WEDDING

Amazon Wedding Registry Review – Pros and Cons

Couple using Amazon registry

If you’re looking for the best site or store for a bridal registry, you’ll be inundated with all the choice available. Of these, Amazon’s bridal registry is one of the more popular ones, considering that the online retailer offers almost everything under the sun on their site!

In this review, we’ll look at whether the Amazon bridal registry is one that you should consider for your wedding, it’s pros and cons and how to get started.

What is a Wedding Registry?

For those of you in the dark, a bridal registry is a service offered by a store in which the couple’s gift preferences are recorded and made available to their family and friends. These guests can then choose to purchase gifts from the list, instead of randomly buying whatever they feel like. Creating a bridal registry is the best way to ensure that you and your groom will embark on your new journey together with the things that you actually want to have in your lives.

Amazon registry page

Amazon’s Wedding Registry. Check Here.

Amazon is one of the largest online retailers and ranks in one of the top three spots for product search results on all the major search engines.

It now offers an online bridal registry service that many couples opt for due to the convenience and numerous options to choose from. The registry contains a massive selection of inventory and offers discounts for items that remain unpurchased. There are numerous benefits to creating your registry with a giant in the online space. Here are just some of them:

  • 180-day returns
  • 20% off after wedding prices
  • Fast and free shipping
  • Group gifting
  • Free bonus gifts
  • 5% off on big items
  • Financing for gifts
  • Easy send thanks to your guests

These are just some of the benefits you get from your Amazon wedding registry. These are pretty generous incentives, which is why many couples choose to go this route. If you’re interested, here’s how you would create your own Amazon wedding registry.

How does Amazon bridal registry work?

In order to create an online registry on Amazon, you need to have an Amazon account. Your guests will also need to have one to purchase the gifts on your list. The process of registering is quite simple. You would have to provide some information such as your and your partner’s names, the shipping address and the wedding date and venue. Once you’ve filled in this information, you can start adding items to your registry.

How do I adjust privacy settings?

Bride and groom discussing about Amazon registry for their wedding

When you create your registry, you can make it visible only to yourself or to the public. Making it visible to the public means that anyone, not only your friends and family, can search and view it. You also have the option to make it visible only to people who have its unique link.

If you make the registry public, your guests will be able to find it by visiting Amazon and entering your name in the ‘Find your registry’ search box. You can share the registry with your relatives and friends via Facebook, Twitter, E-mail or by providing them with its URL.

Does Amazon have a return policy?

Amazon does have a generous return policy which allows you to return any item within 180 days of delivery. This policy is only for items purchased off the wish list by others. If you are purchasing items off your own registry, then there is only a 30-day returns period.

When you return something, the refund will be sent to you in the form of a gift certificate from Amazon. Keep in mind that there are no brick-and-mortar Amazon stores which means that if you are returning something, you will need to ship the unwanted items back yourself.

Is there a completion discount?

If there are items left on your list after your day is over, Amazon offers a wedding registry completion discount which allows you to save on any of the remaining items that you may decide to purchase yourself. You are given a one-time-use promo code which you must enter at the checkout in order to redeem the discount. Discounts vary depending on the type of membership you hold.

If you’re a Prime member on Amazon, you will receive up to a 20% discount and if you’re a non-Prime member, you will receive a 10% discount on gifts that remain on your list. Amazon not only offers generous completion discounts, but they also give you the chance to earn bonus gifts. If you register for certain items or brands and if your guests purchase these, you will receive a bonus gift.

Does Amazon offer a large variety of products?

Amazon registry page

Amazon’s Wedding Registry. Check Here.

Well… duh. Amazon is an online marketplace that sells millions of wedding registry gift options which is likely to please almost any couple, no matter how finicky they may be.  There are numerous products which you can browse through and add to your wedding registry and it’s quite unlikely that you will run out of options.

The products are endless, and you can find gifts in all price ranges so that your guests will have a large enough set of choices to choose from. In addition to this, you will also find many of the best branded so if you and your partner prefer to have high quality, branded goods, then this is the perfect store for you.

How does shipping and tracking work?

The cost and speed of shipping depend on the item that is ordered and the membership status of your guests. For guests who are non-Prime members, Amazon offers free standard shipping on wedding registry orders of $25 or more.

For Prime members, the usual two-day free shipping is available on items that are eligible. If you are interested to know when the gifts will arrive, you will have to contact customer service or ask the guests who bought them for the updates. The option of order tracking is available only to the person who has purchased the gift.

What is gift prioritization?

If there are gifts on your registry that you need more than others, change the priority setting on these items to ‘High Priority’. This will let your guests know that these are the items you need the most. You can also add comments to each product for your guests to read, telling them why you need a specific item and how it will be useful for you in the future.

What are the drawbacks?

Couple looking looking at laptop

Many couples prefer to register with Amazon because of its excellent features such as the convenient thank-you list it offers, post-wedding discounts and the lengthy returns period. The best feature of this online store is the vast selection of products.

However, there are some drawbacks that should be taken into consideration before you decide to register.

Since Amazon is an online store, your guests will not be able to see the actual item that they are buying. This would be inconvenient for those who prefer to shop from a physical store so that they can assess the quality of the product before they make the purchase. The registry would not work well for couples who also prefer to pick out their gifts in a store.

Another disadvantage is that not all items on Amazon can be shipped internationally. In these cases, there may be high shipping fees.

Should I choose the Amazon Wedding Registry?

Before you decide whether or not to register, carefully weigh the pros and cons.

If you’re registering at a brick-and-mortar store you can always choose to simultaneously register with Amazon as well. Try to make things as convenient as possible for you and your guests.

If you like, you can register with Amazon so your guests who prefer to shop online have an option, and you can register with a physical store as well for those who would enjoy shopping in-store.