Planning your wedding registry might seem like a daunting task, but it is also a great time to think about the items you will want and need as you transition into married life. Planning your wedding registry can be a lot of fun, but there are some important things to keep in mind. Here are some tips and advice that will help you make the most of your wedding registry.
Register for Useful Gifts
Some people register for traditional wedding gifts such as china, or kitchenware only to find that they never use those items. Before you begin your gift registry, think about the things you will actually need in the coming years. Don’t register for something you can’t see yourself using on a regular basis.
Do It Together
While your fiancé might not be as interested as you are, planning your wedding registry together is important. There will be things you both want, and there could be something he or she thinks of that you don’t. Your wedding registry should reflect you as a couple. Make a day of it…hit the stores together and check it off the to-do list.
Technology Makes It Easy
Registering for your wedding has never been easier. With the help of technology, you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to. Most stores now allow you to create your registry online without ever having to set foot in the store. This is great for the couple that isn’t into shopping. Other couples will want to go to the store in person so they can see and touch the items they plan to register for. There is no right or wrong way to plan your wedding registry, so do whatever works best for you. Keep in mind that by seeing the items in person, you’ll get a better sense of the quality, craftsmanship, value, etc.
If you have a wedding website, be sure to list your registry information and if possible provide links to the stores where you are registered. This way it is easy for guests to find and purchase gifts for you online.
Some stores offer free products, discounts, and other perks if you use their registry services. This is definitely worth taking advantage of. Macy’s offers 5% back in-store credit for all items that your guests purchase from your registry. You can use that credit to purchase anything from the store. Pottery Barn will give you 10% off the price of any items that were on your registry but were not purchased. These registry rewards and discounts are definitely worth looking into. Try to meet with the store’s wedding registry expert if possible. They will be the most knowledgeable about these programs and will be able to give you the best advice.
Register at Stores You Love
Try to register only at stores you absolutely love. You may get duplicate items or want to return other items for store credit. Many of your guests will also purchase gift cards for the stores where you’re registered, so it is beneficial to make sure that these are places you would shop on a regular basis. A store like Target is great because they have such a wide variety of items.
Another strategy is to register at store that fits with your lifestyle. If you and your fiancé are outdoor enthusiasts, register at a place like REI or a sporting goods store. If you’re buying a new home, register at Home Depot. That way you’ll receive useful gifts that you’ll be excited to use.
Make Sure the Price is Right
Choose a wide variety of registry items at various price points. Try to choose items in a price range that would be comfortable for the majority of your guests. You don’t want to offend your guests by only registering for really expensive items. At the same time, some guests may decide to pool their gift money and get you that really expensive item. This is why it is good to have a mix.
Your registry isn’t just limited to stores. Many couples are participating in honeymoon registries, which can cover everything from hotel accommodations to airfare. This allows your guests to contribute an amount that they choose toward your honeymoon expenses. If you use a honeymoon registry, it’s a good idea to announce your planned destination, accommodations, and mode of travel. This gives your guests something tangible to think about when they are planning their gift. Also keep in mind that most of your honeymoon expenses will need to be paid in full when you book them. Register early so that you will have access to that gift money.
Always Send a Thank You Note
Keep a list of who gave you which gift and be sure to write thank you notes for all gifts that you receive. Getting a thank you note means a lot to someone who spent their time and money giving you a gift. Write the notes as your gifts are delivered it will be easier to manage than doing it all at once.