wedding gift registry comparison

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We've compiled a list of ten of the most popular websites to set up your wedding gift registries. All of these websites allow you to set up and manage your wedding gift registries online, saving you from having to make trips to the store. They all have some cool features and are all a little different in what they have to offer. We hope this list helps you with one of your most important decisions.

Of all the stores where you can set up a wedding gift registry, Bed Bath & Beyond might be the most popular. People love it! They have a great selection, and if a guest can't find one of your registry items in-store they'll ship it for free. Returns can be made in-store or online regardless of how they were purchased. Your registry remains active for two years after your wedding date. The completion discount is standard at 10%. There are also friend referral awards you'll want to check out. If you're not sure what to put in your registry, each store has personal consultants to help!

Features

Free shipping if not found in-store. Online planning tools. Free announcement cards. And more!

Perks

Register for certain amounts of certain products gets you free gifts, as do certain purchases by your guests.

Selection

And their prices are great too!

Return Process

Hassle free. What more can you ask for?!

Customer Feedback

There are a couple instances of overbearing registry consultants. But, far and away, the reviews are positive.

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Amazon's wedding gift registry is unique in that everything is set up and managed online. The product selection is more comprehensive than any other place out there (what isn't on Amazon?!). Any item sold on Amazon can be added to your registry. And, as if that's not enough, Amazon has a universal gift registry feature allowing you to add items not found on Amazon.com. You can specify "before event" and "after event" shipping addresses. Don't have a packing slip for your return? No problem! Just call customer service and they'll help you find the order id. The only downsides might be that you have to monitor your registry closely in case items go out of stock, and there's no brick-and-mortar store for your guests to go to. There's definitely nothing else like it out there, and we highly recommend you consider adding Amazon as one of your wedding gift registries.

Features

Best Feature: the product reviews found for every item sold on Amazon.

Perks

All purchases still qualify for Super Saver shipping if sold directly by Amazon.

Selection

Probably the best selection out there.

Return Process

Third-party sellers handle their own returns. Otherwise you can print return shipping labels online.

Customer Feedback

It doesn't matter which forum you read, nor how old the forum is. Couples and guests love it.

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What is it about Macy's that makes it so popular? It seems like everyone loves to shop here - no matter the occasion. When it comes to weddings it's no different. You'll get a 10% completion discount on all items remaining in your wedding gift registry after your wedding. Your registry remains active for up to 13 months after the wedding. Registering with a Macy's credit card makes you eligible for their Registry Star Rewards Program (rewards dollars!). And, of course, Macy's has frequent sales and discounts. You can update your wedding gift registry any time, both in store and online. The major downside is their return policy - it can be a major hassle, especially if you try returning gifts to a store that were purchased online. Still though, Macy's is a great place to register.

Features

Thank you card management system helps you keep track of who purchased what.

Perks

The rewards program. All those dollars you earn are given to you in a gift card after the wedding.

Selection

Generally a good selection of items.

Return Process

Can be difficult. Best bet is to return store-bought items to a store and online purchases to Macy's.com

Customer Feedback

If it wasn't for the troubles with returns the feedback would be a lot better.

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Target is a great place to set up a wedding gift registry if you're looking for lower prices and a wider selection of items. And it's really easy to manage your registry online. If you set up your wedding gift registry in-store you will receive a welcome bag with coupons and a gift! Registries remain active for only 90 days after your wedding. The return process does leave a lot to be desired. Physical stores and Target.com aren't integrated, meaning store-bought items go back to stores, web-bought items back to Target.com. But don't delay, because you have only 90 days from date of purchase, not your wedding date. At least you'll get a 10% completion discount on items in your registry not purchased by your wedding day.

Features

That 10% completion discount might be a one-time only deal.

Perks

There's a good chance you can set up your registry online and still get that gift bag.

Selection

Pretty good. But monitor your registry often as items go out of stock frequently.

Return Process

Returns possible without receipt by using your Gift Log.

Customer Feedback

Customer Service and returns are mainly responsible for the many negative reviews.

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There's so much to like about Bloomingdale's wedding gift registry - especially if you're looking for something a bit more upscale in a wedding registry. There are a lot of free goodies, including complimentary bridal invitations and monograming on linens. You'll get a personal registry consultant and invites to private events to meet with industry professionals. Returns are easy, regardless of whether they were purchased in-store or online. Your wedding gift registry remains active for 13 months after your wedding, there's a 10% continuation discount, and you won't have trouble remembering who to send thank you cards to with their thank you card manager.

Features:

Online mix & match table setting tool lets you see what your place settings will look like.

Perks

You also get a 20% discount off fine jewelry while your registry is active.

Selection

Pretty good. Just keep in mind the price might be a turnoff to some of your guests.

Return Process

Bloomingdale's has a very, very good return policy.

Customer Feedback

Customers love it. So will you.

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If you're looking for some cool, higher-end furniture and decor, Crate & Barrel might be a good place to add to your wedding gift registries. And your guests might love it too! Guests can order online and pick up in-store if they want. There's an app for iPhone and Android, helping you more easily manage your wedding gift registry. Private consulations with store experts are available. Need help organizing your selections and patterns? Use their virtual cart! You can get free save the date announcements, a 10% continuation discount, and, after the wedding, you can get 15% off all purchases for 6 months. Returns are based on date of purchase, and you only have 30 days to make any returns, so you may run into difficulties if you want to return anything.

Features

Pretty standard. But you can use any C&B gift cards at CB2 and The Land of Nod.

Perks

They throw Wedding Parties events for registered couples too!

Selection

Crate & Barrel has a unique selection. Keep in mind that cost might be an issue for some guests.

Return Process

Straightforward, but 30 days from date of purchase isn't generous.

Customer Feedback

Most negative feedback concerns the period for returns. Other than that it's pretty good.

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One wedding gift registry we're very excited to include on this list is MyRegistry.com. It's quite possibly the most unique place you'll ever find. They're a universal registry, meaning you can add items to your registry from any website. That's right. Anywhere! This allows you to pick and choose items you really want from any online store. You are limited only by your imagination. And with the entire internet at your fingertips your guests will love the selection you provide them. Just make sure to include a little note on your welcome screen for your guests telling them after they have purchased the item they have to come back to the MyRegistry wedding gift registry and check off that they did, indeed, purchase the gift. MyRegistry supports cash gifts via Paypal and works on mobile devices which makes them the most flexible choice among wedding gift registries.

Features

You can even sync your registries with traditional stores to your MyRegistry.com registry.

Perks

If you want the perks from the other stores you will have to register there then sync your registry.

Selection

You do have to make sure your selections don't go out of stock, but your choices are limitless!

Return Process

Returns have to be to the store from which they were purchased, so keep track!

Customer Feedback

Much of the negative feedback is because of the lack of perks and guests having to manually check off purchases.

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Kohl's might be the best low-cost place to set up a wedding gift registry. The continuation discount is 15% - the highest anywhere! You can earn 10% rewards without being a Kohl's cardholder. Your registry remains active for one year after your wedding date. Registering for certain items will get you free gifts. The return process isn't integrated so anything you want to return will have to be to the point of origin. There's only one real drawback: you'll have to constantly monitor the items in your wedding gift registry as they tend to go on clearance, and then out of stock.

Features

Besides the continuation discount, there isn't much to speak of.

Perks

Complimentary announcement cards offer your guests 15% off purchases over $50 in-store.

Selection

Kohl's has a great selection. But items go on clearance too frequently.

Return Process

Straightforward. Only thing missing is being able to return any item to stores or online no matter the origin.

Customer Feedback

It's very difficult to find negative reviews.

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Sears is another place to consider if you're looking to add a weddgin gift registry that will provide some lower-cost options to your guests. And Sears has a hardware selection that is tough to beat. Registries are active for 13 months after the wedding, but there is no continuation discount. But Sears might have found a way to make up for it by offering their Give Together feature that allows guests to pool their gift amounts together. So looking for a big-ticket item to add to your registry, like a refrigerator or oven? Sears is the place! Overall, many people recommend Sears, but only for their hardware selection.

Features

The Give Together feature is awesome! And, if you want, you can choose a Starter Registry to get you started.

Perks

Shop Your Way rewards points earned on all purchases, including items left in your registry after the wedding.

Selection

Hardware selection stands out the most.

Return Process

Items can be returned for store credit, or for cash if paid for in cash and you have a gift receipt.

Customer Feedback

Hardware? Great. Quality of other items you might want in your registry? Not so much.

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JCPenney has been going through some rough times as a company lately. But it's still one of the most popular places to create a wedding gift registry. And it's not hard to figure out why. There's a simple set up process for setting up your wedding registry online, and there's also a free wedding organizer tool. The continuation discount is standard: 10%. Returns can be made with or without a receipt for store credit. There's always free shipping on purchases over $50, so that's a plus for your guests. Best of all - for the bride - is you'll get 50% off a gown preservation package at Bridal Kare, something you won't find anywhere else. The selection does leave something to be desired.

Features

Nothing you can't find anywhere else.

Perks

You can get a free engagement portrait at any JCPenney Studio too!

Selection

It's not great now. But JCPenney just invested $800 million to make it better

Return Process

Returns without a receipt? Not a problem here!

Customer Feedback

There are plenty more good reviews than bad.

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