The Registry Decoded
Registering can be both a joy and the bane of the matrimonial process. Here’s how to get started, find great deals, keep your guests happy, and enjoy yourself in the process.
Things have certainly changed since Marshall Field’s started the first modern-day wedding registry in 1924. Back then, it was a simple way for brides to let guests know their chosen china and crystal patterns. These days, registries are as diverse as couples themselves, with everything from traditional department-store lists to online sites where you can register for travel, charitable donations, and even help with the down payment on a house. The range of options can be overwhelming, so we asked local registry gurus for tips to get you started:
Here’s a list of core items you may want for your home.
You could easily do all your registering under one roof, walking away well-stocked and happy. What you’ll find at Galleria.
Dozens of stores in town are vying for your registry affections, which means they’ll woo you with discounts and rewards.
What couples are registering for at Ampersand, Herberger's, Macy's, The Container Store, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
If you have enough table settings and bedding, despair not—there are plenty of fun, off-the-beaten-registry options to appeal to other interests.
Six essential rules to keep in mind before you get started.