Most registries are now available online. A convenience for anyone, this is especially helpful for guests that live in another area of the state or country. Search for the store name. Their website will usually have a separate bridal shower gift registry category. An alternative, if you don't use a computer, is to go to the store closest to you (if it is part of a chain), and they can help you find the couples registry. You may also call the store directly.
By having the list available, you can purchase by phone or online. Most stores offer an option to send your gift. If this is a surprise bridal shower, send the gift to someone other than the bride, or just wait until after the party to send it.
It is not a requirement to buy a gift from the list. Many guests find this very helpful in choosing their gift. Some, however, look at this idea as asking for presents. They prefer to choose their own. Either is acceptable. It is up to the individual.
When you choose an item from the list, make sure the store personnel knows that you bought it. This will then show as "already purchased" if another guest is shopping.
The bridal shower gift registry is a resource that couples use to preselect items they would like to receive. This list helps to simplify gift giving. They usually choose a variety of large and small items, in varying price ranges.