Wedding Registry Basics and Where We Registered
Hello, hello! How many of you are getting married? Have you created your wedding registry yet? I know this was one of the hardest decisions we made early in the wedding planning saga. So, I want to help make the process a little easier for you!
I’m going to chat about where we chose to register and the items I am most excited about! Jarrett and I have lived together for almost two years, so I’m also going to discuss how to go about creating a “honeymoon registry.” I know these days many couples live together prior to their wedding and don’t necessarily need more towels! Some people may think it’s a bit tacky… but I feel like my friends and family would rather put money towards an experience than give me a vase I’ll never use.
Here are my top tips for keeping the wedding registry process fun!
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When you begin to determine where you will register, I think there are a few key things to keep in mind. First and foremost, you want your wedding registry to be accessible to everyone. Try to have a mix of online stores, as well as locations where Grandma can walk in and shop if she isn’t so handy with technology.
You also want to give options that fit a wide range of budgets. Sure, you can register at Williams-Sonoma, but your college bestie who is currently between jobs may not be able to afford a $100 dinner plate. Just saying.
We ended up choosing Crate and Barrel; Bed, Bath & Beyond; and Blueprint Registry!
Crate and Barrel
When we started talking about our wedding registry, I knew I wanted to choose a retailer that has classic basics. Although Jarrett and I have everything to outfit an apartment, we are looking at a registry as an opportunity to upgrade items! We chose to register for pieces that we will love now and love in the future, because they go with everything.
If you create a Crate and Barrel registry, I highly suggest you pick classic pieces that will last! These items are on the more expensive side and you want to make sure what you select will fit your décor as times change. You can easily mix and match trendier, less expensive items with the staple pieces in the future as your taste develops and home décor trends comes and go.
Here are a few of our items on the wishlist:
Bed, Bath, & Beyond
This is one of those retailers that is almost everywhere in the United States, which will be a huge help to your guests! Also, can we chat about the 20% coupons that are in everyone’s mailboxes? Your guests will appreciate that they can score a deal on something from your wishlist! Can anyone tell me they don’t want to help save their friends and family money?
I do have to say, the actual in-person registry process was a little daunting. A store associate will walk around with you, pointing out items that are the most popular and things you may not have thought you needed! Key point here: you don’t need a lot of what they suggest. We spent 20 minutes picking out a china pattern, despite knowing we would never use china. Don’t get sucked in like we did!
Check out a few things on our wedding registry:
Now, this is a website I have loved using! The wedding registry site is broken down by rooms in your house, with popular items pulled from major retailers. You can also add “honeymoon” items to your registry, such as roundtrip flights, breakfast in bed, or a couple’s massage. These end up being cash gifts, however give your guests an idea of what you will be spending it on! I think this is the perfect site to use if you really have no need for more material gifts.
Also, you can download a task bar to your search engine and add an item to your wedding registry from literally any website. Jarrett home brews craft beer, so we found a few items on Amazon and voila, they’re magically on our registry!
If you want a more in-depth post about Blueprint, let me know, because I love it!
Here are a few of the items on our registry:
What to Register For
Think about the people you are. Do you entertain a lot? Register for martini glasses. Do you hate the kitchen? Don’t register for expensive knives then! If you plan on hosting all future holidays, you might want a roasting pan, but otherwise, is it something you could live without?
Don’t feel like you need a registry. But be aware that people expect one and will ask. If you really don’t want anything, put a message on your wedding website asking for donations to a charity of choice.
Check up on your registry fairly frequently, with increasing frequency as you approach your wedding date. We have had some items go out of stock or be discontinued. Try to have the most up-to-date registry as possible to make it easy on your guests.
I hope this was helpful! Be sure to check out my other wedding posts here.