Planning a wedding is an enormous undertaking, and you may be tempted to whiz through the creation of your wedding registry to get on to bigger, more complicated tasks. But, being thoughtful about your wedding registry will help your guests. Here are some dos and don’ts to think about when creating your wedding registry.
Create Your Wedding Registry Early
Your friends and family will want to start sending you gifts after you announce your engagement, so the earlier you have your registry established, the less guessing your guests will have to do about what to buy.
Register at More Than One Retailer
Register at several stores to give your guests options, and a mix of online and brick and mortar retailers is ideal. While you may love the convenience of online shopping, not everyone does, and older guests may be more comfortable with purchasing gifts in person. Keep in mind that not all retailers are available in all parts of the country, so you want to be sure that you register with retailers that are available where each of your guests are located.
Make Sure You List Gifts at All Price Points
Ensure that your registry has a range of price points so your guests can find gifts that fit their budget. Ideally, items under $50 should make up about 1/3 of your registry list; items between $50 and $150 should make up 1/3, and items that cost over $150 should make up the final 1/3. Make sure that you have a much larger number of items listed on your registry than you have guests at your wedding. For example, If you have 200 invited guests, you should list 250+ items on your wedding registry. People love having a large selection to choose from.
Mix It Up With Traditional and Non-Traditional Gifts
Depending on your personality and that of your intended spouse, select a mix of both traditional and non-traditional gifts. Think about who you and your beloved are, and select gift requests that reflect that. Wine club memberships, camping gear, or tech gadgets are fun non-traditional gifts. Consider the guests who prefer old-school wedding gifts, and decide whether you want them to have options they will be comfortable with, too.
Wait to Use Your Gifts Until After the Wedding
If, for some unforeseen reason, the wedding is called off, the gifts you receive may need to be returned. Therefore, it is proper etiquette to wait until after the wedding to use the gifts you and your future spouse receive.
Write Thank You Notes
Everybody loves to have their gift-giving efforts appreciated, so hand-write thank you notes and mail them in a timely fashion. Be sure to mention the specific gift the recipient gave you and how much you will enjoy using it.