Congratulations to your engagement and the upcoming wedding day! While you are enjoying the blissfulness of engagement, there are a lot of planning that goes towards the big day. In the midst of planning for the big day, there are also other planning, such as a wedding registry, which you will need to consider. Planning for a wedding registry could be stressful and overwhelming or it could be fun. It is up to you.
To help get you started, here’s a few things to consider.
- Don’t feel pressured to having a wedding registry. If you don’t want or need one, then you don’t have to have one. We are in the 21st Times have changed since the idea of wedding registry. Your guest will be fine in being creativity in gifting. Cash will be the typical go to gift.
- Think of what is it that you need and/or want. In what form would you like your gifts. A few options are all product gifts, mix of products and cash, all cash, or charitable donations.
- For product gifts, consider the following:
- What you currently have and would like to upgrade.
- What you would like to have now and for the future. Besides the traditional kitchenware and bedding, think of also entertainment, travels, activities, etc.
- Add to your registry things that are “Fun and Corky”.” Things that are associated to you as a couple. Your guest will enjoy gifting as much as you enjoy adding it to your registry.
- Prices of your registered gifts should have various ranges so to accommodate all your guest’s budget.
- Register in 2-3 stores, such as Bloomingdales, Macys, Targets, REI, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond to provide guest options.
- For cash gift, you could insert a nicely decorated card with your invitation as you would for a traditional registry that could say, “YOUR PRESENCE AT OUR WEDDING IS THE GREATEST OF ALL. IF IT IS YOUR WISH TO BLESS US WITH A GIFT, WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE A CONTRIBUTION TO OUR WISHING WELL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING OUR WEDDING DAY WITH YOU.”
- For the combo mixed of products and cash. You could do a combination of the two.
- For charitable donation, you could include the information and link for your guest to make their contribution on your behalf.
Some people will tell you that it is inappropriate to include registry and gift suggestions on the wedding invitation. They would suggest that it is best to communicate through word of mouth via your family and bridal party. I would say let’s cut to the chase. Who has time to ask around? This is a wedding! A celebration! It is a joyous occasion. All your family and friends would want to give you blessing. Make it easy for them. I would agree that the gift suggestion may be tacky to be imprinted in the wedding invitation, but it is ok to include as a separate addition to the wedding packet, as you would include information on accommodations and/or directions to the venue.
This is your wedding. Whatever you plan on doing, as long as it is right by you and to others, go for it. If it is not tradition, but you can start a new tradition or trend.