A popular method used by engaged couples to communicate their preferences for wedding gifts is to create a wedding registry or bridal registry from a particular store.
After browsing through a store's merchandise the couple creates a wishlist of the items that they'd like to receive. Traditionally, china, flatware, glassware and items for their new home are on the list, but, there are no hard-and-fast rules.
This list is known as the bridal registry and is made available to the couple's wedding guests. Guests then purchase items from this list as gifts for the couple. Each time a purchase is made, the store updates the list/registry to avoid duplicate purchases of the same item(s).
Alternatives to a traditional gift registry include: honeymoon registry or a universal registry.
Etiquette guidelines frown on the practice of including wedding registry info in wedding invitations. Instead, gift preferences should be shared via word-of-mouth or on the couple's wedding website.