1. DO give yourself plenty of time to look around
Registering is a long, time consuming process and can take hours! The first time I went to register, I spent over 4 hours at Bed, Bath & Beyond. So make sure you clear your schedule, put your phone on vibrate and enjoy planning out your future with the love of your life.
2. DON’T register on an empty stomach
When you go to register at the store of your choice it can take a long time to decide which type of cookware you want: do you like Aluminum, are you a Cast Iron type of person or do you only use Stainless Steel? Believe it or not these choices are a big deal and making these decisions shouldn’t be taken lightly. So eat and avoid the empty stomach feeling, so you can enjoy the process of registering.
3. DO register together as a couple
You know the old verbiage Opposites Attract? It’s definitely true, which means your tastes differ from your significant other and you will both want to register for different things. Therefore, you need to register as a couple so you can both get what you want. Helpful Tip: Be opened minded: if you register for that Emerilware™ Pro-Clad 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set with ergonomic handles, then he gets to register for that awesome high tech BBQ Grill Set. Marriage is all about compromise, so you might as well start getting used to it now.
4. DON’T register for something if you aren’t sure you’re going to keep it
When people pick out something from your registry they are imagining you using it in your new home in the future. So don’t register for something because you think it is something you should register for or something you know you will never use. Choose items you can see yourself using.
5. DO register as early as possible.
Unless you are planning a long engagement (several years) then don’t worry about registering right away. BUT, if you are planning to have Engagement Parties, Bridal Showers, Couple Showers, Brunches or for people who just want to send gifts, then register early to give people a chance to get you something you want.
6. DON’T register at only one place
When registering for your wedding you should never just pick one place, giving people options is important. When some people hear that you registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond they might think that the store is out of their price range. So, pick one store in a higher price bracket and one in a lower price bracket to give people choices. Register at least 2 places!
7. DO take inventory of what you already have
Go through all of the stuff you both own to see what you still need and want. Think about “everyday” items as well as “formal” items. That Fine China may seem like a waste of money (or a registry item) right now, but when your first anniversary comes around and you want to prepare a romantic dinner together that China might not seem like such a bad idea. The point is to plan out your future; short term and long term.
8. DON’T under-register
A good rule of thumb is to take the amount of guests you have and assume they will buy you two gifts and register for that amount. If you are having 100 guests at your wedding, register for 200. The more options you give people, the less stress they will experience and the more they will enjoy choosing the perfect gift to add to your new home and life.
9. DO look for perks
Before you pick where to register, do your homework! Bed, Bath & Beyond allows you an opportunity to purchase whatever is left on your registry with 10% off! When purchasing a lot of items 10% can make a BIG difference.
10. DON’T register for seasonal or clearance
By the time people start buying from your registry, seasons might change, so do not register for anything that is seasonal or being clearance out. You are just wasting your time adding it and it won’t be around for people to buy.
11. DO register for a wide range of prices
People need options, so make sure you have a wide range of prices. A well thought out registry should have a price range from $2.99 to $299.99. Most people will buy gifts that cost $20-$50, so make sure you have the bulk of items in those price ranges. Close family will want to spend a little more so having those items in the hundreds price ranges are not a bad idea either.
12. DON’T forget to go over your finalized registry.
Did you accidently register for 7 Crockpots? Did the Registry Gun go haywire and duplicate several items? Make sure you print out your registry and check to see if everything is okay.
13. DO update
Most people are last minute shoppers when it comes to wedding gifts, which means a bulk of the items will be purchased roughly two weeks before your wedding. Make sure you add a few more things if your “unpurchased” items list is low on options.