When the wedding planning process began for Will and I back in April, I always envisioned registering for wedding gifts would be one of those fun and easy tasks for us. Now, we are less than six months until our wedding day, and we just recently finished setting up our wedding registry. It has taken us over a month from start to finish. The process was much more confusing and time-consuming than I had imagined it would be!
There are so many options of what to register for and so many ways you can register for gifts. In addition to all the options out there, I got a lot of opinions on what was proper or “normal” when it comes to wedding registries. If I could go back and time and give myself some advice before going down the gift registering road, here are the tips I’d share.
My Wedding Registry Tips
- Get inspired. Looking at other couples registries is a great way to start thinking about what you and your partner should register for.
- Make a game plan. Start by checking out a comprehensive wedding registry list online. I printed off two of the ones below. Then, Will and I went through individually and circled things we thought were needed. This was a great way for us to start the conversation. We discussed what we should register for, noted what we already have and thought about items that can be upgraded.
- Pick a few registries. It is good to register at two to four places because your guests will have their own places they typically shop. Some may also prefer shopping online over a store, or vice versa.
- Take your time. Set aside a couple full days on upcoming weekends for you and your partner to focus on the registry together. Going to a store in person was not originally something I thought was necessary, but for certain bigger items it is definitely helpful to see them.
- Don’t delay. It is ideal not to put off registering for gifts until too late. Aim to register for gifts before the six month mark. You do not want the process to feel rushed, and as I mentioned it can take longer than you think to figure it all out!
- Vary the prices. Don’t register for lots of small things or only a few big things. It is best to have the majority of your gifts be under $100 and then have about 25-30% that are more expensive.
- More is better. Register for more gifts than guests. Now, there is no need to register for 400 gifts when you will have 200 guests, but registering for extra things will make gift buying easier because your guests will have different preferences for shopping and gift giving in general.
- Check in. Keep in mind that certain products or items you register for could go out of stock. Every so often, and especially a couple of weeks before your wedding, check on your registries. Make sure all the items on your list are available and make any necessary tweaks or additions.
- It’s ok to be unconventional. Don’t feel pressured by the opinions of friends or family on what you should register for. Everyone has opinions, but if a certain item will not be used or is not your taste, don’t register for it. Whatever people say, it is absolutely fine to register for unconventional gifts. For some, these can include a honeymoon fund, hammock or a cool bluetooth speaker system. This is your time! Your registry should reflect you and your partner’s tastes.
- Keep a gift tracker. Each time you receive a gift, write what the gift is and who sent it. Many registries have an online system that will track it for you. But, if you are registered at a few places, it is much easier to have one master list when you are writing thank yous.
Here is the Wedding Registry Checklist I used, from PopSugar:
Will and I registered at four places – Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Zola and Amazon. Zola is not as well-known as the other three, but it is a great option to consider for your wedding registry, especially if you would like to include have some unconventional gifts. The bulk of our gifts are from there. They have a huge range of brands and products. There are well-known brands like, KitchenAid, Le Creuset and All-Clad to shop from. In addition, Zola has several unique brands like Creative Co-Op and Brooklyn Slate.
Zola also makes it more possible to get some pricier gifts, by allowing you to activate group gifting. For example, we registered for a KitchenAid mixer on Zola that is $380. With the group gift activated, multiple guests can contribute what they’d like to gift you’ve picked out. The other great differentiator for Zola are the unconventional gift options I mentioned in my tips. Through Zola, you can create a honeymoon fund, add a fun experience in your city or give your guests the option to contribute to something like a down payment on a house (pictured below).
Some of the gifts on our registry that we are super excited about include a hammock from Zola, All-Clad pots and pans, Kate Spade wine goblets, a power drill that Will picked out from Amazon and dinnerware from Pottery Barn (pictured above).
For Will and I, getting wrapped up in registering for gifts left us feeling a little self-centered and greedy, but we reminded ourselves that these do greatly help your guests. Not only that but these gifts will play a huge role in turning our house into our very first home as a married couple.
What do you think about wedding registries?
Now, I’d love to hear from you. How do you feel about giving and receiving more unconventional wedding gifts? Have you used or bought gifts through Zola before? If you’re married, what were your favorite gifts you received? Is there anything you think ever couple should register for? If you aren’t married what do you look forward to getting one day?