In Singapore, it is the norm to present newlyweds with ang paos (money packets). But for couples who'd much rather receive cool gadgets and practical gifts to furnish their new home, wedding registries are the way to go. After all, it saves your guests the trouble of deciding whether to get you yet another blender. To help you compile your ultimate wedding day wish list, here are a handful of gift stores in Singapore and online portals with gift registries.
The Japanese department store has everything you could possibly need to start a new life together as a couple – from designer tableware to cutting-edge electrical appliances, cooking essentials, stylish bedding, and home decor and more. Takashimaya's Bridal Service is on hand to help you select the right gifts to craft your dream registry. No registration fee is required and gift registries can be set up approximately six weeks prior to your big day.
Takashimaya Department Store, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873. p. 6506 0458.
Villeroy & Boch
Every couple needs the finest tableware for their new home and for that, look no further than the world-renowned Villeroy & Boch. For over 200 years, the German brand has been the leading producer of premium porcelain and ceramic products such as plates cups, glasses, cutlery, and glassware in a myriad styles: from country chic to modern, minimalist or holiday-themed.
Villeroy & Boch, #01-74/76 Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906, p. 6384 7309.
Have your heart set on a kitchen kitted out with quirky crockery and shiny gizmos? Then leave it to Lemon Zest, a culinary haven where a plethora of colourful cooking utensils, baking accessories, gleaming pots, pans, linens, aprons, and disposable party wares awaits. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store picking out the prettiest items for your wish list, plus your guests will dig the affordable price tags.
Lemon Zest, #01-08 Chip Bee Gardens, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Holland Village, Singapore 278115. p. 6571 0566. Open daily 10am-7pm.
That's right Etsy lovers: you can now set up your own wedding registry on everyone's favourite indie online marketplace. With over 1 million independent sellers listed on the site, you'll find plenty of artsy, one-of-a-kind home wares, decorative accessories, gadgets, and other gifts to compile your ultimate wedding wish list.
Endless choices with just a click of a button? Where better to set up a gift registry than on the world's largest e-tailer. From flatware to furniture and flatscreen TVs, imagine having a mind-boggling range of gift choices right at your fingertips. Better yet: Amazon also offers a host of other perks including a 180-day return policy and 10% storewide discount after your Big Day.
Double Happiness Singapore
Have friends and family who want to send their love from overseas? Wherever they live, Double Happiness’s online registry will make buying and sending gifts a total breeze. And the choices are pretty stellar too: ranging from Cuisinart, Kenwood, and Kitchenaid gadgets to Jamie Oliver kitchenware, Sheridan bedlinen, and Wedgewood tableware. Simply click on an item you covet to compile your list, send your loved ones the link to the registry, and let them do the rest. If nothing on your list catches their fancy, they can even toss in a surprise pressie or gift voucher.
Perfect for all occasions – weddings, bridal showers, baby christenings – this online consolidation services sure knows how to make setting up a gift registry a total breeze. MyRegistry lets you add any item from any online store to your gift registry – just add the "Add to MyRegistry" button on browser's bookmarks bar, and click away! Couples who prefer the gift of money (don't we all?) can also opt for a cash gift fund, where their loved ones can contribute by using a credit card or Paypal.