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It’s not your parent’s registry. It goes without saying that some of your wedding guests may not understand exactly how an online registry works. Cover your bases by registering at a local department store too.

  • Get your goodies. Confirm that the address you enter upon registering is the address where gifts will be shipped. You don’t want your wedding gifts arriving at an old address!

  • Check return policies. Because many online registries are affiliated with stores that may not be as mainstream, some have stricter return policies than the larger department stores. Make sure to check before you register in case there are unreasonable return rules.

  • Watch for duplicates. Most online sites will automatically note when an item is purchased from your registry, minimizing duplicates. But if your selected retailer takes longer, make sure you manually check the site and update quantities as you see fit.

  • Register for gift cards. If you’re not sure about every item you need, add a gift card to your registry.

  • Ask for help. Like in-store registries, most online sites have an FAQ section that answers common registry questions. If you can’t find the answers, check out the “contact us” area of the site for the phone number or email address of a customer service representative.

Wedding Registry: Beyond the Basics

Where to register on the web...beyond the basic department store.

Our perfect registry formula? One big mom-happy department store + one kitchen shower-happy store + one online couple-happy specialty store. Yes, it's true -- modern couples now have the option of registering from many of their favorite boutiques. And, lucky you -- the ease of online shopping means that these otherwise lesser-known retailers are now within your registry reach. Take a look at some of our favorite online registry sites (some kick it up a notch with eco-friendly surprises!), and think beyond the usual linens-and-china registries. These stylish sites will have your guests clicking and shipping in no time.

Home

unicahome.com Browse everything from artwork and kitchen gadgets to furniture and lighting in funky, modern designs.
Steal: Magnito salt and pepper shakers by Josh Owen, $9.
Splurge: A Barrel Grill by Eva Solo for $560 (it can turn into a tabletop when not in use).
Good to know: They actively recycle shipping materials in an effort to reduce waste.

cb2.com
This new online registry destination from Crate and Barrel offers fun and colorful items for the home broken down into categories like party, decorate, and splash (for bath).
Steal: Colorful chopsticks, $2.
Splurge: Giorgia Barstools ($150-$160 each) made of recycled leather -- a gorgeous, "green" option (see above).
Good to know: You can't combine CB2 and Crate and Barrel registries. The same goes for returns -- they have to be returned via mail to CB2, not Crate and Barrel stores.

get honeymoon help

Set up a registry specifically for your fun activities, romantic dinners, and more! Sites like TheHonemoon.com, HoneyLuna.com, and DistinctiveHoneymoon.com let you create your own wish list. Think "A bottle of wine in the piazza" or "Parasailing for two."

uncommongoods.com
Funky designs and innovative decorating are its trademark. Home décor, dining ware, and office gadgets are especially unique.
Steal: Udon Noodle Bowls ($26) feature a
handle and a place for chopsticks to rest --
contoured to fit in your hand.
Splurge: The Phuzion Series Tower Vase ($390) is handmade from fused glass in Mexico and signed by the artist.
Green goods: The site carries an entire
section of recycled products. Hanging Tin Frames made from old tin ceilings are $45, and folding chairs made from wine barrels that are perfect for outdoor entertaining are $165.

chiasso.com
Meaning "to cause an uproar or sensation" in Italian, Chiasso is a great site for modern home accents, especially furnishings and decor items.
Steal: Traditional bathroom accessories like the Nero Toothbrush Glass, $22.
Splurge: The View Modern TV Stand, $598.
Green goods: Flow 3D Wallpaper adds
texture and color to any wall. It's made from 100 percent pre- and post-consumer recycled waste paper, $40 for a set of 12 squares.

surlatable.com
Find a complete collection of cool cook's tools. Look under "Essential Kitchen Items," which is separated into different kitchen levels: basic, well-stocked, and gourmet.
Steal: Mario Batali Small Nylon Soft-Grip Turner, $6.
Splurge: Viking Professional Food Processor, $300.
Green goods: Bambu disposable plates are
better than paper -- they biodegrade within six months after disposal. A set of eight, $9-$12.

Green

vivaterra.com
They work with artisans from all over the world to bring elegant, eco-friendly products to a mainstream audience.
Steal: Teak Flatware, $50 per five-piece place setting.
Splurge: Two king-sized shams and a >> duvet cover made from lightweight, undyed, tussah silk and yarn-dyed stripes are $447.
Good to know: For purchases over $75, VivaTerra donates funds to an eco-friendly
charity of the shopper's choosing.

gaiam.com Great for the eco-aware, Gaiam offers tons of organic, natural, and health-promoting products for the home.
Steal: Richly colored organic cotton hand towels, $14.
Splurge: The Seagrass and Mango Wood Loveseat, $480. It's made from environmentally friendly materials, treated with a water-based
lacquer, and covered in natural cotton cushions.
Good to know: They will notify you if any item ordered off your registry is on back-order.

greenfeet.com
It doesn't offer as vast a variety as more traditional registries, but eco-friendly products make this site a must-click. You can even register for all-natural and organic cleaning products to keep all of your new goodies clean (and green).
Steal: Classic Hemp Pot Holder, $6.
Splurge: The popular Dyson vacuum (no bags means less waste), $400.
Good to know: The registry is also available through Felicite.com, which also allows you to register for charitable donations.

And More!

electronics: sharperimage.com
This is the go-to store that has absolutely everything -- the perfect place to register for those electronics you've been eyeing. Besides, it'll keep your groom happy.
Steal: Stainless steel wine stoppers, $30.
Splurge: Bose Wave Music System, $500.
Good to know: "Royal Service" delivery, available for especially large or complicated items, is an additional $150, and includes scheduled delivery, setup, and removal of all packing items. camping and outdoors: rei.com
Spend more time outdoors than in the kitchen? Head to REI, a popular outdoor supplier for camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities.
Steal: The Picnic at Ascot Hampton Sunset Wine Tote, $34 (so you can enjoy a bottle of your favorite vintage anywhere).
Splurge: An Novara Method 2.0 mountain bike, $1,800. (There are others for less.)
Good to know: They offer e-mail announcements -- a fun and casual way to alert friends and family to your unique registry site.
Green note: There's not really any way to get much closer to mother nature than by spending some serious time outside. Just remember to leave only footprints!

greenfeet.com
It doesn't offer as vast a variety as more traditional registries, but eco-friendly products make this site a must-click. You can even register for all-natural and organic cleaning products to keep all of your new goodies clean (and green).
Steal: Classic Hemp Pot Holder, $6.
Splurge: The popular Dyson vacuum (no bags means less waste), $400.
Good to know: The registry is also available through Felicite.com, which also allows you to register for charitable donations.

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