When can you walk into your favorite department store and get practically everything you want? We wish every day, but that’s not the case. However, the minute you get engaged, you certainly can.
First you should select 2-3 national stores, so it’s convenient for your guests to choose the one easiest for them. Next, take a look ahead of time to get an idea of what you may want from each store. Your registry should consist of a variety of items and price ranges ~ from simple kitchen gadgets to fine china. This allows your guests the option to purchase what they are comfortable with.
Do not just think of the present, but think about the future when making your selections. You may not be ready to serve a complete Thanksgiving dinner in your studio apartment this year, but one day you will. One can never own enough serving dishes, platters and glassware. You should be ready to entertain on a moments notice.
Be sure to add plenty on your list. Don’t be afraid that it may be too much. People like options, so it’s a good idea to just include everything you could possibly want. This process should be done 4-6 months before the big day, if not sooner in case you are having an engagement party and/or shower.
Some registry faux pas to be aware of:
- Never ask for money.
- Do not include registry info on the formal wedding invitation. Let your family and bridal party spread the word. However, you may include it on a wedding website if you design one.
- Do not forget to send thank you notes right away.
If you don’t know the difference between porcelain and bone china, silver plate and sterling silver, toppers and runners and/or glass and crystal, here’s Martha Stewart’s guide for all you need to know. It’s a good idea to educate yourself before you start the process.
Now grab your fiance and get going. Make that registry STYLED.