Creating a Bridal Registry
While getting to spend the rest of your life with the one you love is a pretty big perk already, there are tons of other pluses to saying the big "I Do." Receiving gifts for your new life as a couple definitely tops the list , so get to know all the ins-and-outs of creating a bridal registry to ensure you snag the best bridal goodies for you and your soon-to-be spouse.
Consider the Options
- Avoid doubles. Since you and your sweetheart probably have a lot of the same items--racked up after years of living on your own--take inventory of all the stuff you've accumulated. You don't want to ask wedding guests for things you already have, and therefore really don't need. Another way to avoid duplicates is to simply move from room to room in the house, cataloguing what you collectively have, need and wish for.
- It's okay to be frivolous. So his and her snorkels may not be the most practical gift out there, but if it's a pastime you both love, then go for it. You're sure to have a kooky aunt who will love getting you something a little more exciting that fits your lifestyle.
- Consider the guests. While you and your honey may be itching for that new flat screen TV , it may not be polite or practical to ask your guests for such an expensive item. So keep in mind the guest list while shopping.
- Reality or online? It's up to you whether you want to actually go to a department store to scan your items, or simply log your registry online. While it may be safer to see potential gifts in person, it's less time consuming and much more convenient to surf online. Either way, most stores have an online component that allows you to check in to see what gifts have been purchased, allowing you to make changes to your list accordingly.
- Please and thank you. Never ask for money, don't announce where you've registered on your invites and always send out thank you cards . Bing. Bang. Boom.
Not sure what to ask for? Consider these traditional and non-traditional gift ideas:
Some other stuff you may want to check out while you're on the wedding circuit: