Top 7 Wedding Registry Tips

There are so many wedding traditions we are happy to bid adieu – but of course, there are ones we love to love. Wedding registries have been around for close to 100 years. In 1924 a Chicago based department store known as Marshall Field’s was the first to introduce the idea of the wedding registry. It was also known as the “gift registry. Couples would select items from within the store that they wanted to receive as wedding gifts from their guests. While modern day digital based honey funds and house funds are something to celebrate, wedding registries will remain a traditional for another 100 years. Because of this, I wanted to share my top 7 wedding registry tips with you so you can make the most out of your wedding registry. Let’s get to it!

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1.) Add The Essentials to Your Wedding Registry First

When it comes to creating your registry, it’s best to add the essentials first. Every couple is different, so things you may deem essential may not be essential for every couple. With that being said, many couples choose to add things such as pots and pans, dish towels, bathroom towels, silverware, china, etc.

2.) Register For Enough Gifts

Don’t worry about adding “too many” items to your wedding registry. By adding a lot of items, you’re giving your guests a wide range of things they can purchase for you. When you add many items to your wedding registry, it makes it much easier for your guests to find something they’d love to purchase for you! Not everyone want’s to buy you a pot set, so add whatever your heart desires!

3.) You May Not Get Everything on Your Wedding Registry – That’s Ok!

Don’t worry if you don’t receive everything on your registry! It’s normal for there to be items left over. Many stores allow you to buy the remaining items at discounted rate, most ranging from 10%-20% off! A lot of registry’s also will allow your registry to remain active even months to years after your wedding date, so people can still continue to buy things off of your wedding registry for birthdays, holidays, etc.! Have a birthday or Christmas coming up following your wedding and your family is asking what they can get you? Send them the registry!

4.) Give Your Guests a Range of Price Options

Make sure that your gifts range in price that way there are affordable options as well. Don’t shy away from adding expensive items to your registry, either. Many people love to go in on big items together, so if you have your heart set on an expensive item, add it on!

5.) Merge All of Your Wedding Registries in One Place

Merging all of your wedding registries into one place will make it not only easy for you, but easy on your guests, too. Nobody wants to go back and forth between all of your wedding registries to decide what to get you. The great thing is, there are several websites that make this easy for you, such as Zola, Joy, The Knot, and more! Check out these “4 Universal Wedding Registries That Will Keep Your Wish List in One Place” by Martha Stewart!

6.) Make it a Date Night Activity With Your Partner

Creating your wedding registry can be fun! Make it a date night. Order in some takeout, have some wine on hand, or pop a bowl of popcorn and listen to some romantic tunes with your partner while you create your registry together! Your wedding registry doesn’t need to have just pots and pan sets. You can add on things for normal housekeeping or yard work as well. Husband would love a weed whacker? Add it on!

7.) Write Thank-You Notes Right Away!

Of course, as soon as you receive the gift it’s best to say thank you, but you’ll also want to send out an official thank you note! It’s best to do this as soon as possible, such as within two weeks of receiving your gifts. Of course, the time around your wedding is very busy! The best etiquette for sending thank you notes is no later than 2-3 months after your wedding day! You can enlist the help of your partner as well in this task! Take a peek at these “10 Tips for Writing Thank-You Notes for Wedding Gifts” by Martha Stewart!

Ready to Create Your Wedding Registry?

My hope is that this has helped you feel prepared in creating the perfect wedding registry for you and your partner! Creating your registry doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, it can and should be fun! Like I said above, make it into a fun date night for you and your partner. Looking for a wedding planner who serves the Sonoma, Bay Area, and Napa Valley areas? I would love to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. You can learn more about me here. If you think we’d make a great team then inquire with me here. In the meantime, you can see more wedding days and wedding tips and tricks on the blog!

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