When I think about bridal registry programs, I think about weddings. I mean, who wouldn’t? And when I think about weddings, I think about the popular times of the year for couples to get engaged and to get married.
I got engaged in May and married in November. It’s probably no surprise that neither May nor November are popular months for engagements and weddings. Most couples get engaged at the holidays–usually at Christmas, around New Year’s or near to or on Valentine’s Day.
You know what are popular months for wedding? These are the top 5:
While it’s exciting to get married during a popular month, it can also be very expensive. You’ll save more money on your wedding when you get married in an off-season month (read: cold weather or winter).
You know what else can be expensive? Bridal registries. These can be expensive if your guests don’t buy the complete sets that you’ve registered for.
Some stores have better bridal registry programs. They are convenient and they offer a broader range of products. Plus, because they offer certain bonuses or freebies when you sign up to register or discounts on purchases after you’ve completed your registry or gotten married, these are the kinds of bridal registries that can save you money on wedding gifts.
Yes, that’s right–you the bride and groom can save money on gifts for yourself and/or get free gifts just for creating a bridal registry.
With these freebies and incentives in mind, here are the 7 best bridal wedding gift registries that can save you money–listed here in alphabetical order.
1. Amazon Bridal Registry
You get bonus free gifts when you register for certain brands and create an Amazon wedding registry. This is good to know if your bridal registry includes Calpahlon, Le Creuset and Cuisinart. With the Amazon wedding registry, you can get everything from free mixing bowls to a free high-end knife when you complete your registry. In addition, after your big day, Amazon will send you a 10 percent off coupon to help you finish out your registry. With an Amazon wedding registry, you can take advantage of the Universal Registry feature. You also have up to 180 days to return almost everything on their registry.
2. Bed, Bath and Beyond Bridal Registry
The Bed, Bath and Beyond bridal registry has partnered with certain brands that are popular on bridal registries to give you, the bride and groom, free stuff as a thank you for registering for those brands. Actually, the freebie comes when your guests buy the products. Then, you send in a redemption form for your free item.
Keep in mind that Bed, Bath and Beyond is one of the thousands of stores that you can access through Ebates. That means cash back on purchases!
3. Crate & Barrel Bridal Registry
Couples that create a wedding registry with Crate & Barrel can conceivably receive freebies and bonus gifts from 19 different brands. The trick is to register for those brands and have your guests buy certain items within those brands. These freebies and bonus gifts range from Crate & Barrel gift cards (as much as $50) to a whole set of flatware.
4. Dillard’s Bridal Registry
Starting 60 days after your wedding, you can take 20 percent off all items still not purchased from your Dillard’s bridal registry. You have two months to use this discount. This is part of the “Complete Your New Home” Completion Program at this department store. There are some restrictions so check out the details on the Dillard’s website. Dillard’s also offers an incentive program. This let’s you score freebies when you register for (and receive) certain items.
5. JCPenney Bridal Registry
Like some other stores JCPenney has its own wedding registry app (free, of course) plus other freebies and benefits for couple who register with the store. For example, during the six months after your wedding, JC Penney will give you a 10 percent discount on registry items you still need. Also, you’ll qualify for free gifts from brands when you register for their products and guests buy them. These brands range from Royal Velvet to Rachael Ray.
6. Macy’s Bridal Registry
Like with other department stores, brands have partnered with Macy’s bridal registry customers. This is how you get freebies and discounts when you register. At Macy’s there are more than two dozen brands participating, including Keurig. That Keurig freebie, for example, is two free stainless steel travel mugs (worth almost $50).
7. Target Bridal Registry
At some point during the year, Target may offer a free bonus Target gift card for between $50 and $100 to couples who register at the store. If you’re considering registering at Target, I would definitely ask. Even if that offer isn’t happening when you do set up your Target wedding registry, you will still get free benefits.
In addition to a 15 percent off discount for completing your registry, you’ll also get free gifts from certain brands when your guests purchase them off your registry. For example, you’ll receive two free ramekins when you register for and receive a CW by CorningWare four-piece set.
Finally, Target Red Card holders get a 5% discount on items that non-cardholders aren’t eligible for. So to save more, maybe a Target Red Card is in your future, too–along with a new spouse.