Congratulations on getting engaged! Are you ready to start your registry? Not sure where to start? We are here to help.
Creating a wedding registry is one of the most fun aspects of getting married—filling your home with gifts from well-wishers is one of the best ways to signify your new beginning. During the month of April, we explored everything you’ve ever wanted to know about registries!
3 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Registry:
1. Discuss Your Personalities and Priorities
If you never cook at home but love to camp, it makes more sense to register for a tent than to request a crystal gravy boat. Have a conversation about your priorities and values for your lives together! If you already have a fully stocked and furnished home, perhaps choosing a honeymoon fund or experience would be a better fit.
2. Evaluate Your Needs
Take inventory of the items in your home! Make a list of items that are old, out of date, low-quality, or could use a replacement. Register for items that you do not already have or “upgrade” the things you own that are not of the best quality.
3. Weigh Your Options and Choose
Once you’ve identified your life priorities and any furnishing needs, select the best wedding registry option to help you fulfill those goals! Some couples prefer a more traditional registry where guests can shop in-store and some prefer online sites for convenience!
Our Favorite Stores:
When registering, stick to two or three stores you love. Choose a national department store like Crate and Barrel or Anthropologie that has an abundance of household basics; and you may also want a local specialty store (check out our AZ favorite!! Urbana) to add to your registry. Online registries are another great option! We recommend Zola or Blueprint. Be sure to consider your guests—you may want to choose stores that are low, medium, and high-end, so guests have gifts in a variety of price ranges to choose from.
Registry Do’s and Don’ts:
Do: Complete your registry before wedding related celebrations. Ideally 4-6 months before the wedding. This will give guests time to purchase gifts for the big day, but also for any engagement parties and/or showers.
Don’t: Include registry information in your wedding invitation. Please include registry information on your wedding website.
Do: Add variety and multiple price points for guests to choose from. Keep in mind that larger items can make wonderful group gifts.
Don’t: Forget to update your registry every few months!
Do: Tailor your shipping! Many online registries let you select when you want to receive your gifts by mail (either as they’re purchased, in bulk shipments, or at a later date entirely).
Do: Request email notifications when gifts are bought to stay on top of thank you notes. (Keep in mind that this can provide a bit of a spoiler for gifts that your guests have purchased for you.)
Let us know if you have any questions we can help to answer about registries.