Once you have announced your engagement to friends and family, it is time to celebrate! To show their excitement, all and sundry will be excited to present a gift to the happy couple. But first, you need to get started with your wedding registry. Here are a few tips to get things underway.
Create a plan
Most importantly, both of you need to agree on the items you register for. That doesn’t mean you can’t add that salad bowl your fiancé doesn’t agree is a “must have,” but is does help to select items you both will use in your first home together. Start with putting together a list of “needs” followed by a list of “wants.” It is easier to begin when you have a prioritized list to keep things in order.
There is so much planning to do, but make sure you create your registry in plenty of time for your guests to prepare too. If your bridal party decides to throw an engagement shower in your honor, it is necessary to have the registry complete a month or so before this extra special event.
Have a variety
Sure, add the practical items such as: plates, bowls, flatware, and mugs; but be sure to throw in a few unique items as well. A handful of guests will prefer to shop for these options anyway. Some will prefer to purchase a few less expensive items, while others may want to buy one large item. Pick options that can satisfy all your guests. Keep in mind, it is okay to register for more items than you need and don’t limit yourself to only one store.
Don’t ask for money
Your guests may find it off-putting if you request a monetary gift. In this sensitive area, it is simply best to steer clear. Anyone who intends to give cash to the happy couple, will go ahead on their own accord. Sure, money is nice to receive, but not so easy to request!
The most popular places to register for your wedding gifts have staff in place to help you get started with your registry, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. And be sure to find time to write thank you notes to the generous people that purchase a gift for your wedding celebration!