9 Things You Need to Know before You Start Your Wedding Registry

March 20, 2018 by badmin

9 Things You Need to Know before You Start Your Wedding Registry

If you’re engaged, you’re probably looking forward to registering for wedding gifts…and who could blame you? Today’s registries make it easier than ever to register for nearly anything you can think of. For example, if you sign up for an Amazon registry (one of our favorites!), you can scour the internet for anything you want and connect it to the registry. That just blows our minds!

Having this kind of registering power might get overwhelming. We’re going to simplify the process for you so as you go into this fun part of planning your wedding, you can do it with confidence and without stress. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Register early in the planning process. Registries aren’t only for wedding gifts. You’ll have friends and family members eager to purchase engagement presents and shower gifts, too. Register as soon as you can to give them plenty of options early in your engagement.
  2. Research in person. Even if you use an online registry, it helps to see things in person. When possible, find local stores that carry the products you’re interested in and go check them out to make sure they’re really want you want. You can even link to the product on that retailer’s site if you use the Amazon registry!
  3. Make sure it’s user-friendly. If you know you’ll have guests who won’t want to order from an online registry, stick to registries that guests can access close to home. Grandma might want to go into the store to purchase your gift personally, which is hard to do if she doesn’t live near where you’re registered.
  4. Don’t get click-happy. When you have access to an entire store (or the entire internet, for that matter!), it can be hard to limit yourself on gift selections. If you want to get the gifts you really want, only register for the gifts you really want.
  5. Consider everyone’s budgets. It’s best to register for a variety of gifts at different price points to give guests options that suit their bank accounts.
  6. Make it personal. There’s no need to stick to tradition and order kitchen items, bedding, or similar home goods if you don’t need or want them. Register for items that you might otherwise not purchase for yourself. Some ideas might be camping or athletic gear, hobby supplies, artwork, travel items, electronics, or even activities the two of you can do together.
  7. Get creative. Already have everything you could ever want? Consider a financial registry, a honeymoon registry, or a charitable contribution registry. It’s fine to have more than one registry; just remember you have to manage them all!
  8. Let everyone know about it. Once you’ve registered, it’s time to spread the word so your guests can start shopping. Add the information to your wedding website and recruit your parents and wedding party to help share the details with everyone else. Don’t include it in your wedding invitations, though…it’s poor form!
  9. Don’t forget about it. You’ll need to keep up with your registry throughout your planning and after the wedding. Etiquette allows guests up to a year to send you a gift and you’ll want to make sure they’re purchasing off an updated registry!

Need help getting started on your wedding registry or have other planning questions? Reach out to our team at info@justmarry.com and we’ll get back to you right away!

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