Bridal Registry Made Easy…
WHY SHOULD WE REGISTER OUR GIFT PREFERENCES?
Family and friends will want to give you a special gift in celebration of your wedding and most do not know your particular tastes and style. They will appreciate being able to select something from a list tailored to your likes and needs.
A registry reduces the number of duplicate gifts you will receive. Dillard’s registry system, for instance, deletes each item from the list at the point of sale so it won’t be purchased again. This minimizes returns after the wedding because you will be receiving things you like and need.
Most registries are available on the Internet so that people can shop for you in the convenience of their own home. This also makes your registry accessible to those who do not live near your registry store.
WHEN SHOULD WE REGISTER?
We recommend beginning your registry 6-9 months before the wedding. Start with dinnerware, flatware and stemware selections and then add the more fashion-oriented items later, in time for your showers, or as the wedding draws nearer.
WHAT SHOULD WE PUT ON OUR REGISTRY?
Your registry can include tableware, linens, house wares, appliances, luggage, lingerie and other personal items that are popular for shower gifts. Register for items appropriate for both showers and wedding gifts all on the same registry. There is no need for two separate registries. Take into consideration the number of invitations you are sending for your wedding when creating your registry. Registering for what seems to be an endless list of gifts can be a turnoff to guests. Focus on the things you need the most and you will be more satisfied with the outcome.
Register for items in all price ranges so there will be a gift to fit any budget. Don’t be afraid to put some higher priced items on your list. Some of your family and friends will be interested in a more expensive gift either individually or as a joint gift.
DO I NEED A CONSULTANT TO ASSIST ME WITH MY REGISTRY?
Although scanners are popular these days, it is wise to have a Consultant guide you through the registry process. You will appreciate the expertise and product knowledge with everything from cookware and linens, to creating your table settings of dinnerware, flatware and stemware. Most couples who were reluctant in the beginning to have someone assist them later are glad they had the help of someone who could answer their questions!
It will be helpful if you schedule an appointment with the registry consultant so that she/he will have time set aside just for you. It will enable you to establish a rapport with a wedding professional who can often assist you with information that will help you to make your wedding planning easier.
HOW WILL PEOPLE KNOW WHERE I AM REGISTERED?
Many people are familiar with wedding registries these days and simply call and ask for this information. The hostess for a shower can include your registry information in the shower invitations. Stores such as Dillard’s provide enclosure cards for this purpose. You can also help to spread the word by telling people how excited you are that you have started a gift registry when they ask you how your wedding plans are progressing. It isn’t considered proper etiquette though to include your registry information in your wedding invitation.