Wedding Planning

Gift Registry Basics You Need to Know

Get tips for building a classic wedding registry.

While some modern couples go an alternative route and opt for something like a travel or charity registry, many still stick with the traditional choice: a classic gift registry. Just because they’re tried and true, though, doesn’t mean they’re easy to build. When it comes to gift registries, it’s all about balance. You want to make sure that yours is easy to buy from, respectful of guests’ budgets, and well-organized. Here are a few helpful tips to make that happen.


Register for a wide variety of items.

Don’t be afraid to break out of the towels and linens box. Register for items that not only reflect what your home will need, but also what your hobbies and interests are. So, along with those washcloths and napkin rings, consider including the latest video game you’ve been dying to play together. 

Keep prices in mind.

You need to make sure that your registry ALWAYS has a price point available for everyone. Check in regularly with your registry, and if the lowest price items are already fulfilled, add a few more.

Don’t over-register.

There’s no limit to how much a couple can register for, or how many places they can register from. But let’s be reasonable, okay? Your guests won’t appreciate a 20-page registry printing out at the department store kiosk. Also, having eight separate registries can leave guests more confused than anything else. Additionally, pick places to register that are easy to shop online from or are located near the majority of the guests.

You don’t need to register for gift cards.

Yes, many people consider it perfectly acceptable, but avoid any possible offense and leave certificates off the registry. If a guest can’t decide what to get you, they can figure out for themselves that a gift card would make sense, without your prompting.