5 Tips for Personalizing Your Wedding Registry
Zola offers couples thousands of products, experiences and cash fund options so you can create your dream wish list
Long gone are the days when a wedding registry was filled with items that would look natural in the Downton Abbey pantry. Today, couples can fill their wish lists with pretty much anything their hearts’ desire: bottles of wine, art for their home, an experience they can share together or even cold hard cash. Thanks to technology, and some super-stylish curators, Zola ensures that an engaged couple’s dream registry is only a few clicks away.
To help alleviate one more wedding stress trigger, Zola’s easy-to-use registry is entirely customizable. How? No matter your taste, your needs, or what you plain just desire, you can have friends and family buy more traditional items or contribute to a fund that helps cover the expense of whatever it is you’re saving up for.
This modern-style registry is free (yes, you read that right it’s free) so you don’t have to worry about taking some funds away from your wedding reception budget. Then, Zola will help add to your budget by gifting you $50 of Zola credit when you receive $500 in Zola gifts. Couples can create their wedding registry and update it at any time through their beautiful website or iPhone app. You can also use their barcode scanner via your phone’s camera to add anything to your registry from any retailer. And speaking of scanning, couples can shop Zola from the company’s downtown Townhouse at 43 Crosby Street. The “home” is filled with a huge array of products for every room. Appointments are necessary, so email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before you plan to go to secure yours.
So now that you know where to register and that your wedding registry will definitely not resemble your parents’, here are a few Twirl Tips on how to personalize it and truly make it yours:
Personalize Your Registry Page
Just like your wedding website, you can customize your wedding registry’s webpage. Add photos to ensure that guests know they’ve landed in the right place, pick your favorite colors, or the wedding’s colors, to trim the page and leave a sweet notes for friends and family too. Zola will also allow you to lead guests towards specific gifts that you’ve placed in a custom collection to ensure that they see what you want most of all.
Enjoy an Experience Together
If you’d rather spend time together over a romantic dinner or sharing a hobby, then add some experiential gifts to your wedding registry. Zola has dozens of local gift ideas that include food tours in select neighborhoods, membership to Citi Bike, spa treatments and recreational activities from a hot air balloon ride to a golf outing to jet skiing.
Give Back by Including a Charity
Is there an organization that’s close to your hearts? Whatever it is you can encourage your guests to make a donation in honor of your wedding through Zola’s Funds feature. Include an explanation as to why you chose this particular organization so guests understand why it’s important to you. And if you can’t decide on just one, you can pick several!
Change Your Mind? Digitally Exchange It!
Deciding that a gift you thought you wanted is no longer right for your home doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it. Zola allows you to exchange gifts digitally so you don’t have to wait for it to arrive and then lug it or ship it back to a store. You’ll receive Zola Store Credits that can be used toward any other product sold on Zola. How awesome is that?!
Don’t Limit Yourself to Only One Store
You know how you can pin all your favorite wedding ideas all over the web to your wedding Pinterest board? Well, you can do that with registry gifts too! While Zola.com has thousands of products for your home and hobbies, the site also lets you add products from other retailers. Simply add Zola’s “Add to Zola” button to your bookmarks bar and then when you’re browsing online and find something that catches your eye, click it, and the information will automatically be pulled into your registry. You can either accept the gift or the cash value to go buy it yourself. Your call.