Who does not enjoy getting gifts? I have always said that registering for your wedding has to be very exciting. For some couples it can be stressful and overwhelming. I wanted to share with you some advice on how to make the most of your gift registry.
First, always register for more items then you think you will need. It is not the guests responsibility to fulfill each gift, but this gives them a variety of items to choose from. Pick at least three different stores to register at. Keep in mind the locations your guests will be coming from. You want to choose stores that are everywhere. If not, then they need to have an online shopping option. You want to make it as easy as possible. Also, have a variety of price ranges.
Do your research. Many stores offer specials for the couples. For example, Bed, Bath and Beyond offer a discount for any of the items you did not receive on your registry for three months after the date. Make sure you keep all gift receipts just in case you get too many of one item.
The most important piece of advice I can give you is this: DO NOT ever include where you are registered at in the formal invitation. You can post it on your website and your friends and family can spread the word. You do not want to seem like you are asking for gifts.
Some people struggle choosing items to register for. Think about what you are going to use most. If you are not going to use formal china, then there is no point in registering for it. There are no rules to the registry. Go through room by room and write down ideas of what you will need. If you are a couple who already has a lot of items, then do not feel obligated to register for them. Also keep in mind the future and if you will be doing a lot of entertaining. If you run out of items, keep in mind that you can register for your honeymoon.
Remember: Do not let this stress you! This should be something fun. Most large stores have a specific person who helps with their registries. Do not be afraid to ask for help and advice.