There are so many registry options for Brides and Grooms these days, it’s hard to know what to choose. Start by thinking about what you may need in the next 12 months, such as homewares or furniture, walk through each room in your house, including outdoors and think about what you’d love. Think about what you may be doing in the next 12 months, like travel, buying a new home, moving interstate/overseas and take these into account.
Shop around and compare different registries to find one thats suits your needs and wants. Register your list a few weeks before you send out your invitations and choose gifts at different price points so there is something to suit everyone’s budget. Get your groom involved in the gift choosing process, this helps to ensure the registry is couple orientated.
Types of Registries
Traditional Gift Registry
These are still popular and I think many guests still like the idea of ‘shopping’ for your wedding gift. Pioneered by Myer and David Jones, these are particularly suited to those who want to stock up on homewares and essentials like bed linen, appliances, luggage or even a Nespresso machine.
These registries are like asking for cash in less confrontational way and are an online version of the Wishing well where guests dropped a cash filled envelope or card into the wishing well or box through to more traditional practices like pinning money on the bride’s dress! I think with these registries, it’s also nice to offer a small registry with a list of gifts for your more traditional guests, and this could be through a department store on online, such as via Wedding Gifts Direct. Wedding List Co. conveniently offer a contribution part to their registry which can be set up with a gift list.
The most popular contribution style registry is the honeymoon registry. Many brides and grooms are leaving their honeymoons until weeks and months after the wedding, so this becomes a fantastic option to help make it more special. Travel agencies like Harvey World Travel and Jetset offer registries, but you usually still need to pay for your honeymoon upfront. Make sure you obtain the specific details of how it will work, and whether you receive a list of guest names who contributed.
With the level of personalisation that goes into modern weddings these days, the gift registry has not been immune to couples wanting a unique gift option for their special day. Charity organisations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation and World Vision have registry options to help raise funds, as do recent additions Karma Currency and Everyday Hero. Some couples may choose a charity close to their heart, they may have lost a loved one due to an illness and supporting a related charity can be a wonderful way to contribute and remember.
Some couples are seeking out art dealers who offer wedding registry options to help adorn those bare walls. Don’t be afraid to approach your favourite artist to discuss other options though, such as gift vouchers.
With our focus turning to the environment and sustainable living and the massive eco wedding trend, eco gifts are fantastic way for couples to show their earth love and share some feel good factor. My favourite is Bio Me who offer a range of beautiful products including gorgeous cheese boards.
Things to Consider when choosing a registry:
- How easy is it for your guests to purchase, for example is the field to enter a registry name or number on the homepage of the registry website
- What are the purchasing options for guests, online, phone, etc
- What are the payment options for guests
- Access for overseas/interstate guests
- Do you want physical gifts or a contribution registry or both
- Costs to register and for guests to view your registry list
- Costs to you the host couple
- Costs to your guests – this is often where a fee and/or % is charged
- Costs for postage and handling
- Costs for cards and wrapping
- Risk of duplicate items
- Offers and Promotions for registering
- Not uncommon to choose multiple registries
- Don’t choose more than 3, this may cause confusion and look a little self indulgent
- Consider choosing some items that you could keep for a long time and eventually pass on to your family
Online Gifts & Contributions:
ourwishingwell.com (see overview below)
notanothertoaster.com – charge $150 flat fee
Pay for the entire honeymoon upfront and then you are refunded the amount given to you by your guests. Each guest is given a small card to give you showing they had made a contribution (without the amount). You do not receive a cost breakdown of each gift contribution.
escapetravel.com.au – in store or online gift vouchers
nbcf.org.au – National Breast Cancer Foundation
Eco and Health:
Check out these Gift List Trends over at Easy Weddings for more ideas.