Insider tips from Zola to make your wedding registry just right for you #Sponsors: Web Services#honeymoon registry#registry#web tools March 24 2015 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Zola is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide! As you've probably already learned from your likely experiences trying to register at your local big box store, it can be daunting and restricting to say the least. And that's not even taking into account the gifting limitations for your guests. We've gathered some tips from our sponsor Zola to make sure your registry is as flexible, usable, and customizable as we know it can be. Otherwise it can just be a world of brain hurt. Let's get to the tips! Make your registry represent YOU Customize your registry to your personal style with notes, collections, pictures, and a custom URL. Take a peek at Zola's tools for a great example of customization. Photo by Braedon Flynn Register for what you actually want Find a registry that allows you to register from lots of stores and websites so that you can pick and choose things you'll actually use (or experiences you want!). Mix and match your choices with traditional gifts and homewares, experiences like a couples cooking class or outdoor hike, and even pricier items you’ve had your eye on like a couch, television, or a big set of offbeat china. Mark it for Group Gifting and multiple friends can contribute to it. Offer a honeymoon and cash funds option to help offset the cost of those big purchases that need cash. Our sponsor Zola has a super useful "Add to Zola" Button, so you can easily add anything from anywhere online, including handmade and local items. Get inspiration and help when you need it Some registries have tools that help you out when you're stuck. The Zola Buying Guide breaks down what you might need from each category to get your gears turning. Starter Collections will kick start your brain, too. You can browse curated collections based on the basics, and your style and interests. Zola's Registry Concierge allows you AND your guests to get help with the registry and will even import your other registries! Now we're talking: let technology do the heavy-lifting Zola offers some neato technology powerhouses to take on the burden for you: iPhone App: Register for anything with on-the-go with features like a barcode scanner, mobile alerts, and Registry Planner. Gift Tracker: Track each gift and who gave it to you (a lifesaver for thank-yous!). Virtual Exchange: Swap your gifts for ones you want before you send them. Send It Later: Decide exactly when you want your gifts shipped. Photo by Zola Ooh, here's a deal from Zola for readers of Offbeat Bride! They are offering $25 to spend when you set up their registry with them. New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between 3/24/15 and 6/24/15. Credits will be placed into the couple's Zola account four weeks after a couple's registry is published live. Click here to take advantage of the offer! We heart Zola because it's super effortless, beautiful, and easy to use, and they know exactly what we like. Take a peek at their offerings and see if you agree. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS We'll be your free wedding hashtag generator. #Go! NEXT Huge flowers and a surprise Smarties cake at Angela & Jean-Paul's Aussie wedding Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.