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How to Register for Your Wedding

Posted May 14, 2013 | 38 Comments

Brides: if you’re wondering how to register for your wedding, you’ve come to the right place! It’s National Registry Month and we’re celebrating the best way we know how: with a post on how to register for your wedding, a few do’s and don’t’s, ideas on where to register, registry mistakes to avoid, and a FREE printable wedding registry checklist to help you get started! PLUS, you can win a beautiful prize from the folks at Corelle®! What could it be? Scroll down to find out… and tell us where you’ll register for your wedding!

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How to Register for Your Wedding

1. Give yourself plenty of time to register.

It is best to register for your wedding about 2-3 months before your shower. If you register too early, your items may be discontinued or, like seasonal items, may no longer be in stock.

2. Register for your wedding at two favorite stores.

It’s helpful to register at two stores to ensure easy accessibility for all guests. Also, I wouldn’t recommend registering at more than two stores. While most registries are also available online, some guests prefer to see the item in person before having it shipped online. Some popular stores that offer a wedding registry include Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, and, the belle of the ball – Bed Bath & Beyond. (I think every wedding I’ve ever attended had a registry at Bed Bath & Beyond.) Plus, stores now offer a registry list online so you can maintain, add, remove, and see what guests have purchased. If you want to be surprised, I recommend you skip making a log-in altogether. ;) In addition, consider some wedding registry alternatives (if you’d like) like Amazon. You know we’re crazy about the Wish List at Amazon (I even use it myself!) and we love it because you sign up, add the toolbar to your browser, and you can register for ANYTHING. Even handmade! It’s a dream.

3. How to Register

Registering for your wedding is easy! Just visit your favorite store, let a store clerk know you’re there to register for your wedding, and he or she will give you what you need to get started. Then, you just grab that bar code gun and scan, scan away! (It’s quite fun.) Bed Bath and Beyond even has a ‘registry’ section in the back of the store where they’ll help you pick out items, give you tips to help you get started, and even walk around the store with you to help register (if you wish). When my husband and I registered, it took us longer than we thought but BB&B let us finish while they closed the store and restocked the shelves. :) It’s fun to use the scan gun. Just try it and you’ll soon be addicted.

4. Register for your wedding TOGETHER.

I can’t stress this enough: registering for your wedding as a couple is so important. You should be getting used to making decisions together and registering is a great place to start. Plus, you’ll get to pick out some really fun items you’ll use together, like camping gear, kitchen gadgets, or that sweet Keurig maker you’ve been eying all year.

5. Register on a weekday.

If you have a weeknight available to register for your wedding, I recommend it versus a Saturday afternoon. Stores are much busier on the weekend and stores can get pretty packed. If you want a relaxing and fun experience, a weekday registry may be your best bet. If possible, register over the course of a few days, too, so you don’t get tired and overly hungry. My husband and I registered at Bed Bath and Beyond and Target over the course of a few days, and when one of us got tired we called it. The first trip was largely to see what was there, and the second trip was to register for the things we wanted. It was fun… we pretty much made a date night of it.

6. Make sure you register for enough stuff!

Be sure to register for enough items so your guests have plenty to choose from; also, be sure you have a few items from all categories including low-, medium-, and high-end. Don’t fill your registry with exclusively pricey items, and, similarly, don’t skip out on those luxury items (given that you genuinely want and will use them). If you don’t get something you wanted, use any gift cards toward the purchase.

7. Don’t go overboard.

If you won’t use it, skip it. It will only clutter your cabinet. For instance, should you register for fine china? If you’ve always wanted it and plan to actually use it, then yes. However, I did not register for china and I don’t regret it. We knew we wouldn’t use it enough to warrant adding it to the registry, and I’ve never dreamed of owning china. Plus, we don’t need to store it or worry about breaking it. This scenario works for us, but you know best what will work for you. And, don’t register for something only to return it later for store credit. It’s tacky.

8. Don’t mention the stores at which you’re registered on your wedding invitation.

Your wedding registry should not be mentioned anywhere on your wedding invitation; the only place it should appear is on a card enclosed with your bridal shower invitation.

9. Don’t ask for cash.

Pam Beasley, take note: asking for cash is taboo. Want cash for something specific? Use a less-awkward alternative like Wedding Republic or Deposit a Gift, both of which allow you to register for non-store-bought items (like your honeymoon).

10. Savor the moment.

Man, oh man. Registering for your wedding might be one of the most fun things ever. Savor it. There are few times in your life when you go to your favorite store and physically scan the items to tell people you want them to BUY IT FOR YOU. Plus, you get to select items that you’ll enjoy together for years to come. It doesn’t get much better than that!

FREE Wedding Registry Checklist

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To help you when you register for your wedding, we’ve compiled a FREE wedding registry checklist to take with you! Your list may vary, but this list is chock-full of essentials for bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and dining. You can download it here.

Wedding Registry Event – TONIGHT!

New York brides, check out this event going on tonight brought to you by The Knot and Corelle (they’re having an awesome giveaway right now where you can win your registry!). This event is FREE!

When: Today – May 14, 2013, 4pm to 7pm EST
Where: 620 Loft & Garden | 620 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Cost: FREE! (Register here)

Win a Corelle Dish Set!

Want to win a FREE Corelle® dish set? You can enter to win for four days only! Enter today, May 14 through Friday, May 17th, 2013 (11:59pm EST) using the entry form below. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and will win one (1) set shown below. Winner may select between ‘Swept’ or ‘Cherish’.

How to Register for Your Wedding - Corelle Dish Set Giveaway

Check back here on May 18th at 12am EST and you’ll see the winner’s name posted! Winner will also be contacted via email.

Good Luck!


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38 Responses to “How to Register for Your Wedding”

  1. Michelle
    May 14th, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I would get the swept

  2. Michelle
    May 14th, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I can’t wait to registered for canning jars!1

  3. Michelle
    May 14th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    I’m planning on target and Macy’s!

  4. Emma@EmmalineBride
    May 14th, 2013 @ 3:48 pm


    I love the ‘Swept’, too! And, I loved registering at Target. It was such a blast. Then again, when is Target not fun? ;)


  5. Morgan Bailey
    May 14th, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    I would get the swept!

  6. Mary-Liz
    May 14th, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    And for all of you handmade/handcrafted loving brides out there be sure to check with local craft galleries and home good stores to see if they offer registry options! Lots of them do, but the resource goes underused. If you’re not into the big box thing check with the owner of a local boutique I bet you’ll be amazed at what you find.

  7. Emma@EmmalineBride
    May 14th, 2013 @ 10:01 pm


    Great advice! We’d love to see more couples utilizing handmade options for their registry. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!


  8. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev)
    May 14th, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

    Swept is my pick. Thanks for the registry tips!

  9. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev)
    May 14th, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    We registered at BB+B (of course!), Sur la Table and at MyRegistry.com (they combine ALL your registries and also let you register for anything like Amazon does.)

  10. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev)
    May 14th, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    I’m so glad I) registered for a new Kitchenaid mixer – mine died right before Xmas and I miss it so much!!!

  11. Emma@EmmalineBride
    May 15th, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    Hi Crystal!

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, BB+B is a favorite, Sur la Table is great and MyRegistry.com is a good pick, too! Thanks for adding that info about combining all of the registries. That’s such a smart idea. Anything to make things more organized, that’s for sure!

    Good luck on the giveaway. Thanks so much for stopping by!


  12. Justyne
    May 15th, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    I can’t wait to register for a Kitchenaid mixer!

  13. Michelle
    May 15th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I would get Swept

  14. Michelle
    May 15th, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I’m still debating I think 2 places is enough, but if I added a third it would be BB+B

  15. Michelle
    May 15th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I have always dreamed about registering since I was little and the thing I always wanted was a cute picnic set!

  16. Emma@EmmalineBride
    May 15th, 2013 @ 11:40 am


    What a great idea! Don’t forget the gingham red-and-white tablecloth. :) Have fun!


  17. Emma@EmmalineBride
    May 15th, 2013 @ 11:43 am


    I think that’s one of the most popular registry items for sure… and a great appliance to have! I hope you get it!


  18. Justyne M
    May 15th, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    I like Cherish best

  19. Justyne M
    May 15th, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    I plan on registering at Target and Macy’s

  20. Marnay
    May 16th, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I love the Swept Corelle® set. These would be perfect for a dinner party with friends, or even just a home cooked meal with my fiancé!

  21. Marnay
    May 16th, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    We have registered online at the Honeyfund to help pay for our honeymoon. We also plan to register at Bed Bath & Beyond to get some fun kitchen appliances!

  22. Marnay
    May 16th, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    I can’t wait to register for fun kitchen accessories to help give some character to our kitchen! I would love new dishes and some fancy knives!

  23. Sarah
    May 16th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Thank you so much for his post! I went to a wedding last summer where they specifically asked for cash towards their honeymoon and even had a sign on the designated gift table that read “Honeymoon Funds.” Oh, I was not impressed. Anyway, I want to register at Target. I thought I saw somewhere that Etsy had a registry? Anyone know? PS I like the Cherish set :)

  24. Emma@EmmalineBride
    May 16th, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    Wow, that’s crazy! I would not be impressed either. :) Ah, Target… that’s a great place to register! And, the Cherish set is my fave, too. Good luck! Thanks so much for stopping by!


  25. Jessica B.
    May 16th, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    loving the square simple stretch!

  26. Jessica B.
    May 16th, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    I registered at Crate and Barrel, Target and Kohls. So excited!

  27. Jessica B.
    May 16th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    I’m so glad I registered for a Corelle dish set! My best friend swears by it!

  28. Sarah McClure
    May 17th, 2013 @ 1:43 am

    I would choose Cherish because it is old fashioned and modern at the same time!

  29. Sarah McClure
    May 17th, 2013 @ 1:46 am

    I will register at Target and probably one other store, Lowes most likely

  30. Allie
    May 17th, 2013 @ 3:16 am

    Love Cherish!

  31. Allie
    May 17th, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    I would register at Target for sure.

  32. Allie
    May 17th, 2013 @ 3:18 am

    I can’t wait to register for new bedding.

  33. Michelle
    May 17th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    I am registering at Target!

  34. Michelle
    May 17th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    I will remember that table cloth ;)

  35. Michelle
    May 17th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Just love the swept. I’ll have to register for them if I don’t win.

  36. Marnay
    May 17th, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    We lvoe the Swept Corelle® set. These would be perfect for a dinner party with friends, or even just a home cooked meal with my fiancé!

  37. Marnay
    May 17th, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    We plan to register at Bed Bath & Beyond to get some fun kitchen appliances! We also have registered online at the Honeyfund to help pay for our honeymoon.

  38. Marnay
    May 17th, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I can’t wait to register for stylish kitchen accessories to help give some character to our kitchen! I would love new dishes and some fancy knives!

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