Many couples enjoy the process of setting up their wedding registry. You simply go to a store that you like, give them a few personal details, and then walk around and pick out items that you would like for your wedding. While this seems easy, there are a number of mistakes associated with this process. The following information will help you avoid these issues as you prepare for your wedding.
Forgoing the Registry
Some couples do not see the need in registering for their wedding, particularly if they have already set up a home together. They might prefer cash, and they believe this is the best way to encourage that type of gift. However, wedding registries are so standard that the majority of your guests will look for one. If they can’t find any information, they tend to simply pick something up, often an item that you do not need. In addition, you may get questions about why you have not registered, and it will be hard to talk about it in a tactful way if you are expecting people to give you money.
Keeping It Small
Sometimes the bride and groom feel funny about registering for items and do not want to seem greedy. Therefore, they create a small list. This makes it difficult for guests to purchase an item that falls within their budget. Similarly, if you “over register,” you may wind up with gifts that you do not like as much. The general rule of thumb is to take the number of guests on your invitation list and multiply that by two. That is the number of items you should register for when you go to the store.
Keeping It Expensive
It is easy to get carried away when you are registering. After all, this is a wish list of sorts for your wedding. However, make sure that you also include many less expensive items on your registry. There should be several things that are less than $25, for example. Not everyone has a lot to spend on a present, and it is important to give them the option of getting you something you like at a price they can afford.
Keeping It Inexpensive
Some couples have the opposite problem. They choose gifts that are quite inexpensive and do not put anything “big” on their list. It is perfectly fine to put a few big ticket items on your list. You do not want them to be the only thing you register for, but some people enjoy spending a little more. In addition, some guests might want to join to purchase something nice for you and your partner.
Picking Useless Items
It is easy to get caught up in the idea that there are certain things you “have” to register for when you go to the store. However, there is no point in putting down a lot of kitchen items if you rarely cook, for example. You simply won’t use the items. Do not let anyone tell you what you should register for. Get what you need and what you will use.