If you are a Seattle are couple planning your nuptials, our wedding gift registry list features some uniquely Seattle choices, as well as some wedding gift ideas that are a bit outside the box. Of course, we include a list of popular wedding gift registry sites that many couples across the country consider when combining their lives and their households into one happy abode.
Tips for choosing and building your gift registry
These are “do’s”: register as soon as possible (don’t make your guests ask and give them plenty of time to respond), check with your partner on items they already have or would like to receive, register with more than one site, register for all the basic items you will need (be practical), think outside the box (we offer some suggestions below), and choose registry items with a mix of lower and higher priced items–plus offer group gifting on larger ticket items.
And here are some wedding registry mistakes to avoid: don’t register for trendy things you won’t use (be practical; yes, we said this twice), read the fine print about shipping and payment options but especially limits on exchanges or returns, and send thank you notes* promptly for any gifts you receive.
*Recommended etiquette for thank-you notes. For gifts received before the wedding, thank you notes should be sent within two weeks of their arrival. Thank you’s for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within three months of your return from your honeymoon.
Wedding gifts “outside the box”
These gift registries offer wedding gift ideas beyond the typical sheets, towels, and dishes.
Best Buy wedding gift ideas. Why register: for small electronics and big-ticket items with group-gifting that allows several guests to give as much as they want towards big-ticket items.
Love Life Family Photography gift registry. Why register: to take family photos for future significant events.
Menashe & Sons Jewelers gift registry. Why register: personal service in choosing from their select brands of china, crystal, casual dinnerware, flatware, barware, and home décor.
REI wish lists and gift registry. Why register: Seattle-based national retailer for couples who enjoy the outdoors, whether for camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and other outdoor recreation.
Ten Thousand Villages. Why register: unique, hand-crafted housewares, furniture, and decor (and lots more). Every item is crafted in communities throughout the developing world, using local materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honored skills. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.
The Container Store gift registry. Why register: for organizational solutions and expert advice to help you combine two households into one happy home.
Urban Craft Uprising Gift Registry Why register: amazing handmade works from local, independent artisans and designers.
Curated wedding registry sites
These wedding gift registry sites offer a way for you to add items to your wish list from many different types of retailers.
Amazon wedding registry. Why register: Add items to your wedding gift list that aren’t found on other registries, or because you only want a few items from a particular retailer, so don’t see a need to create an entire registry at that store.
Wedding Wire Registry: Why register: Choose from favorite retail stores, like Target and Amazon.
Zola: Why register: Create a personalized registry of gifts, experiences, and funds from any retailer.
Wedding registries for passionate cooks
If you love cooking, one of these gourmet gift registries should probably make your list.
Sur La Table. Why register: If you love to cook, Sur La Table offers over 9,000 products, many exclusive to the retailer you won’t find anywhere else.
Williams-Sonoma gift registry. Why register: if you love to cook and invite friends to share it, W-S offers professional-grade cookware, entertainment accessories, and stylish home décor.
Popular national wedding registry sites
Finally, these popular wedding registries are tried-and-true retailers for brides and grooms across the country, offering many different household items, styles, and price points.
Bed Bath & Beyond gift registry. Why register: housewares, linens, and appliances from a variety of brands at a range of price points.
Crate & Barrel gift registry. Why register: if you have modern tastes, you’ll find trendy housewares, furniture, and entertainment accessories at affordable prices. They also host Wedding Party events to create your dream registry. Check the Gift Registry Event List for the next available event: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/Gift-Registry/Events.aspx.
Kohl’s gift registry. Why register: a large selection of housewares and stylish household goods at budget-friendly prices.
Macy’s Wedding Registry. Why register: brick-and-mortar locations across the country offer items in a wide variety of styles and prices for every room in your home, including housewares, gourmet cookware, entertainment accessories, furniture, home décor, linens, and appliances.
Pottery Barn registry. Why register: if you prefer a relaxed vibe, their stylish housewares, furniture, and décor, plus monogramming will help create a truly customized look for your home.
Target gift registry. Why register: hugely popular “designer goods for less”.
Many of the retailers on our Seattle wedding gift registry list are also great resources for celebrations of many other life-events, from college-bound young adults, to first apartment dwellers and housewarmings, or baby showers. So bookmark this wedding registry list for all of your gift-giving (and gift receiving) events.