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Most Popular Bridal or Wedding Registries

Updated on March 9, 2014

Get What You Want

Brides and grooms these days are more practical than ever. Gone are the days when gravy boats and chafing dishes were a requirement on every bridal registry.

Today’s couples are registering at places that fit their lifestyles and enjoying every minute of it. Here are a few of the popular places for modern couples to register these days.


Home Depot & Lowe's

It used to be the groom dreaded the day of the registry. Sorting through hundreds of china patterns and silverware handles can be a dreary task for a busy groom. The bride would usually end up going with her mom or maid of honor and doing it herself.

Not anymore! Today’s grooms get to register at places like Home Depot and Lowe's. Home improvement stores are big registry places now because many brides and grooms are redoing their homes and buying fixer-uppers. Registering at a home store allows them the freedom to choose paint or paneling in their wedding gift basket if they want to. Also, gift givers are happy to get them something they really need and want.

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Target or Wal-Mart

Another place that’s huge on the registry scene is the mega store. Target and Wal-Mart are popular registry sites because couples can register for more than just dishes and table ware. They can register for a lawn mower, digital camera, Xbox or anything else from among the thousands of items offered at these giant stores.

The beauty of this type of registry is that the gifts are practical and useful and there’s no limit to the types of products. The bride can get what she wants and the groom can get what he wants. Guests love this because they can select a gift based on the couple’s personalities rather than having to purchase a pie server or utensil set off a standard registry.

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Pottery Barn & Williams-Sonoma

Couples are also registering at specialty stores like Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma. These stores are high-end and fashionable places where brides and grooms can select the perfect items to make their living space feel like home.

They may choose to register for a rug for their new living room, a set of flannel sheets, or a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

They can also register for décor items like lamps and drawer pulls, wine racks and gourmet cookie mix. Since these stores are specialty venues, the gift choices are fun and ideal for new couples just starting out.

In olden times, a bride could never register for a gingerbread house making kit, but today she can if that’s what she really wants.

Registering for Dinnerware

Popular Register Items

It's tough to know what you will need when it comes time to register. But to get you started, we found some of the basic items at and passed along the knowledge.

For a full detailed list, you can visit their website by clicking on the link in the previous sentence.

  • Dinnerware
  • Flatware
  • Cookware
  • Barware
  • Cutlery
  • Small Appliances (Blender, Coffee Pot, Mixer, Toaster)
  • Bath Towels & Accessories
  • Bedroom Sheets & Comforter
  • Luggage
  • Small Furniture Items
  • Grill
  • Vacuum
  • Games


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Rules of Registration

There are no rules anymore about registries. Some couples choose to register at local stores like a hand-crafted pottery store that will make them a set of hand-crafted dishes.

Some choose for the big box stores that offer everything for every room of the home. Some even register with hardware or lumber stores.

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How happy would your significant other be about your above decision?

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If you are a bride or groom wondering where to register, think about what you could really use and would love to have. Then find a store that specializes in it. Never write where you’re registered on a wedding invitation. That is considered the height of ill manners.

Instead, let a bridesmaid spread the word or have mom pass on the info when the aunts ask. It’s not your place to ask for gifts, and proclaiming your registry location in print is a definite no. The only exception is if someone is throwing you a bridal shower. She can print, “Debbie and John are registered at Home Depot” in her bridal shower invitations if she likes.


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pinkchic, good coverage on popular registries. I think Low'e and Home Depot is the way to go. It seems like everybody is starting to get into the DIY mode.