One of the most purely enjoyable parts of the wedding planning process is creating a registry—listing all the items you and your fiancé would like to receive as you start your new life together. By all means have fun with this experience, but also remember that there are strategies involved—strategies to help you actually get the things you want and need.
Tips for Starting Your Wedding Registry
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.
Register sooner rather than later. There’s nothing at all wrong with registering as soon as you get engaged. There will be a lot of people who want to celebrate your engagement with gifts, so why not give them the opportunity?
Take stock of what you’ve got. Between you and your fiancé, you may already have some items that you intend to use in your new life together. Take an inventory and make sure you don’t register for things you don’t need.
Know what you like. If you simply hate the idea of formal, fine China, and can’t imagine yourself ever actually using it, then don’t register for it. You don’t have to be beholden to traditional registry ideas.
Think about the future. At the same time, think about the things you might need down the road. A bunch of big serving bowls may seem pointless to you right now, but what if you’re hosting your in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner within a few years? Those bowls might come in handy!
Have multiple registries (but not too many). The magic number is between two and four. Give your well-wishers some options of where they want to shop, but don’t overcomplicate things.
Think about your guests. Take some time to consider who you’re inviting to your wedding. You may have some family members who want to get you something big and fancy, and some old college pals who may have more limited means. Make sure your registry offers a good mix of items.
Start your registry together. This is a great opportunity to get on the same page and to plan together for what your married life will be like. Enjoy this as an activity for two!
Registering for gifts is one of the fun parts of getting engaged. Another fun part? Touring wedding venues and imagining what your big day will be like. To schedule a tour of Mosteller Mansion, contact us at your convenience.