So you’re getting married and it’s time to set up your wedding registry (also known as a bridal registry). But what is a wedding registry? And why should you bother setting one up in the first place? We’re here to help answer your wedding registry questions and can even help you create the perfect wedding registry where you can get exactly what you want and need to build your future together. But first, the basics:
What is a wedding registry?
A wedding registry is a list of the gifts that an engaged couple wants or needs to start their lives together. The idea so to ensure the couple gets what they really want, there are no duplicate gifts and to provide a guidance for the gift giver.
Until recently, wedding registries happened at big box stores like Macy’s, The Bay, or Target. Unfortunately, the gift options available at these traditional wedding registries are typically limited to kitchen and house wares. Think cutlery, tea towels and toasters.
Another option is to register at smaller boutique stores specializing in these things. Floral china set anyone?
While some couples may want traditional gifts, many are moving away from big box wedding registries. By taking advantage of new online wedding registries, couples have the flexibility of registering for a broader range of gifts getting exactly what they want and need.
Why should you register?
While it might seem a little selfish to create a list of gifts and then ask for them (it’s not) couples that don’t set up a registry often experience the backlash both before and after the wedding. First of all, a wedding registry makes things easy for guests and helps reduce the anxiety around gift giving.
Second, your friends and family are going to give you gifts. By creating a registry, you’ll help ensure that they’ll be spending time and energy (not to mention money) on something you actually want and will use.
When do you set it up?
While there is no official timeframe, the sooner the better. You want to give guests ample time to make a purchase before your wedding (even though the majority of gifts will be purchased the day before, the day of and the day after the wedding).
Just be sure to have your wedding registry in place before any event invitations are sent (engagement party, bridal shower etc) as guests will often use the registry in these cases as well.
Where do you go?
As mentioned above you have several options. You can visit a big box store near you, find a local boutique shop, or set up a registry online. With the first two you know exactly what you’re getting. If you’re choosing an online option, you have the flexibility of registering for things like your honeymoon, charity, or cash contributions towards anything on your wish list.
Want a bit of everything? It’s also not uncommon to set up more then one gift registry! For example use one registry at a big box store for kitchen appliances and an online wedding registry for their honeymoon, house down payment or anything else you want or need.
How do you tell people about your registry?
This questions comes up a lot! You can tell people about your registry through printed card inserts (which you can include in event invitations), through posting a link on your wedding website, or in some cases directly from the wedding registry you’re using. For example, with Wedding Republic you can notify guests through Facebook, email, or through your bridal party. We’ll also send you printed cards inserts you can include in the engagement party, bridal shower or wedding invitation.
Here’s a litte more information on how to tell people about your wedding registry.
So you’ve got the basics and you’re ready to go. Set up your wedding registry in minutes with Wedding Republic, an online cash wedding registry.
You can add anything – your honeymoon, custom artwork, an iPad – nothing is off limites. And your guests will have a fun and convenient way to contribute towards your wish list.
Want to find out more? Check out Wedding Registries 101 for everything you need to know about setting up your registry!