A gift registry is a particular type of wish list in Western countries.
A registry is a bit different than a typical "wish list". Actually, in the opinion of Apparel Search, it is an "upgraded" version of a wish list. Typically, when a recipient compiles a list of items they wish to receive and then distributes it to family and friends, they have created a wish list. A registry, on the other hand, is made public, and the retailer or registry system provider removes items from the list as they are purchased.
A bridal registry or wedding registry, is a service provided by a retail store or website that assists engaged couples in the communication of gift preferences to wedding guests. In other words, a way for the bride and groom to let people know what to purchase for the perfect gift. Equally or more important, the wedding registry would keep track of items already purchased. The goal of which is to limit the number of "duplicate" gifts.
Selecting items from the retailers availability, the bride & groom lists their desired items and files this list with the chosen merchant.
The registry can be used for gifts on the wedding day or at the showers.
Bridal showers and wedding showers have the same central theme. The concept is to "shower" the bride with gifts from their registries to start their new home and life together. If it's a bridal shower, that means it's the bride and her close female friends and family.
Traditionally, registries were limited to the stock of a given retailer, which maintained the list for the registrant and ensured that items were removed from the list as they were purchased. However, online gift registries that are not specific to any retailer have become an increasingly popular alternative to retailer-specific registries, as the former offers more flexible means of adding gifts and coordinating purchases, as well as social networking capabilities.
A fine example of an online bridal registry would be one maintained by Amazon.
If you are planning a wedding, we strongly suggest a wedding registry. It is a great tool for the newlyweds to tell their friends and family what they want for the wedding.
Don't forget to send your guests a thank you letter.