Wedding Registry: 101

The wedding gift registry can be one of the most exciting things about getting married. It may seem overwhelming to pick out every single thing that will be part of your new home, but here are a few wedding registry tips to make the process easier.

When can I start to register for my wedding?

You’ll want to have an idea of what you need and want before you go “shopping,” so it’s a good idea to start thinking about your registry shortly after your engagement. Put it on your wedding checklist as a priority task, and make sure to have your registry completed before your first bridal shower so people know where to shop for gifts.

How many places should I register?

Couples will register at anywhere from one to four stores. Be sure to allow for a variety of gift options, but don’t overwhelm your guests by registering at too many retailers. Try to register at stores that offer online shopping to make things more convenient for guests. But remember not all of your guests may use the computer so don’t make your wedding registry purely online.

Regardless of where you register, be sure to select items at a variety of price points so all of your guests will find a gift they’re comfortable purchasing.

What do I need to register for?

It’s important to take an inventory of what you already have, what needs to be updated, what you really want, and what you’ll need later. For example, even if you’re not hosting a lot of dinner parties now, consider that at some point you might, and you’ll want to be prepared with good china, servingware, etc.

You can even choose to register for donations to your honeymoon fund or house payment. If this is something you’re interested in doing, you should still consider creating at least one traditional registry at a store, as not everyone is comfortable giving money as a gift. Plus it’s always nice to have something tangible to open!

Regardless of when and where you register for your wedding, the gifts you receive will be a mix of things you want/need and things that you’ll have as keepsakes for the rest of your life. So don’t forget the most important thing about your wedding registry – the thank-you cards for your guests’ kind gestures. (These should be sent within a week or two of receipt or the wedding.)

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