The summer wedding season is just around the corner and I can’t wait! One reason is that brides will start registering for gifts on any number of different wedding registries. C’mon, what girl wouldn’t love going to the store to grab a scanning gun and going on a registry spree – especially when you don’t have to look at the price tags. Although it is fun to pick the things you want and not necessarily need, I recommend that you be smart about what you really do need as newlyweds starting out together. With that in mind, here are my top 10 wedding registry tips:
2) Give people options: You know there are going to be some guests that you have never met – whether its Uncle Bob that you last saw 10 years ago, or family friends of your in-laws. Make it easy for these individuals by telling them what you want. The last thing you need to worry about is returning all the red flannel bed sheets that don’t go with your decor (but sound pretty comfy!) or a dust collecting ornament that you don’t want or need.
3) Register for the kitchen appliances: The choice of kitchen appliances today can be overwhelming, but I think there are some definite must-haves, like a Cuisinart Griddler Panini Press! Last May I was in Italy with my boyfriend (now fiancé) whom I fell more in love with, but I also fell in love with Paninis! I am not sure if it was due to the fact that food in Italy as a foreigner virtually guarantees that you will eat a Panini-a-day, but I certainly loved them. After all, what girl doesn’t enjoy bread and ooey-gooey cheesy goodness? Now that we are back home, I still long for the Italian Panini. So, when I go on my scanning spree for our wedding registry I will definitely be adding the Cuisinart Griddler. Forget about juggling all the pots and pans on Sunday morning for breakfast the Cuisinart Gridder comes with 4 changeable grilling options. Just pull out the easy Cuisinart Griddler and make bacon, eggs and pancakes using the full grill and then pull it out for dinner to make delicious burgers using the contact grill. I also like that it has a easy to clean grease drip tray. I can’t wait to try it out myself! Check out a couple of great recipes like Teriyaki Grilled Chicken & Pineapple and Grilled Bruschetta with Mediterranean Tomato Concassée appy that this kitchen essential can whip up!
4) You are allowed to register in more than one place: Don’t go overboard and register at 10 stores as that will be a lot of work to track. Register for different things at different stores. For example China at one retailer and bath/bedding at another will help ensure that you won’t have duplicates from different stores.
5) Look for in-store perks: Some stores will offer newlywed couple discounts of 10-15% off for items they did not receive on their registry. This is called a completion program. Every little bit helps!
6) Add more gifts than number of people coming: Don’t worry, they won’t think you are being greedy! Give guests options and price ranges so that the last minute Nelly will not be scraping at the bottom with nothing to pick from. Guests may also be attending the engagement party, bridal shower, and the wedding itself. The more gift options the better.
7) Tailor the registry towards couples activities: The list doesn’t have to be entirely traditional house hold items. Add items that you will both enjoy doing together such as a new tent for camping, snowshoes for snow showing, or two new bikes to cycle together. Include items that speak to both of you and don’t just add items because they are listed on “traditional registry lists.”
8) See what your friends received: If you have been to a friend or family member’s wedding recently, look at what they received from their gift registry. That will give you a better idea of what to put on the list and what to stay away from.
9) Know the terminology: Most people use the word ‘china’ for all sorts of dish wear, but there are differences. Casual china (like Stoneware) is cheaper and tends to be lower in quality than that of formal or fine china – which includes both porcelain and bone china.
10) Last but not least is the cash option: Even though it is tempting to say, “We don’t want gifts but are accepting money donations.” DON’T do it! Etiquette still stands that you don’t ask your guests for specific gifts, monetary or otherwise. If guests want to know, they will inquire with family and friends. Let that seed germinate and sprout on its own!
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