Photo: Courtesy of Feather The Nest.

Honeyfund


Best For: Adventurous Couples
Touting itself as the, "most trusted honeymoon registry site," around, Honeyfund favors experiences over materials — couples can set up and customize, "Dream Banks," fee-free, where guests are able to contribute monetary gifts of their choosing to help fund the honeymoon adventure.Photo: Courtesy of Honeyfund.

Macy's


Best For: Star Rewards' Card-Holing Couples
Throw it back to traditional department store registries, but in 2019, with Macy's perk-filled gift-list service — the store offers a boatload of special newlywed discounts and deals, from 20% off goods and stylist appointments to free bonus gifts. The kicker? Couples who own a Macy's Star Rewards' card will get 10% back on every eligible purchase made and 5% back on every gift received.Photo: Courtesy of Macy's.

Slowdance


Best For: Luxurious Couples
Started by long-time wedding expert and luxe-homeware designer, Jung Lee, Slowdance is a premium service that matches couples with their own personal registry curator who handpicks items from an exclusive collection of artisan-made goods. After taking a short but comprehensive style quiz, the chic site analyzes each couples' taste and lifestyle results to select unique essentials from a range of emerging luxury brands. Additionally, Slowdance provides couples with 15% off completion discounts for up to one year after their wedding date.Photo: Courtesy of Slowdance.

Snowe


Best For: Couples Who Live To Entertain
Snowe's registry makes hostess with the mostess couple's dreams come true by enabling the betrothed to build a stylish foundation of quality home essentials with premium crafted direct-to-consumer goods — from dinnerware to glassware, plush bath accessories, bedding, and more. After setting up a profile, couples are free to create their registry (with the help of an expert guide) and can opt to receive gifts immediately or put them on hold until up to a year after the wedding date. Benefits also include a 15% post-nuptial discount, free returns and exchanges, along with complementary gift wrapping.Photo: Courtesy of Snowe Home.

Target


Best For: Target-Loving Couples (Who Also Want A Honeyfund)
Target's wedding registry benefits — aside from killer home goods and even more major kitchen essentials — range from easy exchanges and returns to a 15% completion discount and the option to incorporate a newlywed fund contribution gift.Photo: Courtesy of Target.

Thankful


Best For: Couples Who Want To Show Some Love
Thankful is a service that does just as its name suggests; demonstrates personalized appreciation through every step of a registry process. The company's overall goal is not only to eliminate impersonal, materialistic feelings from the gift-buying tradition but also to promote a greater good with fundraising and awareness efforts towards global issues of childhood marriage. Couples who register for Thankful's service will have access to an all-inclusive mix of traditional to experiential gifts, honeymoon funds, and charity donations for a one-time $30 enrollment fee.

Wayfair


Best For: Couples Who Love A Good Deal
Wayfair boasts a wedding registry that's somehow even better than the daily mega home sales it hosts. The site provides couples with free shipping and returns, 10% off completion discounts, group gifting and checklists, and on-call registry specialists — meaning your guests can get the best buys, from Le Creuset to KitchenAid, for a good steal.Photo: Courtesy of Wayfair.

Zola


Best For: The Ultimate Wedding Couple
Zola is the big kahuna of wedding planning — this stylish site does it all with invites, wedding websites, digital checklists, guest lists, and, of course, registries. Couples can register to have a curated mix of products from their favorite brands, travel packages, and cash funds packaged together and seamlessly distributed. The benefits range from free shipping to returns and wedding websites, 20% off completion coupons, price matching, group gifting, and on-call (or email) registry advisors.Photo: Courtesy of Zola.

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