How to Plan Your Wedding Registry
Hey, beautiful bride-to-be! We know that wedding planning can sometimes be stressful, and there are certain things that make you think, "Where do I even start?!"
One of those things can be planning your wedding registry! Sometimes, you're just not sure what to ask for... or how to even go about it! Luckily, there are not a lot of strict rules around planning your wedding registry, but there are a few guidelines you may want to follow. We're here to point you in the right direction!
Timing: It's perfectly acceptable to create one as soon as you get engaged, especially if you have a shorter engagement! The earlier you make your registry, the easier it is on your guests who want get you a congratulations gift, shower gift, or early wedding gift!
Choose more than one spot! This goes right along with making it easy on your guests. It's great to have maybe 2-4 options to give your guests more choices for gift-giving, and it's even better if 1-2 of those are very accessible for most people, like Amazon or Walmart. However, we love the idea of adding a small business or two to your wedding registry, especially if it's a business that you and your fiancé LOVE!
Speaking of... it's great for you and your fiancé to do it together! It may be tempting to get it all done on your own, but if there are choices to buy for each of you or "both" of you together, it will make everyone happy!
Register for items within a good price range. Know your guests, and be aware that people will have all different "budgets" for gift giving. Be sure to register for smaller items so people can purchase one or two "cost-effective" items. But don't be afraid to add larger items to give people that option as well.
Add your wedding registry details to shower invitations and use word of mouth to spread the word. Some say it's inappropriate to add your registry information to your save the dates and wedding invitations, but we think you should use your best judgement here! Consider asking some recently married couples or even your family for their guidance on this!
Get creative! If you already have several home items and can't think of many to add, it's always a good idea to "register" for experiences, honeymoon extras, subscriptions you and your fiancé would love, date nights, a couples massage, etc.! The list goes on, so don't be afraid to ask for something that's totally different than the traditional registry item. Chances are, your guests may have more fun with that too!
Be gracious! A text message or Facebook post doesn't suffice as a "thank you". It's really important to give handwritten thank you notes to those who chose to give you a wedding gift. We know it may seem like a big chore especially if you have a lot of people to thank, but your guests will feel so appreciated AND you'll feel good about doing so.
We asked our friends on social media what were their FAVORITE items they received as wedding gifts, and here are a few of the most common responses!
- Money or a honeymoon fund!
- A super high-quality vacuum: common answers were Dyson or Shark
- Kitchen items, like pots and pans, a KitchenAid, knife sets, etc.
- Gift cards to places like Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, etc.!
We hope these simple tips for planning your wedding registry point you in the right direction! Just like we would tell you with any of the wedding planning process, do your best to have fun with it! :)