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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

How To Start Your Wedding Registry

Congratulations, you’re engaged! The moment after you announce your engagement to family and friends comes one common question: Where are you registered?

Don’t freak out! Starting your registry is as easy as online shopping: and who doesn’t love online shopping?

We’re here to take you step by step in the best ways to start your registry.

First, Figure out what you need. Make a list. It will definitely make building your registry a whole lot easier.  If you don’t live together you should take an inventory of what you each have already and see what’s missing.

Next, find your stores. We recommend picking 2-3 stores and no more than 4 in a variety of price ranges. We know that Pottery Barn, Dillards, and Crate and Barrel are all at the top of your list, but believe me, your guests will thank you if you have some of the lower end stores such as Walmart or Target.

Offer both an online registry and brick and mortar stores.  Some stores offer both when you register with them. Some guests will prefer to hold a tangible item and lovingly wrap it for your big day, while others will want to the ease of online shopping (and shipping it straight to your house...and trust me, it’s like surprise Christmas everytime a package comes).

Offer items in a variety of price points.  Be cautious of adding the same thing on multiple sites - you don’t want to get those 5 toasters!  Also, make sure you choose enough items, you don’t want to run out of options for the guests that shop last minute.

Need money for your honeymoon? Start a newlywed fund! There are plenty of sites like Honeyfund, Zola, and TheKnot that house a cash registry! Spread the shopping out.  It may be fun for you to look at sheet sets in 30 different patterns before you move on to matching bath towels, but it could be absolute torture for your fiance.  Spread the shopping sprees out so you keep it fun.

Ta-Da! It’s that easy! Let your family and friends know where you’re registered at via your website, shower inserts, invitation inserts, and word of mouth!

And don’t forget to send those Thank You notes after you receive your gifts!  Find out more tips and expert wedding planning advice on The Bride Link.com



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