Congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to do some planning. While putting a wedding together is a huge responsibility that requires a lot of work, choosing which gifts you’d like to receive from your guests can actually be a lot of fun (and a much needed reprieve). Just remember that there is a right and a wrong way to do things, so you can avoid any unnecessary turmoil as your big day nears. Don’t make these mistakes when creating your wedding registry:
Not varying item price points. Keep in mind that some guests will be more willing and able to spend the big bucks than others. While your parents may splurge on a new washer and dryer set, you can expect that many of your other guests may only be able to purchase a set of slotted spoons. Don’t alienate any of your guests by not including a variety of gifts, at a variety of price points, on your registry.
Not choosing enough gifts. This is especially important if you are having a large wedding with many guests. Your invitees depend on your guidance when it comes to gift-giving, and that means they will rely heavily on your registry for making purchases. You want to give your guests plenty of choices, and also ensure that there are plenty of gifts to go around.
Choosing too many gifts. While you don’t want to make the mistake of registering for too few gifts, it’s also advisable that you not register for too many, either. If you list a lot of gifts that you don’t necessarily want just for the sake of having plenty to choose from on your registry, you are likely to end up with a lot of items that you could do without, in place of the things you really wanted.
Registering for the same thing at more than one location. It is not unusual for couples to register at more than one location (Macy’s and Home Depot, for example) in order to offer more variety and options to their guests. This is a great idea, but only if you do it correctly. Don’t register for your dream coffee maker at two different stores . . . unless you want two of the same coffee maker.
Not asking for what you really want. There is a lot of pressure on couples to meet the status quo when it comes to the wedding takeaway, whether it’s coming from pushy salespeople or overly-concerned in laws. If you know you’ll have no use for fancy china or his and her embroidered towels, simply leave them off your registry.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your lifetime, but your marriage should last a lifetime. Your wedding registry is meant to help see you through the long haul. Make sure you do it right.
About the Author: Leena Lahm spent a great deal of time planning every detail of her wedding, from her gown and her gorgeous yellow bridesmaid dress selections to her cake and wedding registry. She had a beautiful day and her guests had a great time, too!