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Friday, March 11, 2011

Wedding Gift Registry Questions


A little confused on how to go about registering for your wedding gifts? Not quite sure how to let your wedding guests know? Registering for wedding gifts isn't always as easy as it sounds, but with a little know-how, it shouldn't be that complicated either!

Q. What should I register for?

Household items of course, are the most common and practical choice, and generally this is what you should stick with. Pots and pans, dishes, appliances, bedding, towles, etc.

For some ideas on what to register for, take a look at this checklist from theknot.com:

http://wedding.theknot.com/online-wedding-registry/wedding-registry-checklist.aspx

Also, make sure you keep your guests budget in mind, and register for gifts in a wide price range. A good rule of thumb is to price a third of your gifts $50 and under, a third $50-$100, and a third $100+.

Q. Where should I register?

When deciding where you want to register, you want to think about your guests. It's better to register at a large chain store, rather then a small boutique. You want to make sure all your guests have access to the stores you've registered at.
As far as how many stores to register at, it should generally be kept to 2 or 3. Commonly, brides will register at one pricey store, and one less pricey store.

Q. How should I let my guests know?

It can be difficult to get the word out to your guests without looking rude. You should not include where you are registered on your invitations, nor tell your guests yourself. It's best to have close family and friends spread the word for you. Bride's Magazine suggests having your maid of honor inform your guests with a wedding newsletter, which can also include wedding updates and shower information. If you have a wedding website, you can also inform your guests that way.

Some other things you should know:

-Try to complete your registry four to six months before the big day. This way guests will have plently of time to shop, and can also use your registry to buy gifts for your bridal shower.

-Make sure you register for enough gifts. Martha Stuart Weddings suggests registering for more gifts than you have guests.

-Send out thank you gifts as soon as possible. Don't wait longer then two weeks, and make sure you personalize each one.

~Liz
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