Wedding Gift Registries - Yes, There Is Etiquette for That Too

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As you prepare for your upcoming wedding, one of the highlights of the preparation will be registering for gifts. When preparing what to register for, it’s a good idea to consider some of the etiquette surrounding getting and giving wedding gifts. Here is what you need to know.

Wedding Gift Etiquette Basics

It’s customary for your guests to give you a gift at your wedding. Today, it’s also customary for the young couple to register at a few major retailers or online stores to show guests what they think they can use for their new home. This prevents Aunt Ethel from purchasing purple plates for a kitchen done in green and beige. So don’t feel bad about registering. Yes, asking for specific gifts seems a bit greedy, but you are actually doing your guests a favor.

As you register, remember that your guests are going to have a variety of shopping budgets. Put plenty of smaller-priced items on the registry, like simple kitchen and bath items, but don’t be afraid of the big-ticket items either. Sometimes friends or family will go in together to get you these larger items, while others may wish to spoil you with a larger gift.

What to Register For

Deciding what to register for is half of the fun of registering. Before you go, determine what your main colors will be in your rooms. This will help guide your decisions.

One of the first decisions to make is your everyday dining set. You need to choose your plates, cups and silverware, and then you can build your kitchen and serving products around this. Some brands like

Corelle have beautiful, modern designs that include matching serving dishes along with the place setting. Some couples will also choose to register for fine china, although this is becoming less and less popular. Instead, people are focusing on a quality set of everyday dishes they can use for daily meals and entertaining.

Other items to include on your registry include:

·Pretty measuring cups

·Mixer

·Bathroom linens

·Bedroom linens

·Picture frames

·Oven mitt and matching apron

·Table clothes

·Decorative items

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Don’t be afraid to add a few “splurge” items as well, like an espresso machine or bread machine, and always put a good mixer on your list as well as pots and pans.

Some couples will also choose to register for thank you notes that they like. You will be sending many, many thank you notes after your wedding, so this is not a bad idea.

Alternative Registry Ideas

If you are getting married after already setting up your home, you won’t need pots and pans and dishes. Instead, you will need to think of alternative wedding registry ideas. Some fun ideas include allowing your guests to purchase part of your honeymoon, asking them to donate to your favorite charity, requesting additions to your wine collection or even “registering” for cash and gift cards by indicating this need to their wedding party. If your true need is, for example, money for a down payment on your home, let your wedding party know that you will appreciate any gift you receive, but this is your true need for those guests who ask.

These alternatives may be viewed as unusual by some of your guests, but in the end the guests will be able to get you something you truly need or can use, so most will come around. If you are going to do an alternative registry, do consider offering a small traditional registry. This will help some of your older guests who are set in their ways choose something for your home without feeling uncomfortable.

Registering should be a lot of fun as you dream together about what your future home will look like. So make a list, head to your favorite retailer and grab the scanner. Soon you will have a list filled with potential gifts that your guests can purchase to help you set up your new home.

Lindsey Harper Mac is an Indianapolis native with a knack for finding the perfect wedding gift for any bride. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.

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