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How Will Our Guests Know Where We're Registered?

Ask a Savvy Bride: Should I Share Where We're Registered?

Letting your guests know where you've chosen to register can be tricky. Caroline wanted to do it in a tactful way, but wasn't sure how. The Savvy Bride shares her suggestions below. If you have questions of your own, be sure to ask them here in our Ask Savvy group!

Dear Savvy,

I'm a bride, registered at three stores, and very against listing them out on our wedding invitation. We've decided not to have a wedding website either so I fear guests won't know where we are registered if they don't ask one of us. I know not everyone advertises that information so can I trust that the word will get out or am I running the risk of not getting any gifts?

Concerned Caroline

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Savvy bride says:

I happen to agree with your decision to not print where you're registered on your wedding invitation (that could come off presumptuous), but what about subtly printing the information on your bridal shower invitation? Since showers are basically thrown to "shower the bride" with gifts, it feels perfectly appropriate to me. You could also sign up for, which is a very well known resource (and free of charge!), to simply state your wedding date, city, and the stores where you're registered which will give your guests a place to look up that pertinent information without having to bother you or your fiancé.

While I understand your fear, I'd be seriously surprised if you had guests attend your wedding without giving you a gift, but to cover your bases, I'd put the information in print somewhere, at least once. Good luck!

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Tech Tech 6 years
You can also post it on your wedding website!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
People will ask -- no worries.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I'd say using shower invitations and/or word of mouth is fine. Also, if someone directly asks you where you're registered, tell them. Word will spread quickly. Additionally, I know when I go to weddings, I check the websites of all of the "typical" places (Target; Bed, Bath, and Beyond; Williams Sonoma; Kohl's; Macy's; etc.). It's not really that hard to find a wedding registry.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
Why don't you want a website? It's really the easiest/least expensive way.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i agree, since the shower invitation won't come from you, but will come from your mom, aunt, maid of honor etc, then you could have them print it on there and it would seem like they're doing on their own accord and you have nothing to do with it, therefore won't seem presumptuous but even if someone doesn't know where you're registered, i don't think you won't get any may just get cash money which you can use to buy the things on the registry you didn't get, and/or use for other purposes
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
yeah, i'd say put it on the shower invite. word will spread quickly.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
I've always seen registry locations printed on bridal shower invites. And since showers are thrown on the bride's behalf by someone else, it doesn't look like you're the one listing the stores. Other than that, I really wouldn't worry too much about it. Virtually all registries are online now, so it's not hard to find where someone is registered.
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