“I’m Ready to Set Up My Wedding Registry: How Do I Start?”
You and your future husband are diligently getting your wedding planning tasks completed…that’s a great feeling, isn’t it? One important aspects of this process is deciding on and setting up your wedding registry. There are several types of registries from which to choose, and a few things to think about:
What are some registry options?
Of course, there is the traditional gift registry, where you would visit your favorite store (Bed, Bath & Beyond or Macy’s for example) and choose items from the store’s inventory of countless items! Before you venture into the store, sit down with your fiancé and discuss the things you would love to receive. Check out what’s available on their websites as well.
Also, if you want to take your dream honeymoon, but it’s really not in the budget, look into setting up a honeymoon registry. Wedding guests can contribute toward a future vacation for you.
Are you and your fiancé foodies? If so, how about a foodie registry? Choose the restaurants that you love or that you’ve always wanted to visit, and your guests can gift you a certain amount at various places. Here’s a great example of a foodie registry is http://www.foodieregistry.com/
A charity registry is an excellent way to be a blessing to one of your favorite causes. Instead of buying gifts, your guests make a donation to a specific charity in your name and honor. This is a great option for the couple that has everything.
Online cash registries are also available for the couple who would prefer a monetary gift. However, be careful of this for 2 reasons: (1) Read the fine print of the site carefully. Make sure you understand how you can withdraw your funds, whether there are any fees associated with the registry, and what happens if the site/company goes out of business; and (2) Be delicate about asking for monetary gifts with your guests. To ask for cash can be perceived as being tacky.
Filling your registry
If you want to be able to entertain guests in your new home, a gift registry is a good option since you can request things you will need to host parties, get-togethers, etc. Also, if it’s important to you to be able to pass items down to your future children and grandchildren, include nicer things such as china and silverwear on your registry. In addition, make sure your registry contains items in a variety of prices ranges. You want to be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to purchase something for you.
If you are setting up an honeymoon registry, in addition to helping to pay for your accommodations, you can also include excursions and activities you want to do while on your trip. Guests can contribute to parasailing, scuba diving, spa treatments, or even a romantic dinner on the beach.
Ok, now it’s your turn. Choose the registry that suites you best.
Wedding and Event Planner Brenna Fields Taylor publishes the “Simply Elegant” bi-weekly e-zine. Go to http://www.an-elegant-affair.net to learn more about her company An Elegant Affair.
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