I regularly have clients asking me questions about wedding registries so I'm excited to share this guest blog post from Wendy at Honeyfund today! She's here to give you the low down!
If you have been to a wedding in the past few years, you surely know about wedding registries. This is a very important part of the gift giving process. A wedding registry is easier for the bride and groom to let their needs and wants to be known. It also makes gift-giving much easier for the guests.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind when creating your registries. We are going to give you some clues that will make the process go much smoother and ensure you get the gifts you want.
#1 Start Early
It is never too early to start your wedding registry. It is perfectly acceptable to register online or in a store as soon as you become engaged.
Some of the people who are interested in your wedding (and life) will invest in your future. They may need time to make the selections and decisions regarding your gifts. Others may have a specific gift in mind. Maybe there is an item you always dreamed of having and they want to get it for you. They will appreciate the item being listed as “purchased” on your registry.
If you are planning a destination wedding, you may need specific items. If you are going to a tropical island in December and you want summer wear or scuba gear, it will be much easier for your guests to purchase them in the summer.
#2 Have More Than One
You are going to have a lot of different choices. Some items are better listed on a Honeyfund registry. This is a free registry that can accommodate various requests. Requests like a night tour, stargazing in Hawaii is easier to provide on a Honeyfund. The guests simply click and pay online.
Some guests want to go to a traditional store. They want to buy a gift that they can wrap and put in your hand. They want to see the look on your face when you open the box. For those guests, provide a traditional wedding registry at your favorite stores. They don’t have to know that you can tie this together on your online registry.
#3 Know Your Guests
and Be Realistic
If you have a lot of family members, with healthy incomes and you expect high-dollar gifts, list away. But keep in mind that someone who is in college, starting a family, or just beginning their career cannot spend large sums of money on your gift, no matter how much they love you. So be sure to list gifts that are in the $50 range and even some that are cheaper.
#4 Keep Your
As you have wedding showers, dinner parties, and out of town guests who will send your gifts online, the list begins to dwindle. Do not allow the list to get down to only a few items. Go in and add more items as the list is adjusted. Always have options.
#5 Don’t Be Afraid
To Ask For A Gift Card
If what you really want is to go on fun and unique adventures while you are on your honeymoon, say so. Make a list of the activities that you are interested in, and you can even list the prices if you want to. Add a line that simply reads, “Gift cards are appreciated.” This is perfectly acceptable, and they are an easy way for guests to pool their money to give you the adventures of your dreams.
Thanks, Wendy, for this wonderful advice about how to get started on your wedding registry options! If the wedding registry is just one of many things that are overwhelming you about the wedding planning process, please contact us today to see how we can help!
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