If you are planning a wedding, one of the things that you need to consider is the wedding registry. At first glance, the wedding gift registry seems like it should be easy. After all, the registry is just what people are planning to give you! The truth of the matter is that a good wedding registry requires some thought and some careful advance planning. You want to make sure that is a good choice for your guests, so keep a few important things in mind.
Choose Gifts of Varying Prices
When putting things on a wedding registry, it can be easy to simply choose gifts that are within a narrow price range. However, it is most polite to your guests to choose gifts that cover a wide range of prices. Some guests may not be able to afford much, while other guests prefer to purchase several smaller gifts of lesser value. While it is appropriate to put pricey things on the registry, make sure that there are many smaller items as well.
Traditionally, wedding gifts were intended to help a young couple start up their life together. For many men and women, it would be the first time either of them had lived away from their parents’ home. That being said, many men and women live independently of their parents these days, and a wedding may not involve a change in homes at all. This is why a common wedding gift is a toaster; it is often presumed that the new couple does not have one! Take a look around your home and think about what you really need. For example, if you and your new spouse love camping, why not ask for camping gear? Think about the items that will make your life together easier.
Many, Many Choices
Some couples hesitate over putting too many items on their wedding registry because they are concerned that it will make them look greedy. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing wrong with giving your guests plenty of choices! Some people will do their wedding shopping much later than they might like, and you do not want them to be stuck with only a few items to choose from. The more items you put on your wedding registry, the kinder you will be to your guests.
Because the wedding registry seems like such a simple chore, it is easy to have it taken care of by only one person. Remember, however, that the wedding presents are supposed to be for both of you, so why not take the time to choose them together? Stretch this relatively simply task out over several nights, and talk about what you each might like. This can be a great bonding experience before a wedding, so take your time and enjoy it!
Consider Several Spots
There are not many stores that will have everything that you need. While you can choose large conglomerates like Amazon, you can also choose several stores and add them to you registry list as well. By picking several stores, you make it much easier for people who would prefer to shop at a brick and mortar store rather than online.
Author Bio: This post was written by Matt from notanothertoaster.com who believes your wedding gift registry should reflect the couple you are together, so think hard about what belongs on it!