In today's digital-first world, there's a good chance that most of your wedding guests shop online, which is why it might be tempting to skip an in-store registry with a big-name retailer or department store in favor of online-only gift lists. While you can certainly create a digital registry, it's still important to set up at least one in-store option for family and friends who may want to shop at a brick and mortar establishment. No matter how tech-savvy your guests are, many of them still prefer to visit the actual store when shopping for such a special occasion, perhaps even pairing a selection from your registry with a thoughtful item they spot or else paying a little extra to have your gift beautifully wrapped. And you can't forget the fact that certain guests—like your grandma—just don't shop online at all.
Although there's no rule that says you need to create an in-store registry, it's a thoughtful gesture for any guests who don't want to shop online. That's why your best bet is to pair one or two registries at major retailers (that can be shopped both in-store or online) with one or two online-only options, like Amazon or a honeymoon registry. In general, three different shopping options tends to be the sweet spot, as this ensures your gift list has something for everyone, no matter how they like to shop or what sort of gift they'd like to give.
If what's deterring you and your fiancé from setting up an in-store registry is the thought of having to actually go into the store itself to create it, the good news is that practically every major retailer offers the option of setting up your list from the comfort of your couch. In fact, several even offer helpful checklists and guides outlining the must-have registry basics so you'll be armed with everything you need to make informed decisions at home.
Still, there's nothing quite like seeing colors or patterns in person and really being able to feel the quality of the items you're considering, which is why we suggest stopping by the store at least once or twice. We think you'll find that shopping for beautiful housewares for your new home is actually pretty fun, so go ahead and embrace the occasion by making a date of it. (Just be sure to have a game plan before you go, so you don't end up adding items that you probably don't need.)