Launched in early 2013, Thankful Registry is an online wedding registry that aims to make wedding gifts more personal, meaningful, and memorable. The service is the brainchild of Kathy Cheng, who was disappointed with conventional wedding registries. She found them impersonal and felt that couples felt obligated to add items to their registries.
Cheng began developing the idea for Thankful Registry three years ago. Featuring a modern, visually-rich layout, the website lets couples create their own personal registry. Users can upload a full-width cover image, write a personal message to friends and family, and customize their URL. Best of all, couples aren't limited to a single retailer. They can add items from any online store and organize them into non-traditional categories like “play,” “delicious,” and “why not.”
To Cheng's surprise, couples from outside the US are using Thankful Registry as well, so she intends to make the site more international. She also plans to launch registries for baby gifts, birthdays, and graduations.