December 4, 2022

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If you found this post, I’m gonna guess you’re a bride- or groom-to-be who needs some serious wedding registry advice. Well, good news: You’ve come to the right place (and the right people, if I do say so myself). As a shopping editor, I know it’s not just about what you buy, but where you buy it from that makes all the difference for you and your guests—which is why I’ve rounded up the best places to register for a wedding in 2022.

From convenient retailers like Amazon and one-stop-shops for all things weddings like Zola to department stores with traditional gifts like Bloomingdale’s, Williams Sonoma, and Neiman Marcus, the list below has something for every couple and budget. So whether you’re looking to set up a honeymoon fund, furnish your dream home, or add unique wedding gifts to your list, registry services at the retailers below will make it happen (without making you want to pull your hair out).

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CB2

Chiaro Clear Bar Stools Black

  • Modern and stylish designs
  • Wedding registry page might be hard to navigate

If you’ve got a very specific taste (or can’t stand being gifted random AF items you’ll probably never use) make sure to register at a retailer that has a super curated collection and a distinct aesthetic. And for modern and chic home furnishings, there’s no better option than CB2.

West Elm

Estelle Colored Glass Rocks Glass

  • Has an in-house design crew to help you every step of the way
  • Does not have shoppable edits or wedding registry inspiration lists

There’s a reason West Elm is a favorite amongst interior design enthusiasts. The clean, midcentury-meets-modern aesthetic of its kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom items is unmatched. Enjoy this, plus curated edits to help you get inspired, and one-on-one sessions with West Elm experts when you register here.

Sur La Table

Sur La Table White Marble Mortars & Pestle

  • Luxurious selection of kitchen tools and accessories

If you and your future spouse are big home chefs (or you’re trying to be) build a registry at this trendy retailer that offers upscale cooking and dining supplies.

Zola

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

  • Less curated selection
  • Can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you want

This popular site is a one-stop-shop for all things weddings. Seriously. It allows you to create a registry with anything from any store, including gift cards for airfare, home improvements, food, and wine. You can also set up a custom cash fund to help pay for your honeymoon (because gifting an experience is ~elite~, am I right?).

Etsy

LLDgiftsByLaurenLash Marble & Gold Cheese Board

  • Most items are customizable
  • Supports small business owners
  • Shipping can be hit or miss

If you and your spouse want to fill your new spot with handmade, one-of-a-kind items, registering at Etsy is the best way to start. Since many items are customizable, Etsy allows you to add a note for the seller, so your wedding guests can simply “add to cart” when they find something they love.

MyRegistry

Wedgwood Arris Two-Tier Cake Stand

  • Has a mobile app
  • Browsing tools for adding gifts is straightforward and easy to use
  • 5% handling fee will be deducted from transactions made through cash gift funds

MyRegistry is another service that allows couples to have everything in one place (you can even import registries from other stores to add them to the universal one!). This site also has a mobile app, so if you see something you love, just scan the barcode with your smartphone and it’ll automatically be added to your wish list. And our favorite part? MyRegistry gives couples the option to tastefully register for cash with a cash gift fund or add a charity to your list, so guests can support a cause you care about.

Neiman Marcus

Boheme Fragrances Goa Scented Candle

  • Registry service includes help with honeymoon planning
  • Fewer stores for in-person shopping

In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with wanting nice things—it’s your freaking wedding, after all! If you agree, register at the luxury department store so you can add items like these candles, Arte Italica Guilietta Flower Napkins, and Jonathan Adler Brighton Fringe Pillows to your gift list. You’ll also get a free gift package, $100 off any $400 Neiman Marcus online purchase, expert assistance with proposal, honeymoon, destination wedding reservations, and more. J’adore!

Crate & Barrel

Natural Full/Queen Hemp Duvet Cover

  • Free shipping on items over $49
  • Doesn’t include expert consultations

If Crate & Barrel’s ~stunning~ gift registry lookbook doesn’t convince you to sign up, the retailer’s list of real registries from couples just like you probably will! The site also offers a printable (and very organized) checklist of must-have products, plus expert recommendations of how many you’ll need of each.

Walmart

BEAUTYPEAK Arched Full Length Floor Mirror

  • Over 4,500 in-store locations
  • Has a tech department
  • Decor items are less sophisticated

You know and love Walmart for being the one place you can count on to have what you need when you need it. From home decor and furniture to organizers and tech necessities, what doesn’t that place carry?! Plus, they’ve got over 4,500 locations across the country for wedding guests who prefer to test drive a product IRL instead of just purchasing it online.

Joy

Nespresso Vertuo Espresso & Coffee Machine

  • Provides wedding website templates as well
  • Has a free online RSVP feature
  • Not as useful for couples who don’t know what they want, as gift possibilities are endless

This all-in-one service offers design templates for your wedding website, save the dates, and invitations, in addition to a section that allows you to build a registry with any gifts from any store. Despite having SO many features, Joy is super straightforward and easy to navigate.

Pottery Barn

Mason Stoneware 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

  • Features a shoppable wedding registry edit
  • Has curated under-$50 and under-$100 gift lists
  • Not much variety in terms of aesthetics

Don’t! Sleep! On! Pottery Barn! With timeless, high-quality designs, sustainable products, and curated registry edits for every type of bride, this retailer makes the process seamless and stress-free. What’s more, Pottery Barn just launched a home collection with famed wedding dress designer Monique Lhuillier, and (spoiler alert) you’ll want to add every single piece to your registry.

Bloomingdale’s

Zadro Ultra Large Luxury Towel Warmer

  • Includes a thank you card manager
  • Lots of “bonus gifts” before and after the wedding

Bloomingdale’s wedding registry section has everything you’d expect from a luxury department store, including a wide selection of exclusive styles, registry consultants to help every step of the way, a printable checklist, and a thank you card manager. Before tying the knot, couples can enjoy in-store perks like relaxing spa days, lingerie fittings, and men’s styling events. Oh, AND you’ll get 20% off dresses, suiting, intimates, and more when you register at Bloomingdale’s. I meannnn, I’m not getting married just yet but, sign me up…?

Williams Sonoma

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature French Oven

  • Includes a downloadable “registry checklist” so you don’t forget anything
  • The home decor section is pretty limited

If you really want a personalized, in-store wedding registry experience, you’ll definitely want to register at Williams Sonoma. The kitchen and home furnishings retailer invites couples into the store for a VIP experience that includes a private tour, expert consultations, registry help, and complimentary demos. Sounds pretty nice, huh?

Bed Bath & Beyond

Luigi Bormioli Crescendo Martini Glasses (Set of 4)

  • Seasonal gift offerings and exclusive discounts when you register
  • Has plenty of inspiration pages and look books
  • Luxury selection is limited

Another popular option for wedding registries, Bed Bath & Beyond 0ffers tons of perks, including group gifting, free shipping, bonus wedding gifts, 20% off after your nuptials, annnnd—wait for it—365-day returns and exchanges!

Amazon

Justina Blakeney Hypnotic Throw

  • Fast shipping on most items
  • Robust product reviews section
  • Some products don’t feel special or personalized enough for a wedding gift

Did you really think we’d leave Amazon off this list? I meannnn, c’mon, it’s got everything you could possibly need during the honeymoon phase and everything that comes after. And of course, your not-so-organized guests will love that there’s free two-day shipping on select items.

Food52

Farmhouse Pottery Measuring Spoon Set

  • Includes gift tracking information
  • Website is easy to browse
  • Doesn’t carry big appliances

Described as a “gathering place for everyone who believes the kitchen is at the heart of the home,” Food52 is the ultimate destination for kitchen accessories like these cute measuring spoons. It’s also got small appliances, cozy blankets and bedding, and even a few outdoor items for your new patio. Navigating the site is easy and, when you register, all wedding gift information will live on one easy-to-navigate page. Oh, and Food52 offers a 10% discount off most purchases for six months after your wedding day!

Macy’s

Delsey Chatelet Air 2.0 21″ Large Carry-On Spinner

  • Wide range of price points
  • Couples can earn rewards dollars for receiving their wedding gifts

If you don’t even know where to start, Macy’s is here to help. The department store features inspiration pages and online guides so you can create your ~perfect~ wedding registry, as well as one-on-one appointments with celebrations consultants to curate a list you’ll love. Couples who register at Macy’s will earn free rewards, plenty of newlywed discounts, and 25% off select products across all departments.

Wayfair

Andover Mills Petrone Combo Laundry Center

  • Has a group gifting feature
  • Extended return period for registry items
  • Doesn’t carry very many name brands

With a huuuuge selection of furniture, bedding, decor, organizers, kitchen accessories, and more (if you can believe it) to choose from, registering at Wayfair is ideal for couples who have a wide range of wants and needs. Additional benefits of registering here? Checklist and gift tracker tools, free returns for 90 days, a 20% completion discount for any unpurchased gifts, and a group gifting feature for big-ticket items.

How many wedding registries should you have?

Couples traditionally have three to four different registries depending on the size of the wedding. This ensures there’s plenty for guests to choose from at various price points. Trust: It’s better to have a few items leftover than a super small list that’s completely picked through by the time the last guests go to purchase something.

Keep in mind that the days of in-person shopping and walking around department stores with a literal scanner are long gone—and keeping tracking of three or four different tabs on digital gift lists can be a pain—which is why websites that allow you to combine registries, like Zola, are so popular.

Where do you put your wedding registry?

You can put your wedding registry on your wedding website so guests can shop efficiently and refer back to it at any time. Easy enough, right? It’s also customary to include registry details on your save the date and bridal shower invitations (so basically, it’ll be impossible for your friends and family to forget a gift—because you deserve to be spoiled).

How to choose the best place to register for your wedding

Consider your guests

While this is your wedding, you should sorta kinda think of your friends and family when building the registry. Make sure to include a good mix of gifts that can be purchased and/or picked up in person and online from easy-to-navigate websites (aka the ones on this list), as well as a wide range of price points. FYI it’s totally okay to add a few high-ticket items, but try to choose gifts that fall between $50 and $200 for the most part.

Decide if you want traditional wedding gifts or a cash fund

Cash funds to go towards a honeymoon, the couple’s first home, or even their favorite charity are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to all-in-one wedding registry websites that have made giving $$$ less, uh, tacky, for lack of a better word. If receiving an experience from your friends and family sounds like a dream come true, consider registering at Zola, Joy, or MyRegistry. On the contrary, if you like the idea of unwrapping traditional wedding gifts like fine china or a beautiful silverware set, stick to the classics like Bloomingdale’s or Neiman Marcus.

Hanna Flanagan is the associate shopping editor at Cosmopolitan with four years of experience researching, writing, and editing stories that range from the best high-waisted jeans for women to Bridgerton season 2 lingerie dupes. She’s an authority in all fashion and lifestyle categories who regularly tests and analyzes products while working with the industry’s top design experts to assess new launches and spot trends.

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