Wedding Registry 101
It’s registry time! This can be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning as you and your partner dream about your new home together as newlyweds. But where do you start?
Make a List
First things first, you and your fiancé need to make a list. This list should include both essentials and wants. Be mindful when you’re making your registry and only add items you actually like. It’s no fun receiving items that will sit around collecting dust and eventually make their way to the donation pile.
View this as a chance to update your inventory. If you’re in need of a new set of pots and pans, a new vacuum, or anything else that needs refreshing, now is your chance to upgrade!
When making your list, consider adding items from these categories:
Choose Where to Register
A good rule of thumb is picking 2 or 3 places to register. Choose stores you actually like and trust. Some examples include Target, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Pottery Barn.
When you’re registering across more than one platform, do your best not to list the same items on each site. If you only want one set of bath towels, don’t have it listed on all 3 sites.
Create a “Hold” Registry
Harper’s BAZAAR recommends making a "hold" registry, “one that sends you a notification each time you receive a gift but doesn't ship the items until you are ready. This way you can control what you receive and when.”
Review Your Registry
Once you’ve created your registries, spend a few extra minutes to review them. Are all the items you want listed? Did you miss something? Is something listed more than once? Do you have a good mix of options and price ranges for people to choose from?
Once you’ve reviewed your registry, make sure to make it live so people can find it.
Tell Your Guests
By this, we don’t mean put your registry on your wedding invites. That’s still a bit taboo. But you can add it to your wedding website (and have your website listed on your invitations). You can also include it on invites to any bridal showers and parties where guests are expected to bring gifts.
You can also tell your family and close friends where you’re registered. That way, whenever someone asks them where you’re registered, they’re prepared to answer.
And there you go – wedding registry done! Just another thing to check off on your wedding to-do list.
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