If you've ever gazed down the enormous aisles of Costco and sighed, "but why can't I get my friends to buy me this stuff?" your dreams are coming true.
Enter: the Costco wedding registry.
Your friends and family can choose from kitchen appliances, dining sets, cookware, bedding and home decor at the bulk-buying giant from brands including Vitamix, KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Mikasa. Guests with deep pockets can outfit your home with premium espresso makers and crystalware, while more budget-friendly items like linens and flatware are also up for grabs.
The registry, a partnership with MyRegistry.com, is free for couples and guests, though some items in the catalog are marked members-only. For an annual cost of $60, you can also access Weddings by Costco, which offers flowers and food for the reception, honeymoon travel packages (beach picnic in Fiji, anyone?), and even the engagement ring itself.
If it seems like everyone and their mother is jumping on the wedding registry bandwagon (hi Ikea, Drybar and Domino's), it's because they are. According to The Knot's Bridal Registry Study, 1.5 million couples register their wedding every year, and guests spend a collective $10 billion on gifts — and that was in 2013. Considering the soaring cost of a wedding (and wedding gifts), it's easy to see why a retailer would want to cash in on the booming registry market.
But even if an upcoming wedding isn't in the picture, Costco still wants to be a part of your circle of life: Expecting parents can set up a baby registry with baby monitors, nursery furniture, toys, diapers, books and more.
Oh Costco; what can't you do?