My girlfriend Sandra went into a trance creating her wedding registry. She grabbed the scanning gun and started zapping everything in sight, including a jewel-encrusted picture frame and a set of medieval goblets. But weeks after her wedding, as she unwrapped gifts she didn't need or love, she suffered a case of registry regret.
Registries can be overwhelming, says Kara Kull from mywedding.com, especially if you think department stores and kitchen utensils are the only way to go. She registered at Anthropologie, a women's accessories and home decor store, for her recent wedding. She also took advantage of RegistryStop.com, a site that lets you register for items from any store you like. Using their free app, you can scan in an item's barcode at the store, or enter it manually on the site, and it is automatically added to your list of items. Guests can hop online and see your profile and list. The site also compiles price comparisons, so your guests can get the best deal.
There are registry options to fit every need and interest: If you want guests to donate to your honeymoon, your favourite charity, your china collection or even your bank account. With a thoughtful registry that suits your needs and interests as a couple, your guests will invest their money in items and experiences you need and love.
Angela Self is one of the founders of the Smart Cookies money group.