The Latest in Wedding Registry Trends

The evolution of wedding registries has been ongoing for decades. We have found that the more things change, the more they stay the same. While couples used to spend hours selecting crystal and fine China, now they are focused on finding items that show off their personality and add meaning to the home.

Make a statement.
Adding household items to your registry will never go out of style, but couples are now elevating these selections to high-end pieces that spark conversation and stand out from the ordinary. Quality is customary when picking decorations or items to entertain guests, yet the statement is what matters most. Couples want their house to be reflection of their relationship. Items like furniture, art and décor all reflect the couple’s personality. As the saying goes, “a room is a reflection of the people who live there”.

Items for travel.
Following two years of isolation and social distancing, couples are now eager to travel and create memories abroad. Vacation plans are ramping up across the globe as people try to make up for lost time. Luggage accessories, items that create comfortable flights, and even cash donation pages are showing up on wedding registries everywhere as couples are excited to put travel plans into motion.

Creating memories.
One of the best ways to ensure a long and happy relationship is by regularly doing things together as a couple. Being gifted a cooking course, dance class, photography session, or couples massage can bond newlyweds in a way that material items never will accomplish. Therefore, experiences are now becoming popular gifts for the bride and groom. Many couples want to keep the romance alive by scheduling frequent date nights. The goal is to continue connecting even after the honeymoon stage has ended.

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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.

Wedding Invitation Mistakes to Avoid

After the guest list is finalized and you have selected your stationary, it is time to address and add verbiage to your wedding invitations.  This is a very exciting process, but there are a few common missteps that you want to avoid.  Here they are.

Too much information in a small space.

Have you every passed a sign on the road that had so much information you couldn’t digest any of it? While a wedding invitation is in hand and you can focus more on the details, too much in a small space can be a little overwhelming. It also robs your stationary of its beauty. You want to find the right balance of saying enough, but not too much. Create a bulleted list of the essential details and use as few words a possible to pass them along.  Any extra fluff can get lost and jumbled.  

Including registry information.

While some of your guests will wonder where you are registered, your wedding invitation is not the place to list those details. Your wedding party can help to spread the word for those who ask, or you can include it on your wedding website. Adding this on the invitation can be a little off-putting and requesting a gift is disrespectful.

Failure to proofread.

Once you have finalized the verbiage on your invitation be sure to proofread! Check and re-check, then have a friend check behind you.  The last thing you want is a typo or grammatical error not to be found.  Some brides will even frame and display their invitations, so keep it clean and error free.

Not adding enough postage.

Some stationary is thick and heavy requiring more postage than regular mail. Rather than purchasing a book of stamps and dropping your bulk into the mailbox, take your stack to the post office and have it weighed.  If you are working within a window of time to receive RSVP’s, it is essential each invitation is mailed properly.  Also include accurate postage to the return cards. Your guests should not have to supply their own postage to respond to your invitation.  

Not ordering enough.

Always order more than you need!  It is unavoidable, there will be mistakes made that require a re-do. You may also realize last minute that you accidentally forgot a co-worker or friend on your guest list. Have some extra invitations on hand just in case.

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!