Unique Wedding Registries


by Lisa

Unique Registry Options

Registering was one of those tasks that I really did not enjoy when I was getting married - all those years ago. It was tedious to go out to stores, fight crowds, and use that gun - which half the time did not work. Also, you were limited as to the stuff you could register for. For instance, I registered at Macy’s and Williams Sonoma. Although there were lots of choice, you could only register for items at those two specific stores. You had to pick something that they carried (either in the store or online). In this day and age there are so many cool options. If you know what you want, you can even register without leaving the privacy of your own home. I would like to share these alternatives with you.

There are two online sites in which couples’ can create universal registries - http://www.amazon.com is one of those sites. I don’t know about you, but just about everyone I know has an Amazon.com account. Amazon.com is my go to place for just about everything. If you don’t have an account, check them out. The site is really easy to navigate, and it’s even easier to set up an account. Once you have your account, you can download a widget to place on your toolbar by going to the wedding registry and downloading the universal button. From there, you can go to any site to add items to your amazon.com registry. You can still add items from Macy’s and Williams Sonoma, but you can also add items from other places - no matter how rare and obscure. It’s that easy.

Another such registry is http://www.wishpot.com. Like amazon.com, the site is really easy to sign up and navigate. Like Amazon, you download a widget to the toolbar and you can add items anywhere on the web. Unlike Amazon, Wishpot is more “wedding” oriented. You can search for and find local wedding vendors in their resource directory. It’s also a social networking site in which you can friend people who are also signed up in the wishpot.com network.

The great thing about both of these two sites, is you can also create other registries - such as birthday, holiday, and anniversary. You can have all your lists in one place - so one username and password does it all! What’s better than that?

For those of you that already have an established home or are combining two homes and you do not need the “traditional” registry stuff, think about honeymoon or donation registries. There are tons out there, but http://www.honeymoonwishes.com and www.idofoundation.org are just two such sites. They are really easy to set up - and you just give your guests the information - like you would for any other registry.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.

Have fun!

Lisa Nelson is a longtime member of African-AmericanBrides.com and the owner of Elegant Event Design.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

We were very frustrated by the limited choices with specific stores and got even more pissed to learn that Macy's online registy doesn't even work when you try to add things!!! Their website is really horrible and user unfriendly so they've just lost our business.

We chose Amazon for our upcoming wedding for all the reasons you mentioned. Its also important to note that Amazon (unlike most other registries) accepts international credit cards! This was very important to us since we have many guests internationally who can easily order online and have items shipped to us directly.

Great post!

brandon said...

The Wall Street Journal and Frommer's Travel recently published a honeymoon registry review article. I'll let the articles speak for themselves!

Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121020123458375115.html

Frommers:
http://www.frommers.com/trip_ideas/honeymoon/article.cfm?ideaID=HONEYMOON&articleid=6402&t=Travel%20Gift%20Registries%3A%20Giving%20the%20Ultimate%20Wedding%20Present

It is great to see how popular the honeymoon registry is becoming. When Traveler's Joy first started accepting Members over six years ago, we realized there were a large number of engaged couples that were not satisfied with the diversity of the traditional wedding registry market. Since then, the honeymoon registry has become a mainstream option for brides and grooms and the industry has experienced significant growth.

We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of couples honeymoon at destinations they may never have considered - a great feeling for everyone at Traveler's Joy.

I encourage you to contact us with any questions about our service. Most importantly, enjoy your honeymoon!

Best Regards,

Brandon Warner
President & Co-founder
Traveler's Joy Honeymoon Registry
Traveler's Joy, Inc.
www.travelersjoy.com

*Honeymoon Registry Partner with WeddingChannel.com, The Knot, and OurWeddingDay.com*

Dana Ostomel said...

Hi,

I am Dana Ostomel, and I love that you are endorsing alternative wedding registries! I recently launched Deposit a Gift, a cash gift registry service that does everything in one that the individual services you mentioned above do. Deposit a Gift makes it possible for you to register for your honeymoon, a new home down payment, a kitchen remodel, a charity or a combination of any of these things. With us, you have options and you can register for anything you can think of.

The registry looks and functions just like a traditional department store registry-- easy for you and your guests. Check out our Samples to get a sense for the possibilities and then watch the Video Demos to see the site in action.
-SAMPLES: http://www.depositagift.com/sampleRegistries
-VIDEO DEMOS: http://www.depositagift.com/demos

We were just selected by TRUSTe as one of their most trusted clients for our easy user interface and high level of customer service. RecessionWire.com just gave us a big thumbs up last week: https://www.depositagift.com/press

Feel free to email me directly for personal help setting-up your registry or just to answer any questions: dana@depositagift.com I have done it for many brides and grooms and would be happy to do it for you!

Cheers to you and many happy occasions!
Dana Ostomel
Founder and Chief Gifting Officer
www.DepositAGift.com
https://www.depositagift.com/our_founder_dana_ostomel

ExQuisite InVitation said...

Registries for HoneyMoon's are FAB!

My all time Fave is Wishpot...

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