Registering for wedding gifts is not a requirement, however there are some significant benefits that make it worth your consideration. Wedding gift registries make the present giving process simple and convenient for guests, and keeps everything incredibly organized for you. It also prevents you from receiving duplicates of a certain item. If you’re concerned about registering for fear of seeming greedy, rest assured that the majority of your guests will appreciate knowing your preferences and giving you something you truly want or need. If a guest prefers to get you something off the list then they will, and that's absolutely fine as well. At the very least you have given them options, and that is never a bad thing.
Here is some registering etiquette and suggestions to consider:
- Have a wide variety of items at a wide range of prices.
- Set it up early.
- Do not put registry information on the invitation itself. Some stores will give you a little card to slip into the invitation, otherwise keep it to your wedding website and/or let guests know upon request.
- If you already live together or have most of your household items, use this as an opportunity to upgrade or gather extras.
- Consider registering for some fun items too. Items for travelling, camping, or games for a rainy day.
- Register at more than one location, or at least one location plus a money tree at your reception.
- If you choose to "register" for money, spread the information by word of mouth or your wedding website. Again, do not put this information on the invitation itself. If may feel awkward to ask for cash, so you may find words like "contribution" or "donation" helpful. Once again, it may be a good idea to register with one store in addition to this.
- Send thank you cards sooner than later. Many sources say you have a year to send your thank yous out, but it is always a good idea to do it as soon as possible. It is all to easy to put them off, become bogged down with other things, and forget to do it altogether. Aim to do them as soon as you can.
- Do not forget those other thank yous. In addition to sending cards to your wedding guests, it is also a good idea to send cards for gifts given at showers or from guests who could not be present at the wedding, but sent you a gift anyways.
- Have fun! Registering for gifts shouldn’t feel like a chore. It’s an opportunity for your fiance and yourself to create your ultimate gift list. You may even make a date day out of it by picking up coffee beforehand or going out for dinner and a movie afterwards.