Bridal Gift Registry Question And Answersby Kenneth Koch of Your Wedding Place.com
The Bridal Gift Registry is a great way to let wedding guests know what the bride and groom would like to receive as a wedding gift. The basic concept is to decide on a single store or a few stores, create the registry, select the items from their list and notify the wedding guests.
Where To Register
You can register at multiple stores, which can give a nice variety of wedding gift ideas for your guests. It's a good idea to register at one major department store (Macy's, Target, Bloomingdale's), then one or two specialty stores (Bed Bath & Beyond...). Any more than that may make it difficult for gift buyers to remember.
Be sure to check the store policies regarding returns of items purchased through the registry.
When to Register?
You should register at least six months in advance of your wedding date. Registering in advance will give your guests time to purchase pre-wedding event (bridal shower) gifts also. If you register earlier than 6 months, you run the risk of stores discontinuing some of the selected gifts.
How Many Wedding Gift Items to Register?
Do not hesitate to add many items to your wedding gift registry. You'll need to add several gifts per invited guest to give a wide selection of items to choose from. Don't limit yourself, this is your chance to get everything you need!
What Gifts to Register?
Register for items you plan to buy in the future anyway. Most registries include all the items you will need for your home after the wedding. Some items include: bed and bath, formal and informal china, flatware and cookware, home appliances, luggage and home furniture.
What Price Range?
Be sure to select from a wide price range of gifts to accommodate all your wedding guest's budgets. Some buyers will prefer to purchase several lower priced items. Place some higher priced gifts for those guests who will buy combined or 'chip in' gifts.
How to Inform The Guests?
Never, Never, Ever announce your wedding gift registry in a shower or wedding invitation. It is never proper etiquette to ask for or expect a wedding gift. Pass along the registry information by word of mouth through family members and friends.
Wedding gift registries include Villeroy and Boch, Denby, Waterford, Lenox Vera Wang by Wedgwood, Arthur Court, Casafina and more. Bridal registry department stores include Macy's, Target, Crate and Barrel and Dillards
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