Bridal registry

Bridal registry

A bridal registry is a service provided by retail stores to assist engaged couples in the communication of gift preferences to wedding guests. Selecting items from store stock, the couple lists desired items and files this list with the chosen merchant. The list is then made available to wedding guests, either by the couple's family or the merchant. Upon the purchase of a listed item, the registry is updated accordingly. In addition to providing valuable information for the buyer, the system helps prevent the receipt of duplicate or unwanted gifts, potentially saving time for both giver and recipient.

The practice of a bridal registry was first instituted by Chicago-founded department store Marshall Field's in 1924 at its Marshall Field and Company Building as a means for the engaged couple to indicate chosen china, silver and crystal patterns to family and friends. US-based Target stores were the first to introduce an electronic self-service gift registry in 1993, using a service provided by The Gift Certificate Center, Minneapolis, MN. [Star Tribune (Minneapolis - St. Paul) "Technology, bridal registry are joined together at Target" 1993-06-11] The technology was invented and subsequently patented by William J. Veeneman et al, the founder and CEO of The Gift Certificate Center. [United States Patent and Trademark office Patent No. 5,754,981. (Enter patent number at:]


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  • bridal registry — /ˈbraɪdl rɛdʒəstri/ (say bruydl rejuhstree) noun (plural bridal registries) 1. a gift registry at a retail or online store where a couple planning a wedding can register a list of suggested items as a guide to people wishing to buy a wedding gift …   Australian English dictionary

  • bridal registry — noun A list of gifts, maintained by a department store, that a couple about to be married would like to receive. Syn: wedding registry …   Wiktionary

  • bridal registry — …   Useful english dictionary

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  • registry — /ˈrɛdʒəstri / (say rejuhstree) noun (plural registries) 1. the act of registering; registration. 2. a place where a register is kept; an office of registration. 3. a list compiled as a register, as a bridal registry, birthday registry, etc.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • registry — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ central ▪ a central registry for all applicants ▪ district (BrE), national, regional ▪ land (BrE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • bridal — adj. Bridal is used with these nouns: ↑bouquet, ↑gown, ↑magazine, ↑party, ↑registry, ↑shower, ↑suite, ↑veil, ↑wear …   Collocations dictionary

  • Gift registry — A gift registry is a particular type of wish list. Typically, when a recipient compiles a list of items they wish to receive and then hands it out to family and friends, they have created a wish list. A registry, on the other hand, is made public …   Wikipedia

  • wedding registry — noun A bridal registry …   Wiktionary

  • wedding registry — /ˈwɛdɪŋ rɛdʒəstri/ (say weding rejuhstree) noun (plural wedding registries) → bridal registry. Also, wedding register …   Australian English dictionary

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