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The Do’s and Don’ts of Setting Up a Target Wedding Registry


So you want to start registering for all those great home goods and kitchen gadgets, but have no idea where to start? A Target wedding registry is a great place to start. After all, what other wedding registry store has locations in practically every major city AND lets you get everything from towels to pillows to trash cans and dish soap? And the major bonus? The Target wedding registry perks are beating a lot of our former favorites (we won’t name names). Here’s what you need to know …

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How to Set Up Your Target Wedding Registry

Creating a target registry is super easy. All you need to do is register with your existing target email address (or create an account if you don’t already have one). They’ll ask if you want to join Target Circle, which you can decide if you want to do. Then you need to fill in your event details, such as partner’s name, wedding date, location and shipping address. You can also choose whether to make your registry public or private. We always recommend private, but it’s up to you!

Start With Their Checklist

Once you create an account, you’ll be taken to your main registry page, which you can access online mobile with the Target Registry App. You can add a welcome note for family and friends as well as a photo. You can also shop through their “my checklist” section on your registry website. This interactive checklist allows you to click on a category such as “cookware sets” that directly takes you to your options.

Shop the Target Wedding Registry Categories

If you’ve ever been to a target you know they have pretty much anything and everything you need. Which can also get overwhelming. So we recommend starting with their categories first. On your main Target wedding registry page choose “Add Items.” From there you’ll see Kitchen, Bedding, Bath, Home Decor, and about a dozen more. They even have a Home Improvement section so you can register for that Tool Kit (after that Nespresso machine you’ve been eyeing and Dyson V8 vacuum, of course).

You also don’t have to search by only category. If you have a certain item you’ve been eyeing, just type it into the search bar on the upper right. Once you get to the product page, just click “Add to Registry,” and it will magically show up on your list! You can also shop by brand, such as Cuisinart, OXO, and tons more.

You can also add group gifts to your Target wedding registry, which is perfect for those expensive gifts (like that Dyson). But more on that below!

Add a Gift Fund:

Target recently teamed up with Honeyfund, the OG cash fund registry, to help you register for everything from your dream home to a down payment on a house. What’s great about Honeyfund is that you can register for different experiences, such as a Honeymoon Resort, Honeymoon Travel, Honeymoon Cruise, and more. Read more about our favorite honeymoon wedding registries and how they work.

Target Wedding Registry Perks:

In addition to free shipping and free returns, you

Exclusive offers: Who doesn’t love a great free gift? Um, nobody. Which makes the “Exclusive Wedding Days Offers” on the Target wedding registry a definite win. Past promotions include one from Keurig where if you receive a Keurig brewer from your registry, you’ll get 2 free travel mugs. We like the sound of that.

Registry Coupon: The week of your event date, Target will enable a 15% coupon that can be used once online and one in store.

The Target Registry App: Easy-to-navigate app that allows you to browse items and add them to your registry, look at your checklist and scan items to your registry in store through camera access through the app.

Returns / Exchanges: Flexible policy that allows returns and exchanges up to a year after your wedding day.

Universal Registry:

Target’s wedding registry includes a “Universal Registry” feature which works through a bookmarks link on your computer. If there is a product you want, but it’s not available through target, you can add the product through another retailer’s website. For example, they list Williams Sonoma as a partner, and we were able to successfully add a set of their Encore Cabernet Wine Glasses. You simply add items by clicking the bookmark while on the product page on the retailer’s website. A widget appears requesting a description of the item, the quantity desired and the product category. Guests can click the view / buy button on your Target registry page and will be redirected to the Williams Sonoma site to purchase directly. Note: Items must be returned or exchanged at the third-party retailer. While a great feature to have, we’re not sure it totally eliminates the need for a second registry.

Group Gifting:

We were excited about this feature, as it allows guests to chip in and contribute to a larger token item as a group through an eGift card. The first guest starts by creating the gift card and indicating a date they want the gift to be delivered. The guest can include a personalized note and photos. Then, he / she can optionally invite friends to chip in by providing their email address and / or phone number. Other guests can then contribute (adding personalized notes / photos) until the monetary need is met. The gift card is then shipped at the requested date with all of the guest’s messages and photos. Though we love the group gifting option that’s available via other wedding registries, this one’s a bit more complicated since it’s through an eGift card. Just something to keep in mind!

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