Episode from the podcastTO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast

026: Wedding registry

Released Sunday, 29th March 2015
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Today on the podcast, I’m talking about wedding registries.  In my “I’m Engaged, Now What?” series, I briefly touched on the this step, but because it is such an important part of your wedding planning process, I’m going to talk about it more in depth in this episode.

Setting up your wedding registry gives you and your fiance the chance to create the ultimate wish list for your home and new life together. What could easily be considered one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding sometimes ends up becoming stressful or overwhelming for couples.  I hope this episode helps de-stress this step in your wedding planning process.

Include your fiance! Take your significant other’s wants and needs into consideration too. After all, you two are building a home and life together, so you want your future spouse to have a say in some of the wedding registry details.

When you are determining which stores or sites to register at, it's always a good idea to inquire about a store's exchange/return policies. Also, when picking out your stores, find out if they have any perks or incentives for creating a registry at their store.  For example, at Bed Bath and  Beyond, Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, you get a 10 percent completion discount on items you registered for but didn't receive.  

When it comes to picking out items for your own registry, don’t feel like you have to be limited to traditional registry lists. Register for items you and your fiance want and will actually use.

When you start scanning items for your registry, be sure to register for items in a wide range of price points.  In addition, you and your fiance should try to have at least twice as many items on your list as guests at your wedding.  That will also allow for your guests to have more options when selecting a gift for you and your fiance.  

Registering at two to four places is ideal because it gives your guests options, plus it is still a manageable number for you and your fiance.

Once you register for your wedding, be sure to include your registry information on your wedding website so guests don’t have to second guess where to purchase your gifts.

Have fun with your fiance checking this item off your wedding to do list!

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