You and your fianc should make a list of items that you like and need. Then select a store that carries them. We recommend registering at 2 stores to give your guests options. It is wise to have one that is national-such as Target or Williams Sonoma. It's also good to have a variety of prices on your list. There are several unusual and useful bridal registries out there.
Restoration Hardware offers many high quality products for the home, such as textiles furniture, lighting, bathware and hardware. At Replacements, Ltd. you can register your china patterns, crystal, silver and collectibles. If you are into sports and outdoor adventure, consider registering at REI. They offer clothing, equipment, tools and gear. Another option is to use the bridal registry at www.marriagebeforeandafter.com. You can register your wedding day and honeymoon related expenses and have guests contribute towards those costs. What is better than starting a marriage without any debt or stress!
What ever store you decide to register at, set aside a date with your fianc to do it together. You'll have a blast picking out all you gifts-to-be.
Have fun and congratulations.