Somewhere around 2.3 million couples get married every year. The average wedding budget sits around $20,000. While that is a pretty hefty price tag, many couples receive a large number of gifts through their registries. Approximately $19 billion is spent on wedding registry gifts each year. To make your big day even more special, there are even some wedding registries that offer free gifts.
Wedding Registries That Offer Free Gifts
The period of time you are engaged and planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times in life. One of the more fun tasks of getting prepared for the big day is registering for gifts. As more retailers begin to offer registries, they have also begun to find a way to offer up free gifts. Here are some of the freebies you can get for registering with these retailers…
Amazon has a number of freebies available to couples who register on the site. Most are bonus gifts that are thrown in when certain purchases are made. For instance, if you buy a piece of cookware, a bonus pan is added to the order.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond is a more traditional retailer to register with for your big day. Like Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond offers free bonus gifts. You can view the possibilities in the company’s FreeBook, but they range from small appliances to dinnerware. Also, a completion discount will be added to anything left on your registry after the wedding.
Bloomingdale’s gives couples who register with them a $100 gift card when you spend $500+ on a registry. You’ll also get a 10 percent discount on any items left on your registry for up to six months after the wedding. Just like the previously mentioned retailers, Bloomingdale’s has bonus gifts available too for certain purchases.
Bon-Ton isn’t always listed among wedding registries that offer free gifts. You’ll need to check with the retailer directly. However, they have been known to offer free gift cards to newly registered couples.
Crate & Barrel
Register with select vendors at Crate & Barrel and receive free bonus gifts. For instance, once your guests have purchased $500 of Caphalon cookware, you will receive a free griddle. These freebies will change from time-to-time so you’ll want to check in-store. Crate & Barrel also offers any couple registered there a percentage off a tux rental, free save the date announcements, and 10 percent off all purchases six months after you get married.
The Container Store
The Container Store can help you stay organized in your newly married life. They’ll give you a free portable file tote for registering there. Additionally, free shipping and gift wrapping are offered on orders over a certain dollar amount.
Dillard’s has some of the most attractive wedding registry freebies. You will get a free “I thee wed” wedding and home planner. You’ll also get free shower enclosure cards. Like many other registries, Dillard’s offers completion discounts and gifts. After your wedding, when you visit the store, you’ll receive a free gift (like a cookbook).
Certain brands available at Dillard’s also offer bonus gifts when you purchase certain items on your registry. These include Dillard’s china and stemware, and other cooking items. Anyone buying anything from your registry will also receive free gift wrapping.
JCPenney has a number of incentives available for engaged couples who register with them. Many of the freebies are bonus gifts depending on the purchase of another item. For instance, you can get a free Calphalon knife and trivet with the purchase of $400 in Calphalon products. Other freebies include a UDB flash drive, a mixing bowl set, recipes, cookbooks, magazine subscriptions, free liqueur glasses, and even a knife set.
When you buy any three gifts after signing up for a wedding registry at Kohl’s, get a free bonus gift. Choices include a Calphalon knife and trivet, small heart dish, and a petite saucepan.
Macy’s offers a ton of rewards for people who register with them. Couples get 10 percent off every eligible purchase made during their registry timeline in addition to 5 percent rewards (given in the form of a gift card after the wedding). You’ll also get a free coupon book and brand completion gifts as well, like the retailers above. Macy’s offers a 20 percent discount on any purchases made after the wedding as well.
Sur La Table
When you register for select items, Sur La Table will give you free wedding gifts. Without making a single purchase, you have the chance to get a free cookbook, cut-resistant glove, gift card, or apron.
Target gives couples who register with them 15 percent off any gifts you don’t receive from your list. You also have a full year to exchange or return anything. By adding certain brands to your registry, you’ll also get free bonus gifts when items from your list are purchased. These offers change from time-to-time so you’ll want to see what the latest deal is that Target has.
Things Remembered is a great place to get personalized gifts. When you register for their bridal newsletter you’ll get a free personalized keepsake heart.
Register for gifts with select vendors at Williams-Sonoma and earn bonus gifts. Some brands gift something small for just adding them to your registry (no purchase necessary).
More Than One Registry is a Good Idea
Registering in more than one place is a good idea, too, especially if you have family traveling in for your wedding. Because the same retailers aren’t located everywhere, it may be easier for them to pick up something at Walmart or have it sent directly to you through Amazon.
Just be sure that if you register at one or more of the places listed above you are able to monitor what has been purchased. If you can, try not to double register for anything – or give people the open to mark it bought from a larger collective list.
Readers, have you heard of other wedding registries that offer free gifts?