Reader question: Hip registry options…


Julia from Washington had a great question about registries that I thought could be helpful to you all….feel free to chime in with your own suggestions!

Q: I had a question that I thought you might be able to help me with. I keep getting asked (ok, pressured) by folks about our “registry.” Personally, I keep avoiding even thinking about it because, to me, a registry conjures up images of mass produced cookie cutter crap. There are quite a few more design oriented places with websites that I like (e.g., Rose and Radish, Unica Home, Vivi, Velocity Art & Design) but I only seem to like a few items here and there and we would end up registering at like ten places. Any ideas about a place or two we could register that would have more design conscious options?

A: I had this same problem when trying to find places to register…Chad and I looked everywhere for cool sites and came up with 4 that worked for our tastes. I know some sites, especially Unicahome, will accommodate special requests for items they don’t carry, and will have them especially for your registry.

A great option is to use a general registry place, like Felicite, My Registry or Wishlist and register at any stores you choose [including etsy!]…all your items will end up on one registry….I would read the fine print at these types of sites though…some may have added charges for your giftgivers.

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7 Comments to “Reader question: Hip registry options…”

  1. Blue Orchid Designs Says:

    this isn’t a registry for dishware or the like, but I fully plan on registering at REI when I get married. :)

  2. perfect bound Says:

    We attempted our first registry trip last weekend and it was less than the thrill I imagined. I thought I would psych Tom up first by taking him to Sears to register for tool sets and jig saws but the staff was less than helpful and we ended up getting coffee instead! Crate and Barrel wasn’t much different. Less than helpful staff and dissapointing choices. I love C&B in theory but in actuality, not so much. We ended up registering for about a handful of wine and martini glasses and then got cocktains instead! I thought about registering on Amazon since they grab brand names from everywhere but that sounds so unromantic.

  3. Oh Happy Blog! Says:

    I have to agree that the general registry sites out there are the best way to go… and they can still be very personal… as sites like “My Registry” allow you to add a personalized caption. I’ve had brides tell a little story about how they always loose their keys and how Mr. Such and Such would be oh-so-very thankful to have this darling side table to collect such items in their new home…. plus it allows you to add items from stores that do NOT have registries. Link it straight to your wedding website and it avoids that whole “We’re registered at http://www.suchandsuch.com“…

    Best of luck to all those brides out there and should the registry thing be too much to handle, you can always register with the IDO Foundation and avoid the nasty salespeople all together!

  4. Tara Says:

    We’ve been avoiding the registry process too. But when the day comes, I’m a huuuuuge fan of a site called The Alternative Gift Registry (http://www.alternativegiftregistry.org). It’s basically just a platform for you to list what you’d like to receive and for people to mark things off as “sent” to signal others. You can link to anything on the Web, describe something in a non-Web boutique, request handmade items, even ask for completely non-tangible goods like help with a project or sentimental goods like favorite recipes.

    The site was started by a great non-profit called The Center for a New American Dream (http://www.newdream.org), which supports sustainable goods and a less-commercial lifestyle. So the sample registry definitely emphasizes the eco-friendly and non-commercial. But you can use the registry for ANYTHING, whether or not you want to follow that emphasis.

  5. Hannah Says:

    we used retromodern.com. they have eames, miller, knoll, etc. really cool and different.

  6. Hannah Says:

    also CB2.com is more modern than simply CB.

  7. Reina Says:

    I find it hard to support my eco-friendly lifestyle when it comes to wedding registries. I like items from all different green stores and find it hard to be able to register for all the items I want. I tried that myregistry.com and it work out very good for me. I recommend to any eco-couple!

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