The 5 Best Online Wedding Registry Websites Reviewed for 2020

Hannah Warren // Senior Writer & Editor

We may earn a commission through carefully selected links on this site. However, this never influences our evaluations or writing – our opinions are 100% our own.

5 Online Wedding Registries to Help Guide Family and Friends in Finding the Perfect Wedding Gift

Think about it for a minute.

About it being your dress, where you want to have your wedding, what kind of cake you want, what will be your first dance wedding song…a wedding can at times seem to be, well, all about you.

OK, let’s be real—it really IS all about you. Or is it now? Wait! It’s the gifts! It’s all about the wedding gifts!

Let’s talk about online wedding registries and how they can help your friends and family select the perfect wedding gift for you.

Why do wedding registries matter?

I’m going to start this off by trying to define what a wedding registry is. Look, I was kidding earlier when I said a wedding was all about the gifts (but getting gifts sure is cool, am I right?).

Wedding couples like to get gifts on their wedding day that show who they are as a team and things that help them celebrate their lives together.

If they’re planning a honeymoon, they might want cash that will help them reach their honeymoon destination.

If they’re not planning on going on a honeymoon but are instead looking to buy or rent their first home together, they might need money to help towards their mortgage or rent or need things like furniture or kitchen and bath items.

The list is endless, and sometimes guests are left in the dark as to what gift they should get.

What is a wedding registry?

A wedding registry is a ‘wish list’ of sorts the couples set up so guests won’t have to guess what type of wedding gift to get.

The process is made easier for the gift givers and the happy couple (and I know this might sound selfish) the Bride and Groom usually end up getting exactly what they need/want.

A win-win all around.

Can you do your wedding registry online?

Yes, you absolutely do your wedding registry online! Gone are the days of setting up an appointment at a department store and sitting down for an excruciating hour with someone who would always try to push items on you that you really didn’t want (yes, I have firsthand experience with that).

These days it’s super easy—hop online, pick your stuff, pick options to offer like giftwrap, etc. Then all you have to do is let people know how to see the registry and then sit back and see who has gotten what.

How cool is that?

How do You Find Someone’s Online Wedding Registry?

There are a number of ways you could find a couple’s online wedding registry.

If it’s a small wedding they might simply tell you themselves. For coworkers, they could post something in the office lounge with the link (that’s what I did with my wedding invitation, it saved me a ton of time!).

If it’s a larger wedding or guests will be coming in from all over, the couple may post a link to their wedding registry on their wedding website. Or, the online registry they choose could offer the notification process as part of their service.

“Gone are the days of setting up an appointment at a department store and sitting down for an excruciating hour with someone who would always try to push items on you that you really didn’t want”

Why use an online wedding registry?

Employing the services of an online wedding registry can help you streamline the process of this important part of your wedding plan and eliminate at least some could-be stress.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have at least one less thing to worry about?

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What is the best online wedding registry?

Alright, let’s dive in and look at the best online wedding registries for the 2020 wedding year.

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Zola

Our Favorite

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (20% Off Post-Wedding)

“One store with gifts, gift cards, and cash funds. Smart ways to personalize their registry to delight guests. Flexible (and free) shipping and so much more.”

Why we love Zola

Wedding couples everywhere are flocking to Zola for their wedding planning and online wedding gift registry needs and with good reason.

Zola offers the most complete wedding package when compared to other online wedding registries. They will help easily bring together everything from managing your guest list to creating a beautiful wedding website, designing matching invitations and more.

Let’s take a closer look at Zola and see why it’s our pick for the best wedding registry site.

Perks of this wedding registry/quick tip:

Using Zola is free, and the service offers a generous 20% discount for up to 6 months after your wedding.

The number of times this discount can be used within the 6 months is unlimited, and to qualify for this discount you only have to meet a small number of requirements.

This means you’ll be able to cross more items off your list and you’ll score to gift-giver a nice discount.

Besides a happy wedding couple, the words ‘free’ and ‘discount’ together are a beautiful sight.

Benefits of Zola

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Most items purchased through Zola ship for free. There might be an additional charge for larger gifts.
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It would suck to have gifts arrive while you’re on your honeymoon, so Zola lets you pick the shipping date. If you happen to change your mind you can return the gift you can receive credit for use on anything else on the platform.
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This helps your gift-givers keep their budget in check and it helps you snag the more expensive items on your list.
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The Zola user interface is both attractive and easy-to-use.
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By installing a simple Google Chrome browser add on you can not only add items by over 400 brands from Zola, but you can also add items from other online merchants as well.

Drawbacks of Zola

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There aren’t as many brand names available as you’d find on the Amazon, Walmart or Target online wedding registries. But still, over 400 is pretty impressive.
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If you get a cash gift, there’s a 2.5% processing fee. You can pay this fee or you can defer that to the gift-giver.
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Many Zola gifts are on the unique side, so you may find that some of them are unavailable at the time of shipping.
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If you need to return something you can’t just roll into a store like you could with a Walmart or Target. You actually have to ship the gift back to Zola.

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (20% Off Post-Wedding)

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Amazon Registry

Largest Selection

Sign Up Cost: $0 (20% completion discount)

“Build your new life together from the world’s largest selection— from tents to teapots, board games to bath towels, canoes to champagne glasses—we have everything your heart desires.”

Why we love Amazon Registry

Let’s face it—Amazon is flipping HUGE and just about everybody uses it already.

Well, maybe everyone except for my mother.

Those are the two big reasons that put the Amazon online wedding registry service so high on our list. Read on to learn more about Amazon and why its online wedding registry is our #2 pick.

Amazon Wedding Registry Perks:

The Amazon online wedding registry service also offers a 20% completion discount, but the terms of the discount are a little more restrictive than you’ll find with Zola.

Be sure to check the Amazon wedding registry site for full details. 

Benefits of Amazon Registry

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Amazon is easily the largest online retailer on the planet, so you can add just about anything to your wedding gift wish list.

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Amazon Prime members get free shipping.

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Customer service at Amazon is insanely good.

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Gift-givers can easily snag last minute gifts and shipping is usually very quick, especially if there’s a Prime membership involved.

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Most people are familiar with Amazon and understand how to use it right away.

Drawbacks of Amazon Registry

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You have no control over when gifts are shipped to you. So, you may return from your honeymoon to a mountain of wedding gifts. OK this one could be a ‘pro’ as well as a ‘con’, lol!

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Amazon doesn’t do the cash gift thing. So, if money for a honeymoon is what you’re going for the Amazon online wedding registry isn’t a good option.

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You can return a gift for up to 180 days, but you have to do so by sending it back to Amazon, you can’t just waltz into a storefront.

Sign Up Cost: $0 (20% completion discount)

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Walmart Registry

Check Two Boxes At Once

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (includes card service)

“Walmart.com gives you the tools to set up your wedding registry and begin to fill it so your family and friends can get started celebrating your new life.”

Why we love Walmart Registry

Retail giant Walmart also allows wedding couples to create their wedding registry online for free.

Like its buddy, Amazon, Walmart’s selection of wedding gifts is massive. And while to some, a gift from Walmart may not seem like the fanciest thing in the world, their product offerings are good, basic things that any couple can use for setting up their first home without straining a gift-giver’s budget.

Let’s see what the Walmart online wedding is made of.

Walmart Wedding Registry Perks:

One perk we particularly like with the Walmart registry service is that they create these little cards to send along with your wedding invitations to help gift-givers find your registry.

That’s one less thing for you to worry about, you’ve got enough on your plate at this point.

Benefits of Walmart Registry

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Huge selection of gifts available.

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The Walmart site is well designed and easy to use for both you and your potential gift-givers.

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You can get some great ideas for your registry by being able to see what other couples are requesting.

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If you want to return or exchange something, there’s always a Walmart around the corner.

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With Walmart you’ll get what you need and won’t make your gift-givers spend themselves into oblivion.

Drawbacks of Walmart Registry

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Gifts from Walmart may be perceived as ‘cheap’. I’m going to argue this one though—maybe the gift didn’t cost as much as something from a fancier retailer, but you’re getting married, dammit. And gifts for starting a home can be really expensive!

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If you do decide to return something to your local Walmart store, you run the risk of getting sucked into the vortex as you fill your cart with things your really didn’t come into the store to get.

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (includes card service)

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Target Registry

The Best For Returns or Exchanges

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (15% Completion Discount)

“Your friends and family can shop your list online and pick up their gift at a store near them for free. Visit any store to browse or return gifts. And no matter where your friends and family live, chances are there’s a Target store nearby.”

Why we love Target Registry

You can create your wedding registry at Target either online or at the store. It’s always nice to have options, right?

And with Target, you’ll enjoy a big selection of items for your wedding day wish list. So, you’re covered for pretty much anything you could possibly want.

Target Wedding Registry Perks:

If you’re solidly on Team Target it makes sense that you’d want to use them for putting together your wedding registry.

The big perk we see to this online wedding registry is that it’s super easy to use, and only Target carries some of our favorite clothing brands and products that are perfect for a new home, or couple starting their life together.

That’s important knowing all the other wedding related things you’re dealing with right now.

Benefits of Target Registry

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Like Walmart, Target offers a wide selection of things you’ll need as you start to build your household.

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The Target wedding registry offers a mind-blowingly generous 1 year window to make any returns or exchanges.

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You can do a return or exchange at any of their thousands of stores. No mailing back a a return!

Drawbacks of Target Registry

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If you’re into brand names, you won’t be able to find as many as you could elsewhere.

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There registry completion discount isn’t as large (only 15%) as some services.

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You can’t control the item’s shipping date. Again, this could be either a ‘pro’ or a ‘con’ really.

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (15% Completion Discount)

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Blueprint Registry

View Any Item In Your Room

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (2.5% credit/cash fee)

“Blueprint is a David’s Bridal company allowing nearlyweds to create a beautiful, free wedding website, build your registry with gifts from any retailer, and streamline everything from RSVPs to your honeymoon fund.”

Why we love Blueprint Registry

Finally, at #5 on our list of best online wedding registries we have Blueprint Registry.

Blueprint is similar to its cousin Zola in that you can add products to your list for either on or off the platform, so it’s very convenient.

Let’s examine some reasons why we’ve ranked Blueprint so highly.

Blueprint Registry Perks:

One really cool perk or thing we especially like about Blueprint is their slick ‘view it in your room’ feature.

You can digitally place an item in your space to see how it’ll look—and if you’re looking to score some furniture pieces ‘view it in your room’ is a HUGE plus!

Benefits of Blueprint Registry

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Their ‘view it in your room’ feature is THE BOMB.

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Your gift-givers can do a gift from the group or they can give you some cold hard cash.

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Blueprint will eat the 2.5% credit card or cash fee, so you and your guests don’t have to worry about it. That’s called ‘a cost of doing business’ my friends. Kudos to Blueprint!

Drawbacks of Blueprint Registry

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No gift and wedding list syncing. And there’s no way to create a wedding website.

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Blueprint isn’t as ‘big’ as some of the other online wedding registries. You’re likely to have to create and print your own little cards to send with your wedding invitations. So a little more legwork involved.

Cost To Sign Up: $0 (2.5% credit/cash fee)

Are you ready to register for your wedding gifts online?

While it isn’t as large as say Amazon or Walmart or even Target, we like Zola when it comes to the best online wedding registry service.

They offer a nice selection of wedding gifts and include other helpful services like syncing your guest list with your registry and they include a way for you to create a lovely wedding website.

All for free.

And we are big fans of free here at Weddings to the Wire! Time to start making that list of yours!

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