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As Amanda (née Carr) and her fiancé Dr. John Giardino, Jr. planned for their intimate spring wedding, they also realized they would soon be combining two households and needed to register accordingly for their wedding wish list. “We had a lot of the necessary items, but many of them were old and needed to be refreshed,” explains the bride. “This was the perfect opportunity to ask for pieces that would help bring our home towards something we envisioned!”
Since John has a demanding work schedule, he entrusted Amanda to manage the majority of the wedding registry duties, though he did join her on in-store excursions. “It was helpful to see the items in person and decide how they would fit into our lives,” shares the bride. The couple opted to register at several retailers and use Zola as the online resource to coordinate the registries into one website as a convenience for guests.
“The majority of our registry was Williams Sonoma/Williams Sonoma Home. However, we also registered with Amazon and Pottery Barn, and added some individual items through websites such as One Kings Lane, Caitlin Wilson Designs, and Amanda Lindroth,” adds Amanda.
Photo by Gary Nevitt Photography
“Every item we registered for was something we knew we would love, and we are grateful for the generosity of our family and friends!”
Though the bride and groom wanted pieces from various retailers, they found that Williams Sonoma became a central part of their registry because so many of the items fit into their lifestyle and design aesthetic. “The registry process was straightforward, and the items were ones that we loved and knew would last,” expresses Amanda. “Amazon was an easy pick for our registry because of the sheer quantity of choices offered. We knew that we could make selections from their website that were versatile and would fit into our guests’ various budgets. We used Zola for miscellaneous items that did not need a particular registry. Through their website, we were able to choose pieces to create the perfect blend.”
Ultimately, Amanda and John were incredibly happy with how they handled their wedding registry! “The amount of retailers we chose was enough to add variety without feeling overwhelmed,” admits the bride. “I enjoyed that Zola had a button I could add to my browser that would allow me to go to any website and add items from that site directly to my registry.”
Fortunately, the newlyweds have not had to return or exchange any gifts. “Every item we registered for was something we knew we would love, and we are grateful for the generosity of our family and friends!” emphasizes Amanda. John confides that he enjoyed participating in the process because it surprisingly became sentimental. “Seeing how excited Amanda was as we looked at the various items together, envisioning using them in the future as a couple and as we build our family was a wonderful experience,” he says.
“Have various price points, so that each guest can pick something that they are excited to give.”
“Looking around our home, I can remember who gave us each item and be reminded of our wedding day.”
“Some items may be out of stock, so have a buffer to help guests find something else they want to buy as a gift.”
This story was originally published as a Wish List feature in the Winter 2022 issue of Inside Weddings magazine. To order a copy of the Winter 2022 issue, visit our library of Inside Weddings back issues available for purchase.
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