Once upon a time, wedding registries were for young couples who were leaving their parents’ home for the first time and needed house essentials like toasters and hand towels. Big stores like Sears or The Bay offered everything a new couple desired. But now, couples are marrying later and often are living together before they tie the knot, so their need for home essentials has diminished. Add to that a thriving boutique retail scene which is able to attract couples whose senses of style have developed and the wedding registry industry has dramatically changed. Gone are the days of simple crystal and china wedding registries. While traditional gift registries are still the most popular, many couples have expanded their options to more unconventional options. Below is a list of top registries of all kinds.
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Traditional wedding gift registries are perfect for the couple who needs all the necessities for their newlywed home. From the kitchen to the dining room, a traditional registry will provide you with all the basics and then some. Do you already have the essentials? Simply register for better quality items. Whether you’re looking for the bare necessities or just adding to your collection, a traditional registry is right for you. The most popular traditional registries include Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn and even Amazon.
Forgoing the traditional registry, many couples now are using their nuptials as a way to give back to their community. Guests can visit the couple’s online charity registry to donate to various good causes. Charities such as Canada Helps, which acts as an umbrella website for all 88,000 registered charities in Canada, has been averaging about 60 wedding “giving pages” a year recently. Giving pages allow couples to create an online registry of their favorite charity or charities, where guests can make a contribution directly, and receive a charitable receipt.
Are you one of those couples who just has everything you need? Skipping the traditional registry and going with a honeymoon registry instead may be a great solution for you. This is also a great idea for the couple who loves to travel. Honeymoon registries can allow guests to purchase gifts of anything from airfare to a day at the spa. HoneymoonWishes, Honeyfund, and travel agencies like Maritime Travel and Flight Center offer registries to make your honeymoon dreams come true.
Smaller or Specialty Shops
Think beyond the usual linens and china registries and check out the smaller and specialty shops in our region. Most of these retailers offer online shopping which means that these smaller boutiques are within your registry reach and in many cases you are supporting your local community.
Spend more time outdoors or traveling than in the kitchen? Head to Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) a popular outdoor supplier for camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities.
Stoke’s is Canada’s largest kitchen, tableware and giftware store. They have everything you need to bring joy to your everyday entertaining, from functional and practical kitchen accessories to games and fondue sets.
Looking for home appliances and electronics then consider this electronic giant. The store’s wide tech offerings are sure to fill any and all of your electronic needs.
Bowring’s online store is full of modern, unique and high-quality pieces, including everything from large furniture to table objects.
Cucina Moderna is an independently owned specialty kitchen store with locations in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This store brings high quality, unique and contemporary kitchenware to Nova Scotia.
The store’s large selection of unique, quality products will inspire kitchen newbies and foodies alike. Check out their retail location on York Street in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Urban Almanac is an independently owned store with a location in downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. This store has gorgeous kitchen essentials and contemporary furniture.
Tuck Studio is a furniture & decor store owned and operated by Judith Mackin, located at 122 Prince William Street, Saint John, NB. The studio features the very best in emerging and established furnishings, lighting, textiles and decorative items for the home.
I often hear of couples opting out from registering because they feel that they already have everything they need, or perhaps they feel uncomfortable asking for gifts. The truth is, having a gift registry helps your guests incredibly and is considered good wedding etiquette. Providing a registry gives your family and friend’s guidance and reassurance as they will know that the gift they purchase is something you will enjoy and appreciate.
When it comes time to choosing your wedding registry, consider pairing your traditional destinations with one or two unexpected ones. Single-store registries are no longer the norm. Go ahead and register at the specialty retailer, but also create a second registry at more traditional retailer. Whatever you choose there is a registry out there for you. Consider your lifestyle and register for what you want as a couple.
Now I want to hear from you! What are your favorite places to register for gifts? Add your comment below.