When it comes to wedding planning, it’s not all fun in games. In fact, some of it just downright sucks. It’s expensive, it’s stressful, etc. But one part that is definitely enjoyable is creating your wedding registry! We had a blast when we registered! We hit Bed, Bath and Beyond one Sunday and spent the afternoon roaming the aisles with a price gun, imagining what tools we might need for our life as a married couple. Even Dave enjoyed it! Mostly because he got to be in charge of the price gun.
While it might be fun, it is easy to get carried away when registering for gifts. Especially if you’re doing it in the store! You see something that looks awesome and, without imagining or discussing how you might incorporate it into your life, you’ve registered for something you don’t need and, in all likelihood, won’t use. So today I’m sharing some tips to make sure that you have fun creating your wedding registry, but also don’t make some of the common mistakes.
Not everyone is going to wait until right before the wedding to purchase a gift. Some might buy an engagement gift. You will probably have a shower. For us, we were receiving gifts in the mail in the months leading up to the wedding. Make sure to register so people have something to work off!
Be honest with yourself about what you’ll use.
This is a big one. There were definitely things we saw and wanted to register for that, if I’m being honest, we really don’t need. For instance, an iron. Have I ever ironed? No. Do I anticipate ironing anything in the near future? No. Then why did I register for one? Be honest and register for the life and habits you and your future spouse have now, not the life you think would be cool to have or wish you had.
Register for what you need now, not what you’ll need in 20 years.
This goes along with the previous tips. Dave and I live in a small apartment. So we don’t have a ton of space in the kitchen, or anywhere else, for extra appliances. So anything that we won’t be using regularly would have to go into storage. I would rather register for things that we need now, and shop again down the road when we have a house and more money!
Consider what needs to be upgraded.
Not everything you register for has to be something you don’t have. Consider upgrading what you already have. For instance, Dave and I have had a set of plates and bowls that we got from Target a few years back. They function just fine, but we wanted to upgrade for something a little nicer. We did the same thing with a mixer. We previously had a hand mixer that was, shall we say, aging. So we asked for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer (and got one!) Especially if you’re young like Dave and I, chances are some of your belongings such as small appliances, dishes, sheets, towels, etc. are lower end. People want to give you wedding gifts, so use this excuse to upgrade the cheap stuff you have!
Consider what stores your guests can access (and afford).
Not everyone orders gifts online. If you live in an area that doesn’t have a Crate and Barrel within two hours, probably don’t register at Crate and Barrel. Also, keep in mind that stores like Target carry many of the same brands and products as other stores, but at a cheaper price!
Register at different price points.
It’s fine to register for some more expensive items. For our expensive pot at pan set, we had family members go in on the gift together. But also remember to register at medium and low price points. Everyone has a different budget for a wedding gifts, so keep people’s options open!
Update it throughout your engagement.
Keep in mind, some products will be discontinued or sell out during the course of your engagement. Especially if you’re having a long engagement, make sure to go back and add up-to-date items.
What tips would you offer a couple registering for wedding gifts?
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