One of the funnest parts of wedding planning so far has been registering for my dream kitchen. M and I both love kitchen gadgets, so unfortunately we probably won’t get to use 1/2 the stuff we’ve registered for since our kitchen is so small. As I’ve been going through this process, I’ve learned a few things and thought I’d share today on Wedding Wednesday!
5 Tips For Your Wedding Registry
1. Need vs Want - This may be the only time people buy you exactly what you want. So maybe you don’t need that bone china, but if you want it, you should register for it. If you technically already have a blender, but it was $20 at is falling apart (like mine) you should register for a new one, and ask for the one you really want! If you get it you can always decide to keep it, or return it for something that you need more and didn’t get.
2. Store vs Online - When choosing where to register we decided to choose a real store (Macy’s), and an online only store (Amazon). Some people aren’t savy with the internet, or maybe they just prefer to shop around and wrap your gift themselves. Having this option was important to us. Also, depending on where your guests are coming from, it might be a good idea to choose a store that has multiple locations all over the country.
3. Go see it in person - Just how big exactly is a 5.5 quart dutch oven? Does this discount flatware look just as nice as the expensive stuff? Go into a store and check it out in person. It doesn’t have to be a store you’re even registered at. Spending an hour or so wandering around the home department will change your mind about some of the items you’ve registered for. Pictures online don’t give you scale and can be very deceptive.
4. Honeymoon registry - I’ve already written about how expensive our honeymoon is going to be, so it was really important for us to create a honeymoon registry. There are a lot of sites that offer this, but we chose to link it to our wedding website through Wedding JoJo. Be sure to create a variety of price points ($30, $75, $100, $200, etc.) so your guests can choose something that makes sense for them. This is especially great for those of you who have been living on your own for a while and don’t need a lot of house stuff.
5. All inclusive registry - One of the newest trends in registries is to not go through a specific store, but add anything on the internet. This is a great idea and will someday take over store registries. I looked into a couple of these sites, but to be honest none of them are as easy to use as the traditional registries. A lot of them didn’t pull in photos of the items, so that’s not good, and in general there were a lot of “passwords”, “codes” and other hoops for my guests to jump through. Hopefully the user experience will get better soon.
Have any more tips about wedding registries? I’d love to hear!