Hit a Homerun with Your Wedding Registry
Someone hands you an electronic wand and tells you to scan anything that you’d like to own, while you stand within one of your very favorite stores. Suddenly, you understand why so many wedding registries include an assortment of oddly random things. Whether you do your registry online or in the store, be sure that you have a game plan going in, so you don’t end up with a list that makes guests scratch their heads in confusion.
Take Inventory Don’t rush right into creating that wish list of items. Take a month, or at least a couple of weeks. As you go about your normal day-to-day routine, write down things that would make life easier, as they occur to you. While all of those designer plates, cups, bowls, and towels are beautiful and tempting, you will be much happier with the outcome if you make a list of things that you really do need. Taking inventory of your kitchen, your bathroom closet, and other such areas of your home can help you prepare a realistic list, before you are faced with the fancy juicers, bread makers, and ice cream machines that may just end up being fancy dust collectors in your house.
Consider Doing Your Registry in Stages If you are like the average bride-to-be today, then chances are that you are facing multiple ‘parties’ prior to the actual wedding day. Engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties are typical pre-wedding events. When the bride’s and groom’s families live in two different areas of the country, there can be multiples of these parties. So, it isn’t a bad idea to continue to revisit your registry after each of those events, to either add to or update the wish list based on what you’ve already received.
Keep the Price Range Broad While this list is all about you and your spouse-to-be, you also have to be conscious of the people who will be using it as reference when buying gifts. Depending on their relationships to you, their level of income, and their personal beliefs, the amount that they are willing to spend will vary. Be sure that your registry accommodates every budget.
If you choose items that you love, that you can use regularly, and that will fit comfortably within your home, you will undoubtedly be happy with the gifts you get off your registry list.