There’s no doubt that creating your wedding registry can be daunting. With so much on your mind as you and your partner embark on your journey together, it can be hard to know how to make the most of your registry, from what to ask for to how long to spend doing research. Here are our top five tips to keep you grounded throughout the process.
Tip 1: Know thyself. It may seem obvious, but the first step in creating a registry is to think about what you really want. Don’t ask for certain items only because they’re traditional—if you’ll never use a fancy set of knives or an enameled Dutch oven, why bother? Think about how you spend your time and what kinds of gifts could make that time even better. Maybe you’re a world traveler and a durable, lightweight duffel would change your life, or maybe you really love your dog and could use a sturdier food bowl than you’ve yet been able to buy. Remember: there’s no shame in asking for something out of the ordinary. The people perusing your registry want to make you happy, whether that means shelling out for a crystal goblet or a collapsible water bottle.
Tip 2: Know thy guests. Although there are probably a couple of people who’d be happy to fork over $500 to snag you a luxury blender, the majority of your guests can’t likely afford that sort of investment – and that’s why it’s so important to make sure you fill your registry with options in a variety of price points. It’s the thought that counts, and with goods for all budgets, everyone you’ve invited will be able to wish you well without breaking the bank. Don’t be afraid to add a couple of extra big ticket items beyond what you think is realistic, though. Groups of friends will often band together to purchase an expensive gift, so who knows? Maybe you’ll score that elusive stand mixer after all.
Tip 3: Overdo it. In a similar vein, be sure to go wide, as setting up multiple registries often makes it easier to select exactly the goods you want. Instead of trying to force yourself to build your wish list from the inventory of only one retailer, which may mean sacrificing certain items for others you’re less excited about, why not open up your options and set up registries at three or four different outlets? You’ll benefit from the variety of goods to choose from, and – bonus points; remember step two – will be able to better cater to those who may not be able to afford a $50 olive oil dispenser, but would happily gift you a $10 one that’s equally as cute.
Tip 4: Take it slow. There’s no need to rush to complete your registry – your guests have ’til a year after you wed to get you a gift, after all, and some of them will assuredly take the full time. Make sure you allow yourself the flexibility you need to build a roster of items that get you excited, not just ones that are only okay or that you feel like you should want, but don’t. Once public, it’s a good idea to check up on your registry periodically, too, to see if it may be helpful to tack on additional items once your initial list has been picked over.
Tip 5: Stop, collaborate and listen. Finally, keep in mind that crafting a registry isn’t a one-person job. Be sure to review your picks with your partner. You’re embarking on a journey together, after all, and you’ll want to make sure you’re on the same page about what that means and whether it might involve giving that immersion blender you want so badly the axe. After you’ve settled on a final list, it’s usually prudent to run it by your loved ones; their input will help fill in any gaps you may not have realized you’ve left in the flurry that is planning a wedding and you’ll be left with a registry fuller than you could have hoped for (or created on your own).
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