Let’s face it, not everyone is a big fan of gift registries, but with our bridal registry tips, you’re covered! As a party host, it is a bit time-consuming to go into the store and look for things others can buy for you as a gift. It’s a bit awkward, right? As a guest, once you are handed a link or a name of the store where the celebrant is registered, you always dread browsing through the absurd items and overpriced price tags.
The bridal registry, however, is a part of the entire wedding tradition. As it is a tradition in the earlier days to bring the bride and the bridegroom presents, from which they can start their new life and family together. Other brides and couples have opted to avoid the gift registry, through asking directly for monetary gifts in the invitations or through discouraging any form of presents in general, especially for overseas couples and destination weddings.
Being able to set up an effective bridal registry might just make the process a bit more enjoyable for the invited family and guests. Here are a couple of tips and tricks:
Early Birds Get the Worms.
The earlier you can accomplish the lists, the earlier the guests can access it. Especially for destination weddings or for out-of-town guests, traveling to a wedding is a huge expense on their part. For them, being able to get your gifts early means that they can allocate their funds and plan their expenses well.
Diverse Price Ranges.
When doing rounds in online shopping sites, the first thing most people do is to sort items by price, low to high. In your registry, you would also need to think the same way because technically your guests are shopping for you and your groom. At least a third of the registry should include items that are priced at $50 and below, or further adjust the price points to suit the guests and their expected preferences. You can include one or two $300 items that you and your partner would absolutely love to have in your new home, just in case the parents or the bridal party would like to splurge for you two.
Convenience is Key.
Register in different stores and shops, to make it more convenient for the guests to get you a gift, wherever and whenever they can. Membership cards and points are to be taken into consideration, as the older guests prefer shopping from familiar stores and chains rather than trying out newer shops and brands.
It’s a Guy Thing.
Don’t forget about the men. Allowing the groom to pick out his own gift items for the registry is more than just being fair. It also allows the invited single men to easily grab the gifts in the hardware section, rather than purchasing tea sets uncomfortably.
Peek from Time to Time.
Even with the long list of to-do things for the wedding day, remember to check the registry from time to time to see how things are going. If more of the lower priced items have been purchased already, enter in new ones and try to tweak the higher priced ones to see if they might just be a little too much for your guests’ budget.