Worth the wait and bursting with newlywed must-haves, I give you Part 2 of Everything You Need to Know About Registering for Your Wedding. Enjoy! WHAT TO REGISTER FOR
After you’ve chosen which stores you’d like to register at (I recommend three) and you’ve made appointments at each, grab your groom and take an inventory of your current casa. Do you have a fully stocked dream kitchen a la Veranda magazine or is it a collection of pots and pans from your days as a student? Do you have shelves plumb full of silver picture frames and sparkling crystal, or are you in dire need of both? (because for goodness’ sake, don’t we all deserve some civilized luxury?!) Asking yourself these questions will help you determine what you need to register for. To make registering a breeze, I’ve compiled four lists (print these out and take them to your appointments!), to guide you through what you need and how many of each:
HOW TO LET OTHER’S KNOW
No need to place an announcement in the paper to notify guests of your registry (although, that would be fun, wouldn’t it?) Instead, kindly let people know via word of mouth, and by having the hosts of your showers list them on the invitations. Additionally, if you have a wedding website list it there as well.
REGISTERING DO’S and DON’TS
If you need linens, do register for bedding and towels.
If you’ve always wanted a waffle iron, register for one. However I recommend you be cautious when it comes to appliances, because do you really need three panini presses?
Sterling silver flatware comes with a hefty price tag, so if grandmother plans on giving you hers or you don’t feel it’s a priority, leave it off the registry. However, I highly recommend you register for wedding china. You will covet it, and take tremendous pride passing it down to your children someday.
Do write thank you notes for every gift that you receive (check my Everything You Need to Know About Thank You Notes post for tips).
Do return duplicates and exchange them for something else on your registry that you need.
Some bride and grooms request that guests donate to a charity in lieu of or in addition to their gift registry. If there is a charity that holds a special place in your heart, by all means add it to the registry!
There you have it! I hope you found this post valuable, and as always reach out to me if you need some MBB pearls of wisdom!
A Mrs. of two years now, I fondly remember when my husband and I registered for our wedding. Carefully picking out our china, kitchen tools, and special decor items for our home, the process proved equally productive and fabulously thrilling. You get on a bit of a roll once they put that scanner in your hand!
Registering is so much more though than just selecting which color Cuisinart you want, it’s creating a life together. The glasses aren’t just glasses, they’re the cups from which you’ll drink juice together every morning. And the crystal vase isn’t just a vase, it’s the vase you’ll fill with beautiful flowers from your husband. Clearly I’m a romantic! So whether you’re recently engaged or planning ahead, here’s everything you need to know (Part 1) about registering for your wedding. Enjoy!
WHEN TO REGISTER You’re engaged, hooray! From bridal showers to the actual wedding, guests will no doubt be chomping at the bit to shower you with timeless treasures and everyday essentials. To guide guests on their quest for the perfect gift, register within the first two months of your engagement. This way, friends and family have not only time, but options for gift giving. Some people will send your wedding gift months in advance of the big day, while others will bring it to the event, and so you want to make sure that you’re registry is complete early on.
WHERE TO REGISTER National department stores, home stores, and kitchen-speciality stores dominate the registry world, as they offer everything newlyweds need for their nest. Top stores include: Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Macy’s, Tiffany & Co., Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn just to name a few. However also explore local boutiques – if you live in Dallas consider Madison and The Ivy House – in your neighborhood, as they may have gorgeous gifts just calling your name! Dear friends of ours recently got married in New Orleans (an absolutely spectacular occasion!) and they registered at darling local shops there – definitely something to consider if you’re having a destination wedding. Finally, a quick tip: Make registry appointments so you have a trusted sales associate to help you navigate the store and choose your must-have items.
Oh-so exciting news, dear readers: I’m thrilled to announce that Must Bring Buns and my thank you note etiquette tips are featured on D Magazine’s fabulous BridalBuzz blog! A must-read for any blushing bride-to-be, this blog houses a treasure trove of invaluable wedding planning recommendations and expert advice. Click here for the link and I hope you enjoy it!