What Items to Add to Your Wedding Registry

Shopping your registry should be fun and exciting, not stressful! This is a time to find items both you and your future spouse will enjoy. It can be fun for you to create a wish list, but it is also helpful for your guests to have suggestions.  Whether you choose to shop online or in person, here are recommendations to add to your list.

Kitchen items that are sensible. Consider practical items that you need for day-to-day use. Standard plates, bowls, and silverware are a must when you are not already fully stocked. Thinking beyond the basics, add baking items such as: mixing bowls, spoons, spatulas, and measuring tools. Then broaden your list to include pots and pans, toaster ovens, and other cooking necessities.

Your household wish list. Throw in household items (decorative or pragmatic) that you want or need around the house. Consider including bath towels, bedding, pillows, luggage, and even cleaning supplies. This is also the time to add that vacuum cleaner you are secretly wishing for.

Include items that are unique. While some guests will simply shop within their price range others will want to purchase something out of the box. If there is a monogramed or personalized piece that is special to you, include it for the sentimental shopper. Add in distinctive décor or an accent item that will make your home feel extra special.

Add big and small ticket items. Be sure to include items that guests of all budget ranges can afford. Some may even want to purchase numerous gifts at a lower price range. You may also be pleasantly surprised that the high ticket “wish list” item you dreamed about made its way to your home after all. Remember, a wedding registry is a helpful guide for those shopping for you. Be respectful to all budgets as you add to your wish list and grateful for everything you receive. Here are more tips before getting started.

Tips for Setting Up Your Registry

There is no other way to put it, setting up a gift registry is fun! It is also one of the first pre-wedding items you can check off your to-do list.  Imagine yourself rummaging through a store to scan dream items that other people will purchase for you. How could it get any better? Here are some tips to help you get started.

Be Practical. Register for items you will actually use. Perhaps your parents are convincing you to include fine china on the list. If it is not something you want or will ever use…skip it. What is the use of your guests spending money on something that will only be tucked away?

Find Perks. Naturally, any store would love to have you set up a wedding registry at their location. They may even be willing to draw you with benefits. Take advantage! You can find discounts, cash-back offers, and even free stuff. It is worth your time to research the perks of registering at your favorite spot. Also, consider places that offer free shipping. Your guests will be grateful for this added perk.

Compromise.  Setting up the wedding registry is something you will want to do together. Grab lunch and make it a date.  If you have opposite tastes, find a way to compromise. Whether the answer is separating for a short time to include a personal list or allowing him to select the dinnerware while you choose the pots and pans. Whatever works for you two is great, as long as you are in it together.

Be Reasonable. Guest lists will include those who are willing to purchase the high dollar items and those who are modest. This is normal. Pay attention to price tags and register for some expensive and some less expensive options. The point is to allow everyone on your list the opportunity to contribute.  

Be Respectful. Get the word out about your registry in a respectable fashion. It is OK to add a note at the bottom of your wedding invitations that informs people of where you registered. But it is not OK to expect a gift. Traditionally, wedding guests will bring an item to congratulate the happy couple, and it is helpful for them to know what you like. It is never appropriate to ask for cash.   

Be Grateful.  Send personalized thank you notes to everyone who gave you a wedding gift. Ask a friend to help you keep track of the items you received if you get overwhelmed.  Be sure to name the item you received in you card and include a line about how or when you will make use of it. Personalizing a note shows that you care about their gesture in a kind and considerate way.

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!

Gift Ideas for Your Officiant

It’s becoming increasingly popular to say thank you to your officiant by giving them a special gift. After all, you give bridesmaids, groomsmen, and parent’s gifts and the officiant is the one actually marrying you.

When choosing an appropriate gift, here are some ideas to consider:

Bottle of Wine

No matter what the occasion, a bottle of wine is always a kind gesture of breaking bread and finding common ground. By giving your officiant a bottle of wine you’re gesturing for them to celebrate in honor of your marriage (just be sure to check if they are a teetotaler!).

Money

Many officiants prefer the basics of cash or a flexible gift card. It may seem a little cliché or insincere, but it is a universal gift your officiant would be grateful for. Consider pairing it with a small token gift to add a more personal touch.

Fountain Pen

Officiants do business the same way everyone else does! A quality fountain pen is a very considerate gift acknowledging their line of work. Fountain pens are great gifts too since everyone will want a quality writing utensil when it comes to signing important documents (like a marriage license!).

Engraved Journal

If you are very familiar with your officiant and want to give a more personal gift, an engraved journal offers a variety of uses while still remaining intimate. This allows for your officiant to have their own keepsake in memory of your special day (pair with a fountain pen for an added bonus!).

With all of the hustle and bustle going on with your wedding, giving a simple gift to your officiant is a very courteous thing to do. Remember, the gift does not have to be expensive, just considerate. A small token of your appreciation goes a long way for someone so important in your wedding ceremony!