Now that you are engaged, you are more than read y to grab the scan gun and make your wedding registry, but what are important things to consider?
- Do register with store that located in the area where the majority of your guests live. While your bridesmaids are comfortable with ordering online from a store not located in their area, your Grandma Betty might not be.
- Do register with more than one store – give your guests variety and options, but do not get carried away (no need for 6 registries with all the major department stores in your zip code!)
- Do register before your invitations go out – people will want/need time to decide what to buy you for your special day
- Do keep you guest in mind. This means registering for items that accommodate a wide range of budgets. General rules of thumb – 40% of your registry should be gifts $50 and under, 40% $50-$150, 20% $150 plus BUT you know your guests, so adjust these numbers to suit who is attending your wedding
- Do end thank you notes –generally within 6 weeks of receiving the gift – this is really important (and just as FYI – emails and typed general thank-you’s are not appropriate)
- Do not send out registry cards or include registry information in your invitation. This makes guests feel like you are more interested in the gifts then their presence on the day of your wedding.
- Don’t register for $5 or less items. You can pick these up on your own or use a gift card. A guest might be thrown off by a $3.99 item on your registry.
- Do not ask for cash. If you are seeking cash and checks only, it is considered taboo for you to tell guests that – let your relatives and bridal party tell guests. Word of mouth works best for spreading the word that you would rather have money than items, BUT if you do receive a blender or toaster, graciously accept it.
- Do not use wedding gifts prior to the wedding in the event that something happens (God forbid!) – it is etiquette to send back wedding presents if for some reason the wedding is called off