Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Gift Registry

Creating a wedding registry is fun…but it’s also a bit awkward! You can’t help but feel selfish making this mile-long list of “stuff” you’d love for someone else to buy for you…but, from a guest’s perspective {hey… I’ve been a guest at least a million more times than I’ve been a bride}, it’s a huge relief to have a variety of options to choose from when shopping for a wedding gift.  In fact, one of the ladies who helped us through the registry process suggested the minimum registry should include twice as many items as the number of guests you’re inviting. All of the traditional wedding registry stores provide you with a checklist and tips for creating a registry, so I’m not going to get into all that.  I’ll just share with you some of the advice we received and the lessons we learned regarding the ultimate wishlist {i.e. the wedding registry}.


Gift Registry


Consider your guests.  Create your registries at stores that are easily accessible for your guests.  This is especially important if you’re from a small town that doesn’t have a Bed Bath & Beyond/Crate & Barrel/Pottery Barn/etc.  I know it’s hard to wrap your head around this, but not all of your guests shop online, so make sure to register at a local gift or hardware store to accommodate your guests who like to pick out gifts in person.
    
     Think long-term.  Imagine the things you’ll need later down the road {you know, when you’re actually a grown up} and include those items on your registry. For example: household goods you’ll need when you move to a bigger house, serving pieces and utensils for hosting a holiday meal, linens for guest bedrooms/bathrooms, etc.

Include items for HIM. Some guests from the groom’s side, especially those who have not yet met the bride, will want to give a gift geared more towards him. Think grilling items, outdoor gear or power tools.

Register for items at all price points. Duh…this doesn’t really even need an explanation, but I guarantee you will be shocked at the generosity of your guests. Don’t be afraid to register for expensive items…several guests might pool together to get that pricey item for you. Also remember to include several items on the lower end of the price scale, especially if you’re having a shower or other pre-wedding festivities where guests may bring a gift.
         
Actively monitor your registry. I’ve got to thank my fabulous wedding planner {HeidiBeth from The Wedding Connection} for this advice. I had decided that I wasn’t going to look at our registries because I didn’t want to know in advance which gifts our guests had purchased. {Who am I kidding? That was never going to work for me…I hate surprises and need to know everything in advance!} Anyway, HeidiBeth suggested that we pay attention to our registries and add items as necessary to make sure that items are available at all price points.  She explained that a guest planning to spend $50 will opt for a $30 gift rather than a $70 gift if there are no $50 gifts remaining on your registry.  This kind of goes back to the whole awkward/selfish feeling, but just remember…you want to give your guests lots of options!

Send "Thank You" notes. This might not technically be part of the registry process, but it is incredibly important. Take a few minutes to sit down and write a note to let your guests know just how much you appreciate their generosity. Be sincere...and make it personal. Tell them why you love their gift or how you plan to use it. Try to send the thank you note relatively soon after you receive the gift. This will also benefit you in the end...because it's much easier to write a few thank you notes at a time as you receive the gifts rather than having to write them all at once when you return from your honeymoon.

And there you have it...my two cents on this 
 "Wedding Wednesday!" 
What did I miss? What else is important regarding wedding registries?
I'd love to hear from you!



6 comments:

  1. Great post! We felt weird at first since we already had the things we needed but My mom was like "look, you have 300+ guests that want to get you something...register" haha ps ADORE the watercolor in those envelop liners!!

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  2. Register for all price points is a good one! I registered for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer never dreaming someone out actually buy it. But they did! And it's the best. (And it's surprising how many people don't send thank you notes anymore. So lame!)

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  3. Perfect tips!! You should make sure you pin this - great advice!!

    xo

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  4. I agree with all of these points, especially the first one. It's SO important to mix it up when it comes to your registry. You should have a more higher end, aka Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel, AND a cheaper option like Target and BB&B. It's so annoying when couples only register at one place like Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn, because not everyone can afford that stuff!

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  5. Great points, your should consider participating in the wedding Wednesday I co host!

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  6. Great advice! I should have started the thank you notes earlier...it's taking me FOREVER!!!

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