Worried about setting up your wedding registry or how to even start? No need, we’ve broken down everything for you so that you can easily set up the perfect registry (and hopefully get everything you asked for!) From linens to fine china, decorative pillows and of course the oh so essential coffee maker--here’s everything you need to know about setting up your wedding registry!
When you set up a wedding registry, you get what you want! Think of a wedding registry as an extra long Christmas list. All your guests have to do is look at your registry and see which items you love and want. That way you avoid getting gifted things you didn’t ask for…another toaster? No thanks!
When you register, many stores offer both you and your guests can access multiple perks and major discounts on high price items!
Registries are the easiest way for your guests to get you something that is within their price range, but also something you’re guaranteed to love and need! They don’t have to go through the hassle of trying to figure it out--you made a list for them!
When you register, shipping is often FREE! And that definitely comes in handy when you’re purchasing larger items like furniture or appliances!
Registering for things like dishes and household items used to be a way for a married couple to furnish their new home, and oftentimes still is! But with many couples cohabitating prior to marriage, modern-day registries include a wide variety of items, with some even requesting donations to help pay for the couple's honeymoon trip.
A couple can register for a charity of their choice as a way to give back through a celebration of love!
Cash registries are an awesome way for couples to raise money rather than receiving specific items.
Traditional registries are great for the new couple who need everything from household appliances, to linens, and more!
China registries are great if would like high end and sentimental dinnerware.
Couples can register for experiences--a vacation to Europe or a cruise perhaps!
Looking for the honeymoon of a lifetime? Couples can register to pay for their honeymoon rather than registering for gifts.
Department stores are typically the go-to for wedding registries, but online registries are becoming more and more popular. Furniture stores are also great options, especially if you're moving in together.
Popular items on wedding registries include household goods, like kitchen appliances and the like, but if you already live together, chances are you probably already have a lot of these. Here is a master list just in case you missed something:
They key to keeping registering super easy and stress free is to register as soon as you get engaged! That way you have time to figure out what you really need and people will start gifting you things asap..I mean who doesn’t love an early wedding present?
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It's a good idea to register with at least two stores. This way your guests have options. Make sure wherever you register is accessible to your guests. Department stores vary by region of the country, and remember, not everyone has a computer to visit your online registry.
Register for items at different price points and register at more than one store. The main thing guests hate about registries is when they feel like they couple didn’t give them many options. So hit a couple stores and try to choose at least one big-box store that is located in most of your guests’ hometowns so they don’t have to worry about paying for shipping.
The best way to announce your wedding registry is through a wedding website! Click here to read more about how to set up your wedding website and connect your registry so that your guests can easily shop online!
Remember that no one is required to give you a wedding gift, and they aren’t required to shop the registry. A registry is a list of suggestions, not a shopping list. Be grateful that people want to buy you gifts at all and don’t get too caught up in who gives what, or how much they spend.
It is perfectly acceptable to gift an item off the registry. A gift is more about the thought than the actual gift itself...that being said, if you are going to be gifting something off registry make sure it is something thoughtful that you know the couple will like. If you’re re-gifting an item or trying to get rid of something you can’t return--you’re better off sticking with the registry.
There are so many wedding registry resources out there; it may be hard to filter through them all and figure out exactly what you want. That’s why we made this guide, to help give some clarity in all of the madness. Think long and hard with your partner about what it is you two really want to register for and/or receive and decide which registry sites and resources will give you what you need. We hope you get everything you wish for :)