Wedding registries are helpful to you and your spouse-to-be and your guests. They allow you to communicate desired items that will help ease the transition into your married life. Guests like the direction it gives when deciding what to gift you and like seeing what items have already been purchased. While creating a wedding registry might seem like a complex and tedious task, it doesn’t have to be! Follow the dos and don’ts listed below to help you create a wholesome and helpful wedding registry.
DO ~ Include Items That Vary In Price Point
While it’s perfectly acceptable to have a few expensive items on the registry, make sure to balance them out with more affordable items. Your guests will like the variety of options to choose from and it will help them spend more comfortably.
DON’T ~ Ask For Cash
Although you might like to ask for cash or checks, it often makes guests uncomfortable to forgo a gift for money. However, there are financial registries that help make the transaction smoother; you can register for stocks or make a special account for guests to give money towards a down payment on a new home.
DO ~ Ask For Gift Cards For Experiences
Instead of asking for money directly, add non-traditional gifts to your registry that you and your partner can utilize together. These experience gifts can include spa gift certificates for a couple’s massage, donations to your honeymoon fund, accommodation certificates to use on a weekend trip, restaurant gift cards or house service certificates. Most guests are more inclined to purchase something they see you use or that they know will make a great memory.
DON’T ~ Register At Too Many Stores
Registering for gifts at an abundance of places might get confusing for you and guests. It’s best to stick with two or three stores that offer a variety of products. It’s also a good idea to choose national chain stores so all your guests have easy access to purchase your desired gifts. If you really love local specialty stores, limit one for your registry.
DO ~ Use Your Registry For Thank-You Notes
Don’t wait until the wedding is over to start on the thank-you notes! Your wedding registry may automatically update when a gift has been purchased or you may need to check for an updated list every few weeks. Either way, reviewing your registry will save you a lot of time with thank-you notes, as you can easily keep up with items each guest purchases before the wedding.
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