Juliette Senior of UnisonEvents, LLC located in New Jersey has been very helpful in my blog etiquette. She is very insightful in the wedding field and created a blog regarding gift registries that I'd like to share with my readers. Enjoy!
When it comes to creating a wedding registry many brides don’t know what to add to their lists.
Before you even choose the stores you want to set up a gift registry at, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Go through each room in the house and ask yourself, “What do we need to make this room complete? Albums, picture frames, dishes, silverware, lamps, etc. Don’t forget about the outside of the house—garden hoses, planters, etc.
2. Once you have a list of the items, now ask yourself, “How many of each do we need?”
The next step is to choose the gift registry stores. When considering which stores to register at, make sure you choose a store whose products you enjoy. Also, consider the types of guests you are inviting to your wedding. Some may not have computers, so you need to make sure at least 1 of the stores you register at has a physical location where people can shop at nationwide (i.e. Macy’s, Crate & Barel…). Many brides end up registering at multiple stores, as they have a variety of items on their wish lists. This also opens up more shopping options for family and friends to choose from.
Once you have chosen the stores you want to set up registries at, now comes the fun part – creating your wish lists. Some stores let you create wish lists online, while others require you to physically go to the store and use a wand to scan UPS codes, which will then be uploaded into an online wish list for guests to view. Check out what the registry process is for each store, and make sure you pencil out time to go to stores that you have to go in person (expect to spend a couple hours in the store, meeting with a customer service rep. and then choosing your items).
Please pay attention to wedding registry etiquette. Don’t expect people to be able to pay for top-of-the-line or expensive items. Be considerate in your selections, allowing for guests to be able to choose from a varied selection of prices, that best suit their wallet. If you list all expensive items, you may be disappointed to find that not many items will be purchased for you. That doesn’t mean you can’t include some dream items, like a new television or bedroom set – you never know if guests may want to pool their funds and buy a big ticket item for you.
Knowing what you already have and what you ACTUALLY need will help make creating your wedding registry easier, and make sure that guests will get things for you that you will use.
Here are two great wedding registry checklists to help you when deciding what you need and should add to your wish lists:
Check out these websites for a list of popular stores that offer wedding registries:
Don’t forget to let family and friends know where you are registered at. You can send them along a postcard with the information, post it to your wedding website, social media site, etc. Registering for wedding gifts is supposed to a fun experience, and helps break up the craziness wedding planning brings—so enjoy!
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