It's that time of year, love is in the air and wedding planing is in full force. Here are few tips to keep in mind when completing your wedding registry:
1. Time It RightIt is completely acceptable to register as soon as you get engaged. This is great for guests who would like to purchase a gift for any prewedding celebration—engagement parties, showers, brunches—or for people who'd just like to send something as a token of their congratulations.
2. Know ThyselfDon't be a slave to traditional registry lists. If you never cook at home but love to camp, it makes more sense to register for a tent than to request crystal goblets. But be open to the fact that your tastes may change in the future. Even though you can't imagine the need at this moment in your life for that glass trifle bowl, it may become indispensable for future dinner party desserts.
3. Take StockMake a list of what both of you have and will keep—and what you still need and want. Consider the need for “everyday" and “formal" versions of dinnerware, glassware, table linens, and serving items. Important: Discuss what level of formality you want and general color schemes or patterns before you begin.
4. Do It TogetherThe two of you should be registering for gifts you'll both enjoy. To decide on what you need, talk about the style of home you'd both like, and divide and conquer categories (maybe he gets to choose electronics, while she gets to choose the bedding). And don't let Mom drag you around—in this case, she may not know best.
5. Know Your GuestsBe sure to register for items in a range of prices so that people can choose gifts within their means. Provide a mix of goods: Think traditional for older relatives, affordable and fun for college pals. It may sound a bit manipulative, but you've got to make your registry choices appealing—and easy for your guests to buy.
6. Over-RegisterTo satisfy gift needs for showers and engagement parties, request more items than the number of people on your guest list. Having options does not look greedy: You're actually doing guests a favor by giving them more choices.
7. Take Your TimeCouples who try to register in a rush may later regret their choices—or miss items they need. Be sure to budget plenty of time for browsing and debating. You can always add to your list at a later time.
8. Get Plenty of PlatesIt's a good idea to request eight to twelve place settings . Dinner parties are most successful with six to eight people, but if you have a large family and plan on entertaining during holidays, you may want more.
9. Sign up for Storage StuffDon't forget to register for places to stash your gifts. For example, you'll want to store sterling silver and silver-plated flatware in felt rolls in a silver chest with slotted insets (or a tightly closed drawer) lined with felt linen to prevent scratching, denting, and tarnishing.
10. Plan for Late ShoppersAsk the store how long your registry list will remain active after the wedding. Conventional wisdom says that guests have up to one year from your wedding day to buy a gift, so that's at least how long your registry should remain active.
11. Weekend UpdateTwo Fridays before your wedding (most gifts are bought between two weeks before and two weeks after a wedding), be sure to check your registry and add additional items if necessary to make sure guests have options.
12. Be GraciousThank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent within two weeks of arrival. Notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within a month of your return from the honeymoon.
-source: The Knot.com
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