How Does a Gift Registry Work?

This tried-and-tested wedding tool can save guests and couples time and effort

By Alan Kirk

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A gift registry makes shopping for a wedding present easier. Guests can select gifts from a wish list provided by the bride and groom for a particular store. Shoppers need not get the list in advance; they can easily access it at the store where the couple is registered.


The bride and groom open a registry at a store, or multiple stores, and select items they would like as wedding gifts. They provide the names of the stores to their wedding guests. Guests can receive the registry list by providing the bride or groom's name at the store, or on the store's website. If the guest informs the salesclerk that the gift is from a registry, the clerk can update the list with what was purchased.


When creating a wedding registry list, the bride and groom can request multiples of the same item, such as glassware. This allows the guests to contribute toward a set of glassware without having to purchase the entire set.


A couple can register at one store that is part of a national chain, and their guests can visit any location of that chain to purchase gifts from the registry. In addition, guests save time because they do not have to contact the couple for gift ideas.


Traditional gift registries are for household items the couple will use after their wedding. A bride and groom might set up a honeymoon registry with a travel agent, where guests could contribute toward the couple's wedding trip. Other alternatives include making donations to a couple's favorite cause or organization.


If you can view your gift registry online, it can be very tempting to check on it before your wedding date. Doing this will ruin the surprise when opening your wedding gifts.

About the Author

Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications for several years and is a contributor to DexKnows.

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