After announcing your plans to marry the love of your life, you set in motion a plan for the wedding. One item on the to-do list is setting up a registry. However, since you’ve never done this before, you may not know how to get started.
Why You Need A Registry
Many couples already have the basics. However, there are many who go straight from living at their parents’ home to securing a place together. Without a wedding registry, you may end up getting random gifts that you can’t use or many of the same items.
How to Register
Creating a gift registry is easy. You simply go to your favorite home goods store and fill out the registry. Many of the retail outlets also provide the service online. In many cases, when you register at the store, you will also acquire a list of common items that couples select. This will help get you off to a good start.
After you send out the invitations you should start selecting things that you would like to receive from guests. Go to the store of choice, and with your hand scanner let the games begin. Since it’s something for the two of you, you should both make the decisions together. It can be a really fun experience walking around to see what you need and want. The nice part about your registry is that it’s yours and you can make changes as you go. If you think of new items you really need you can add them and if you receive an item on your list, you can remove it.
Options for Purchasing Gifts
Let’s face it, not all of the guests on your wedding list live locally. Most large retail stores do have websites that make it easy to place an order from anywhere. Make sure that the store you select has a website that your out of town or out of country guests can access easily.
Create Several Gift Registries
There’s nothing wrong with having a couple of registries. One store may specialize in cookware and another might specialize in bedding and home furnishings. Having more than one registry opens up the gift selection process, making it easier for family and friends to purchase something they really want to provide.
Many of the listed items on the wedding gift registry may be outdated. Even so, it will provide a good starting point for the basics like dishes and pots and pans. However, when it comes to new and improved products, it may fall short. Blu-ray players for home entertainment, robotic vacuums and air fryers are some suggestions.
Today, some couples are also setting up what’s called the honeymoon registry to fund their honeymoon. They list things like dinner for two or scuba diving or skiing lessons. This helps to fund your trip and provides wonderful memories that you can share with those who funded the event.
Look for Items of Similar Monetary Value
Not everyone will visit the registry on the same date. Unfortunately, this will leave some family and friends left with difficult choices. They can either purchase a set of utensils or an elaborate entertainment system. Thankfully, there’s a way around this. When creating your list, select items within a ten dollar price range. This way no one feels cheap and no one is left spending more than they can afford.
A wedding registry offers a wonderful way to acquire both useful and fun household items for yourself and your soon-to-be spouse. Luckily, it’s really easy to start and it makes it easy for guests to purchase the things you want. With this out of the way, it’s time to focus on the caterer, music and florist.