I told you guys I’d bring you along for the wild wedding ride SO here’s another peek inside our engagement process: BUILDING AN ONLINE REGISTRY.
BECAUSE who has time to go to a department store (or “Bloomingdales”) for a gazillion hours only to stare at crystal vases & salad spinners?
Ok so, recently I was introduced to Zola, a super easy home store & wedding registry that’s completely customizable. Everything’s in one place— gifts, experiences, honeymoon & cash funds, plus anything from ANY store. So if you want a snazzy salad spinner but don’t want to go to the mall, this is VERY perfect for you. It’s especially fantastic for someone like me, who has no time ( or patience…especially with the wedding stuff, don’t kill me ).
The whole process was super easy — like customizing our registry with photos and notes, so it feels special for us and also our guests. And we did it all from our couch!
We wanted to show what we registered for, so Michael & I created a collage of what we both loved…a HIM & HER kind of thing:
HIM: Donate to the Chihuahua Rescue | Waterford Tumbler Set | Waffle Maker | Brain Bookends | Pizza Peel
Registries are tricky. It’s one of those things that I think can either go really GREAT or really…not so great. Luckily we discovered Zola just in time.
Also, I was drawn to the fact that your friends can do GROUP GIFTING. SO, SO economical because let’s get real, this isn’t 1991 when the economy was up & everyone could afford Waterford Crystal stemware.
Group gifting is just a fabulous idea all around really. It totally takes the pressure off, in my opinion. It allowed us to register for a vineyard tour & wine tasting experience ALONG with a Vitamix. Plus I really don’t need another toaster oven, you know?
Another feature: you can online gift swap. EASY. Like I said, Zola gets that brides are busy babes now-a-days, the quicker the better. Thankful to not have to deal with a gazillion boxes at once.
Also, here’s the thing, I love Zola because it’s not only about gifts, we also used it to give back to our favorite charity. How cool is that?
HOW SPECIAL is it to give a gift to a bride & groom, knowing it will benefit a great cause? LOVE IT.
Ultimately, I’m ALL about our guests helping us support our favorite charities. Such a fun idea.
Brides to be & wifey’s: what was your experience with registries? Any tippity-tips I’m missing? Keeping it simple is key for us.
Stay tuned for another wedding update soon,