Registries can be confusing, and you might not even know where to start. Here are a few points to keep in mind as you create your perfect wedding registry!
Many popular registry locations offer incentives for registering with them or for certain items or brands. As you register, search their registry site and do Google searches to see what they are currently offering. Also keep in mind registries that offer completion mark downs, such as receiving 10% off all remaining items on your registry after your wedding. My husband and I had a reception in my home town and many of our guests elected to give us gift cards instead of purchasing items, as that would make it easier for us to travel back home with. Then, after the wedding, I used those gift cards and completion offers to buy the rest of the items on our registries.
Check out these examples of registry benefits you can find:
Create two registries: one online, one in person
Online registries are overall easier, both to read product reviews and ratings while setting it up and also for guests to purchase gifts online and have them sent directly to your doorstep. However, not everyone is so tech-savvy, e.g. those older family friends from your parents’ lists! There are definitely people on any guest list that would appreciate a physical store registry.
Also, some items are better to register for in person–for example, I registered for a full set of beige bathroom towels on my Amazon registry, and although they had good reviews, they turned out to be rather yellow-tinted. If I had found the towels I liked in person, I would have been able to make sure I registered for the color that I really wanted.
Be careful not to double register for items
Although having two registries is definitely best, make sure that you do not end up registering for the same items on both registries (I’m sure you can imagine why). Create your registries early and take your time to read through reviews and ratings to make sure that you register for the best item available at each of your registry sites.
Register for items keeping a wide price range in mind
Having several items at lower price levels will allow those who cannot afford to buy something extravagant to still feel like they are contributing to your future home. I suggest having a few smaller items under $30, but then also having a few more expensive items for guests that have larger budgets or for a few guests to go in on together.
Check out my Wedding Registry Checklist for specific ideas on what to include on your registry! Happy shopping!