Striking a balance with your wedding registry

Registering for wedding gifts should be one of the first tasks you tackle when you get engaged. Friends and family will be looking to buy wedding gifts as soon as he pops the question. Really! :) Registering for wedding gifts is a fun activity for you and your partner but there are a lot of questions that come to mind when creating a registry from where to register at, how many gifts to register for and at what price points. The key to a registry both you and your guests will be grateful for is balance. Here are a few tips:

  • Register early: We suggest registering early if you're prepared and have given some thought to what you want and need. Registering fairly soon after your engagement is key in case any of your loved ones want to send engagement gifts. You can always start small and add more items as you get closer to your shower and wedding day. You will find that you edit your registry many times leading up to the big day.
  • How many stores do I register at?: The magic registry number is three. Registering at three different places is enough to give variety but not cause too much confusion. It also gives your guests a variety of stores and price points. 
  • Diversify where you register: Registering at both a brick-and-mortar stores and online stores will cater to all audiences - whether it be your grandparent or friend from college. Be sure to keep your audience in mind. You may be familiar with Zola and Blueprint online registries but older guests may not be as comfortable with an online experience. Having a mix of online and store registries is key. 
  • Include multiple price points: Register for a wide range of gifts at various price points. You will want to keep in mind to register for not only your wedding but bridal shower. Register for lots of gifts on the lower end, but don’t be afraid to add in some higher-end items for any close family or friends. Registering for a wide range of price points: under $50, under $75, under $100, under $200, and beyond is key so all of your guests can choose gifts they can afford. 
  • Register for enough items: It may sound like a lot, but I recommend registering for two to three times as many gifts as you have guests. People like options. If you have, say, 100 invited guests, you’ll need a minimum of 125 registry items.
  • Thank you cards: Most of all, be gracious to your friends and family. So get started on your thank you cards as soon as the gifts start rolling in! Thank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent within two weeks of their arrival. Notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within a month of your return from the honeymoon. Tip: be sure to mention the gift by name in the thank you. :)

Happy registering!! xx