Registering For Gifts
Wedding gifts are traditionally given to celebrate a couple’s wedding. Gift giving is a sign of love and support for the couple. Registering for gifts takes the guesswork out of gift buying for guests. And that whole process has become much easier with the sophisticated gift registry systems available. Registering for gifts can be fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind to help the process go smoothly and to insure you get what you want.
- Think about what you want. A gift registry is really a wish list so register for items you want and need. This is your chance to get a jump-start on setting up your new household. However, do leave the gift choice to guests. They do not have to buy what is on your registry. If they want to spend time picking out a unique, heartfelt gift, that is up to them. Don’t forget to make sure your spouse-to-be agrees with registry items.
- Register for items in a variety of price ranges. Guests will have varying budgets and that way they will not be offended or feel bad if things are out of their price range.
- It is best to register with a national chain or catalog store. Guests who live far away will find it easy to shop through a catalog, online or at the chain store in their area. Registering at a store is beneficial for older guests who may not feel comfortable shopping online and will need to be able to go to a store and actually see the item.
- Do not register for the same items at different stores. Gift registries are not coordinated from store to store and you may end up with many of the same item.
- Do not include registry information in wedding invitations. This may offend guests. It makes it seem like you are more interested in the gifts than having them at your wedding. However, it is ok for shower hosts to include this information in shower invitations. It is best to pass information about your registry along by word of mouth. Wait until guests ask you or a relative. If you are asked personally, give registry information and always respond with some type of thank you such as, "Thank you for thinking of us."
- Keep an eye on your registry. As your wedding date approaches makes sure there are still items on the registry. If you run out of items for guests to buy, make sure to register for more items in a variety of price ranges to give last minute shoppers plenty of choices.
- Do provide anyone close to you with your registry information. That way when guests ask, they will be able to provide the correct information. This will help you and your guests save time.