Most new brides are confused about registering for wedding gifts.
What makes it more confusing is that retailers are 'going after' brides like never before... their rules and tips are not always the proper thing to do - remember, their motive is to sell you as many things as they can!
I think the most important thing to remember when registering is to be a gracious, considerate person... actually, that rule should apply to all aspects of wedding planning! That being said, here are a few tips that will help you :
1) Select 2-3 retailers to give your guests options for convenience. Select some national retailers, and some specialty local boutiques.
Some of my Favorites :
-Halls (Kansas City)
2) Select a variety of price points. Do not make all of your guests feel like they need to spend a month's rent! Have plenty of gifts that are around $50 and around $100. A $50 gift is great for showers, and $100 perfect for the wedding.
3) Do not put inappropriate items (such as a sofa or sea salt...) on the registry. Just because you want it does not mean it needs to go on the list! In general, wedding gifts should be of heirloom quality (china, silver, crystal), a keepsake, or great for making the couple's home (platters for entertaining, linens, small appliances...).
4) Keep it simple. Try to limit your registry to only include items that you will find useful. Do not just select something because it is 'cute' or 'fun'. You should have a plan!
This guide from Martha Stewart will be a great guide for you!