Registry: Dos and Don’ts

Most brides get excited about registering before they actually register.  They think “I can’t wait to use my new blender or new dishes, I’m going to be cooking all the time!” Well…when it actually comes down to registering, it can be time consuming and confusing.  This post is the first in a series about registering for your wedding.  There are endless locations you can register, including department stores, specialty stores, Target, Walmart, and even warehouses, like Costco.  Here are some basic dos and don’ts in the first steps of registering:

DO remember the space in your current house.  While looking toward the future and registering for a lifetime (we’ll talk about this in another blog post) is important, you don’t want to have boxes piled up in your hallways for years because you had hoped to move to a larger house.  The exception is if you plan to move to a new place within the first couple months (like you’ve already put a down payment on a house) after your wedding.

DON’T consider registering at more than 3 places.  Your guests will be confused and unsure which you really like best.

DO think about your hobbies.  If you love cooking, maybe consider registering at Williams-Sonoma.  If you enjoy hiking and outdoor sports, think about REI or Bass Pro Shops.  Remember, registering needs to include you and your future DH (darling husband), so include him in the decision process.

DON’T forget about online registries.  Places like Crate and Barrel/CB2, Sur La Table, Macy’s and others provide online registries for guests who may not have a store in their local area.  This is a great way for out of town guests to buy you a wedding gift without lugging it on the plane.

DO look into alternative registries.  If you are considering buying a house or would like to have your guests buy some activities for your honeymoon, there are so many options available.  Wedding registry trends lately have indicated couples are more interested in buying houses and having a great honeymoon experience than they used to be.

DON’T have all of your items in one price point.  The key is to have a bell-shaped curve for prices in your registry.  This means 20% of your items should be under $25 and 20% of your items over $200.  60% of the items you register for should fall between $25 and $200.  That way, the guests who only want to spend $50 will have a wide variety to choose from.  Most of your guests will fall into the 60%.

DO remember tradition in your family.  If your family hosts elegant, family meals every holiday or even more frequently, you may want to consider registering for china.  On the other hand, if your family spends all of your holidays on vacation, you might want to think about registering for new luggage.

What to take away from this post is to think about what will suit you best.  If you will never use fine china, don’t register for it (more about that debate here).  You may also have guests who don’t want to buy anything, but would rather give cash or a check.  Keep all of these dos and don’ts in mind when you take the first step to register!

Love, Laughter, and Joy,

Courtney Shaver


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