Online registries are really no different than the ones you set up in a store. You just create them online instead of scanning items you like while trolling the aisles of your favorite department store. All you need to do is visit a preferred retailer's Web site and head to the registry section to get started. Most sites will walk you through the set-up process, and since you're using your own computer at home, it's often much easier (and more comfortable) than standing in front of a grimy, unresponsive touch-screen in a department store or tracking down an employee to assist you.
You also don't have to worry about would-be gift-purchasers overlooking your registry or having trouble finding it online. Just as in the old, pre-Internet days, your maid of honor, parents or anyone else who wants to spread the word about your registry can do so -- it's as simple as sending out a direct link to a Web page with your selected gifts. Guests won't even have to leave their homes to purchase your presents, though they can always head down to the store to do so if you're registered with outlets that also have physical locations (which is great for those relatives who don't know the difference between a TV and a laptop).
Sure, online wedding registries are great and all, but how can you build a better, more personalized registry than you could in the store? Read the next page to find out.