Bridal Club Magazine
Starting a Wedding Gift Registry
Couples should never hesitate when deciding to start a gift
registry. Do you really need two toasters and a popcorn machine
that you'll never use? A gift registry is the perfect way of
telling your guests exactly what it is that you'd both love to
receive as a wedding gift. Sometimes couples that are starting from
scratch need certain things. It's better to receive things that
you'll need and use, rather than receiving a dust-collector.
Starting a wedding gift registry is actually quite simple. First,
you both need to select a department store. Just a note: If you're
registering at a high-end department store, make sure that you
select several gifts that are affordable to a loved one that may
not have a large budget.
Call the department store that you've selected to schedule an
appointment. You'll also wish to reserve a hand-held scanner to
scan your items for their prices. Caution: Avoid the weekends at
all costs. Pick a day like Monday or Wednesday evening to perform
this duty. It's less crowded and the staff will be available to
help you with any queries you may have.
When you get to Kitchenware, go nuts with small gadgets and
utensils. This is very considerate to your guests who may not be in
the present financial status to spend $300 on a gas BBQ grill for
you. Even though these small items add up, you'll have more in your
kitchen as a result. Additional small items to shop around for:
picture frames, barware, wall-art, window coverings, decorative
rugs, linens, and lamps. Remember, don't go for the most expensive
because you're not the one buying it. Look at these things as if
YOU were the one purchasing it. Do you feel it's worth the money?
Is it something that you'd love to see in your home? If you've both
answered 'yes,' add it to the registry.
Also, don't get caught up in the excitement of small appliances.
If you add a microwave to your list, do you need a toaster oven?
It's all about priorities. Needs versus wants. It's important that
you keep that in mind throughout your tour in the department store.
Most importantly, if you find yourselves disagreeing whether you
need something or not-walk away from the item. Discuss it later,
you can always add it to the list the next day, if it's THAT
important. Whatever it is, it's definitely not worth fighting
Carter - Jen Carter is owner of My Wedding Blog, a free wedding
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