As of 2015, the best traditional retailers to register for a wedding are Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Best Buy, according to Brides magazine. Brides also recommends Amazon.com and Newlywish as two online alternatives to in-store wedding registries.
Other recommended traditional retailers include favorites such as Bloomingdales, Macy's, Zola and Kohl's. These stores are suggested for a wedding registry because their large inventories contain most of the common household essentials and personal wish list items. They are also convenient for most brides and wedding guests, as they have brick-and-mortar locations across the United States in addition to fully-catalogued websites. Many of these stores offer discounts or gifts when guests purchase items off their wedding registry. Some retailers, such as Zola and Best Buy, enable a feature called "group gifts" where several people can contribute the funds necessary to purchase big-ticket items such as expensive furniture or electronics.
Amazon.com offers a unique wedding registry option because it allows users to add items from other websites onto their universal gift registry. It is also a convenient option because the entire registry can be completed from home. Similarly, Newlywish allows users to register online both for items from the brand's catalogue and for items from offsite retailers. Newlywish also allows users to register for experiences, such as wine tasting classes or honeymoon excursions.