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Wedding Registry 101

Last week we talked about all the kitchen aspects of a wedding registry. A full traditional wedding registry should contain dinnerware, drinkware, flatware, appliances, and cookware. Now that you know what to look for when adding the basics to your registry, I thought I'd go over a few general registry tips. For example, it's a good idea to register at least six months before the event, also, it's a good idea to register for items that suit every kind of budget. To check out our other tips,

  • Register at two or three different stores. This will give your guests options, especially if they do not live near one of your chosen stores.
  • Make one list of what you have and want to keep, and then another of what you need and want. Decide on whether you want both "fancy" and "everyday," dishes, as well as color schemes and patterns.
  • Some retailers offer a completion program, this means you'll receive a discount (usually 10-15% off) on the items remaining on your registry after the wedding.
  • Over register by requesting more items than the number of people on your guest list. Also, be sure to check up on your registry a few days before your event. Most people purchase gifts a few days before. If there's nothing left on your registry, you're going to end up with some random items.
  • Register at stores that have a brick & mortar as well as online presence. Some people prefer shopping online, while others like to see things in person. Check out geeksugar's tips for setting up online registries.
  • Register for items in every budget. Don't shy away from big ticket items - a big trend is for guests to pool together for one large item. However, make sure there are enough affordable pieces on your registery too.
  • When registering, make sure you specify both of your names. Some guests may want to personalize your gift and may need to know how to spell your names.
  • Don't register for things you'll never use. If you know you won't ever have the need for a breadmaker, then don't put it on the list.
  • Take time to schedule an appointment, many stores will have someone on staff that specializes in registries.
  • Don't feel pressured to making your decisions in one visit. You can update and modify your registry at any time. Most stores will even allow you to do it online.

Do you have any other great registry tips?
Let us all know in the comments, thanks!

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DCStar DCStar 10 years
Be careful when registering! You aren't going to use 75% of the stuff more than once a year. You need pots & pans, some every day china and silverware, cups & a few basic utensils.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
wedding season never ends maaaan
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I highly recommend spending some time online developing a "short list" of china patterns/brands of appliances/styles of flatware etc. That way, once you get in the stores, you aren't so overwhelmed by all the choices. I wouldn't register solely online because I found that a lot of our china and such were much differnet in person than online.
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