Here's How To Get The Wedding Gifts You Really Want

Building your dream registry is one of the great perks of getting engaged, right? But as we’ve come to learn, throwing too many options into the mix can also make your life as newlyweds complicated. We've already offered advice about what things you should register for (and what to skip); now, we're helping you decide where to register.

Whether you go the traditional route and opt for a brick-and-mortar department store like Bloomingdale's, or go full-on digital with a registry site like Blueprint or Zola, you can’t go wrong with our handy guide.

Blueprint Registry
Blueprint Registry is the type-A couple's dream site. It arranges your items according to the rooms in your house, so you can see where, exactly, your gifts will go — quite literally making it a blueprint for your new life together. You can also include items from multiple stores, create cash funds, and give guests the option to contribute to group gifts. We don't know if picking presents is really that difficult, but Blueprint is making it way easier.

Innit Acapulco Chair, $398, available at Blueprint Registry.
In an ideal world, you could register at all your favorite local indie shops, or just stick with a web-based registry site. But sometimes, only a real, physical store will do. Bloomingdale's is a versatile option with a range of items beyond just kitchen wares. And with locations in virtually every major city, it's a convenient option for guests, too. Either way, your grandparents will thank you.

Kate Spade Zadie Drive Hand Bookends, $50, available at Bloomingdale's.
If you're looking to load up on minimalist home essentials that feel luxurious (but won't empty your loved ones' bank accounts), Snowe is the registry site for you. Create a profile and have an expert guide you to items that are a perfect fit for you as a couple. From there, it's easy to manage your registry and share with pals and family. You'll also get a 15% discount on any items you don't receive after your big day. That's a pretty sweet deal.

Snowe Dinner Plates, $80 (set of 4), available at Snowe.
Heath Ceramics
Heath Ceramics is a mainstay in any millennial couple's home. The Bay Area-based brand creates gorgeous dinnerware, wall accents, and home-decor pieces that stand the test of time — and are all made in Heath's S.F. and Sausalito studios. Registering for a full set of plates, bowls, or mugs is a great way to start building a classic collection — and you can do it all online, so you don't have to live nearby.

Heath Ceramics
Ornament Clock, $350, available at Heath Ceramics.
Zola is a true game-changer in the registry scene. The seamless, user-friendly site allows you to curate your registry with items from any store, while adding things like honeymoon and experience funds. Better yet, you can convert items added from other stores into cash — not gift certificates — if you decide you don't really need or want them. Zola also offers an ever-growing inventory of major home brands through its own online store.

Bodum Eileen French Press Coffee Maker, $50, available at Zola.
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