Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Get Gifted: Perfect Your Wedding Registry

Kitchen Aid Mixers are a popular registry pick, plus they make a great bridal shower centerpiece!
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Wedding gifts aren't mandatory, but most wedding guests will choose to celebrate your union with a special something. Creating a gift registry is a helpful way to steer your guests in the right direction as they shop for items that will help you and your partner start your new life together. Here are a few tips that I found useful as Neal and I started creating our wedding registry:
  • Do it together.  Does your significant other have a set of housewares that you can't wait to toss? Now is the perfect time to brainstorm the style of home you want to have and start fresh! Plus, it's much more fun to shop for china patterns when you've got a partner in crime!
  • Take inventory of what you've got. Think about items that you'll use regularly, items that you already own, and things that are on your wish list.  Start to brainstorm what you'll register for even before you arrive at the store. In fact, this brainstorming will help you choose which store to register at! Need a little help? Check out this checklist from Real Simple
  • Choose more than one store. Variety is the spice of life, and your guests will appreciate options.  There are no rules that limit you to Williams-Sonoma and Bloomingdales. Non-traditional shops like Amazon, Target, and even REI offer registry options! If you don't want to commit to a single store, try a new online registry like Blueprint Registry, which allows you to select items from any store's website and house them in a single location for your guests. 
  • Know your guests.  Pick a variety of price points so that there's something for everyone. Some guests will want to spend $50, while others may spend upwards of $200 or go in on a group gift. Also, consider what types of gifts your guests might choose. For example, some of the ladies in my family would flip if we didn't register for fine china, but it's not a must-have for every bride and groom. 
  • Over-do it! It's unlikely that you will receive every single item you register for, and that's ok! Go overboard and then exchange the items that you didn't love for that one big-ticket item you didn't receive. Plan to register for about 2-3 times per guest on your list.
After you've created your registry, remember to check the list and update it as needed. If the supply gets low, you might choose to add additional items. It's also helpful to keep a log of all the gifts your received so that you can thank your friends and family appropriately. In this case, thank you notes are absolutely a MUST!

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