Creating a wedding registry is one of those wedding planning things many couples look forward to. It's fun to carry that scanner around the store and go a little crazy! But it can also be a bit of a daunting and overwhelming task. Did we register for enough towels? Too many? What if I receive these dishes, and I end up hating them? Do we have to register for fine china?
If you're confused about registering, or even if you think you've got it all figured out, read these eight tips to make your registry process go much more smoothly!
(And by the way, these photos have nothing to do with wedding registries. I just can't write a post without including pictures from gorgeous weddings at The Barn. ;)
1. Pick out items in every price range. Register for everything from a $3 plastic spatula to a $300 KitchenAid mixer. You want to have plenty of options for everyone who wants to purchase a gift, no matter what their budget is.
2. Register at a few stores. It's a good idea to register for at least a few items at one store that's accessible to everyone... Like Walmart, even if there aren't many things there that you're super interested in. Some people won't have access to stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target, and not everyone has a computer to check out your registry and purchase gifts online.
3. Don't register for expensive sets of things. Rather than choosing a $500 set of stainless cookware, register for each item individually. Most of your guests won't want (or be able to afford) to buy you a full set, but they may buy an individual piece or two.
4. Give your guests plenty of items to choose from. Experts say to register for three times as many items as you have guests. Plan on having 150 guests? Register for 450 items. Yes, that sounds ridiculous. No, you probably won't get everything on your registry. But your guests will want to have options! (Plus, if you register for two complete sets of towels, hand towels and washcloths, you've already got a lot on your list!)
5. Don't send registry info in your invitations. This is one of those traditions that I think it's best not to break. By sending your registry info with your invitations, you're implying that guests should bring a gift, whether that's your intention or not. Instead, post your registry info on your wedding website and put a link to it on your save the dates.
6. Think outside the box. You don't have to register for only the traditional stuff, like china and an ice bucket and tongs. Unique registry ideas include: monthly subscriptions (like Netflix, meal subscriptions, wine or beer subscriptions), tools, natural cleaning supplies, or a honeymoon registry. Get creative, and pick things you actually want!
7. Feel free to return items. If you got wayyyy too many towels (or you end up not liking the ones you received), but you didn't get all the serveware you wanted, feel free to exchange them! And don't feel guilty about it.
8. Send thank you notes. And send them in a reasonable amount of time. It's just plain ol' rude not to, y'all!
I hope this helps y'all out! Registering can certainly be tricky, but it's pretty fun once you get the hang of it. :)