Building Your Wedding Registry: Zola’s How-To Guide

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The question’s been popped, you’ve said yes – and now the fun begins! But while dress shopping and cake tastings are all fun and games, creating your wedding registry can seem a bit more…well, daunting. How are you supposed to know what you need, how much you need, or where to even begin?

That’s where we come in. Zola has got the art of helping you create your wedding registry down to a science. Read on for our simple tips and tricks on how to build the perfect registry for the two of you, so you can keep your sanity intact and focus on the big picture.

1. Register for what you really want – but remember it’s okay to change your mind!

Chances are, everyone from your mom to your cousin to your cousin’s ex-best-friend twice removed will have something to say about what you should register for. Our advice? Listen, but ultimately go with your gut. With over 200 brands and 10,000 products to choose from, chances are you’ll find something you love on Zola. Have your eye on something particularly pricey from another store? You can add anything from any site with our Add to Zola button and turn on the group-gifting option so multiple guests can contribute. And if you already have all the kitchen appliances you need, try registering for cash & honeymoon funds, or an experience you can enjoy together – from cooking to hiking, we have something for everyone!

Having commitment issues about the items on your registry? Don’t give it a second thought. Zola lets you virtually exchange your gifts before they even ship, and you can control when your gifts get sent to you. So take your time mulling it over.

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2. If you’re not sure what you want, let Zola inspire you!

It’s tough figuring out what it is you want – we totally get it! That’s why we created our Starter Collections. Carefully curated by the Zola team, they’re the perfect place to get some design inspiration and feel out the look you’re going for. Combined with the Zola Planner and Checklist, which help you decide how many and which gifts you need, you’re on the road to registry success.

Still uncertain? Touch base with our Registry Advisor who can not only help you select your gifts but also import external registries, provide assistance for your guests, and ensure you have the best experience possible.

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3. Personalize, personalize, personalize.

With Zola, you can truly make a one-of-a-kind registry that speaks to you as a couple. Upload a custom cover photo or choose from an array of our gorgeous options. Include a couple photo and personalized note for your guests to see. Organize your gifts into collections to make shopping easier for your guests, and include notes with your gifts to let them know why each one is special. You’ll even have you own URL to share with your loved ones so they can easily find your registry.

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4. Let technology do the hard work 

Keeping track of normal life is tough enough, so we created a Gift Tracker to make keeping tabs on your gifts a piece of cake. By tracking gifts and who gave it to you, thank-you note writing just got a whole lot simpler.

And don’t forget about the app! The Zola App (for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch) lets you register for gifts on-the-go, and mobile alerts ensure you’ll always be in-the-know when it comes to the goings-on of your registry. The app even includes a barcode scanner in case you see something you like while out and about!

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