Wedding registries are big business. Statistics show that $19+ million is spent annually buying wedding gifts through registries. If you’re about to tie the knot, some of that $19 million is headed in your direction! But no need to spend it all in one place—or simply give your registry business away to the first vendor who asks for it. Rather, shop around. Look for perks and see which vendor is willing to work hard to gain your trust and your business. Here’s a list of some of the best wedding registry perks out there so you know what to ask for when interviewing vendors.

KCL’s favorite wedding registry

Here are KCL, we LOVE Target (and we know we’re not the only ones)! Since so many people consider Target their favorite place to shop, it’s super convenient to register there. Whenever one of my friends (especially a friend who lives in a different state) chooses Target for their wedding registry, I immediately start thinking about using my Target REDcard! Using it to purchase my friend’s wedding gift will ensure I get free shipping and a 5% discount! It’s a win-win for everyone!

1. Discounts

Vendors offer registry discounts in a variety of ways. One popular way is to offer a discount on additional items of a certain brand once a specified dollar amount has been purchased (for instance, a 10% discount to the couple on any All-Clad item purchase after guests have purchased $500 in All-Clad registry items).

Examples of vendors that offer discounts:

  • Macy's: Macy's is offering a discount of $20 off a future purchase for every registry customer who selects a registry gift worth $50 or more.
  • Sears: Sears offers a unique "give together" perk that permits a group of guests to pool funds to purchase a higher ticket item.

2. Freebies

Freebies can vary greatly from vendor to vendor. One vendor may offer a free meal or a free stay at a local hotel. Another may offer a free gift card for a certain dollar amount if you register for a particular item the vendor wants to sell to your guests (for instance, a free place setting if the guest buys you one place setting of a particular kind).

Examples of vendors that offer freebies:

  • Target: Target gives you a "welcome packet" and a special free gift (rumors have it that the gift is a $20 gift card, but the website doesn't specify).
  • Crate & Barrel: Crate & Barrel offers free personalized digital and printable Save the Date cards courtesy of Paperless Post. The store also offers a free curated download of apps, books, tunes, and more to registrants.

3. Completion deals

One of the longest-standing perks offered to couples opening a registry is the "completion deal." This perk is simple; after the wedding, the couple has the option to purchase all remaining registry items for a percentage off retail value (typically at 10-20% off retail).

Examples of vendors that offer completion deals:

  • Target: Pick a date after your wedding, and you can receive 15% off all unsold registry items on that date.
  • Dillard's: Dillard’s offers 20% off on un-bought registry items starting 60 days after the wedding date and lasting for two months' time.

4. List-building and buying incentives

Another newer popular perk is to offer a couple that creates a registry with a certain minimum number of items (for instance, 10 or 20 items) an extra incentive. A variant is to offer "rewards points" (or some similarly named incentive) on every purchase that adds up to future cash value for the couple.

Examples of vendors that offer incentives:

  • Macy's: Macy's offers points for each "eligible item" on your registry. Those points add up to dollars, which you can then spend later on additional items.
  • Kohl's: Kohl's offers couples "rewards points" in the amount of 10% of the price of each purchased registry item.

5. Partner offers

Yet another perk that is becoming more and more prevalent is the "partner offer." With this perk, the vendor offers a freebie, discount, or incentive not from their own inventory, but from a partner vendor. For instance, the couple registers with a vendor, and that vendor offers them a discount on floral services provided by one of their partner companies.

Examples of vendors that offer partner offers:

  • Dillard's: While technically the store calls it an incentive program, the incentives are offered through store partner vendors. When you register for specific branded items, you can then receive an additional discount or freebie from that vendor partner.
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond: Bed, Bath & Beyond's website has a long list of partner vendors offering free gifts to couples who select their brands for a registry.