A Guide to Creating Your Wedding Registry

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.

Start Early

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!

Hidden Wedding Cost You Didn’t Anticipate

 

You plan and budget like a pro for your wedding, and finally you have it all figured out…until those hidden expenses rear their ugly head.  It happens to many brides, they find themselves surprised by those pesky charges that didn’t exactly make the wedding budget spreadsheet.  Here are a few hidden fees you can anticipate helping you avoid last-minute shock.

Dress Alterations:

You know “the one” when you see it, and it is beautiful!  The price is even right for your budget.  But, don’t forget that all brides are not created the same.  More than likely you will need a few alterations to make it look perfect, and wedding dress alterations can get quite expensive. Be sure to account for last minute tweaks too!  Brides have been known to gain or lose a few pounds right before the big day.

Beauty Treatments:

If you are dreaming of sitting around and getting pampered all day before you walk down the aisle, maybe you have already hired a hair and makeup specialist and planned for this expense.  But, if you have not pre-arranged these details, you may be surprised to find that beauty expenses such as hair, make-up, nails, and waxing will add up fast.  You want to look your best when you make your grand appearance, and of course for all your photos!

Postage:

Remember to add postage fees to the total cost of your invitations.  It is also customary to include a pre-stamped return envelope to make it easy for guests to RSVP.  So, be sure to take your postage cost and double it!

Gifts:

Many couples like to surprise each other with a romantic gift right before the ceremony.  It is also nice to have a gift for both sets of parents on your wedding day; this is a big day for them too!  Not to mention, officiant tips or gifts and something small for the wedding party is a wonderful custom to let these important people know that you appreciate their support.

Venue Fees:

Venue fees can quickly and most unexpectedly add up by the end of the night.  Remember to account for taxes, gratuities for your servers and bartenders, cleanup costs, and overtime hours for the staff working so hard at your reception.  Also, keep in mind that many venues will charge cake-cutting and wine corking fees for items brought in from an outside vendor.

There are many ways to keep the cost of your wedding under control when you are on a budget, just remember to give yourself some breathing room for these unexpected fees!