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To Register or Not to Register, That is the Question!


Congratulations! The question was popped and accepted and now there is a wedding to plan. One of the first choices every bride and groom must make is whether or not to have a registry. A registry is a shop-controlled list of items that would make great presents, chosen by the bride; (and sometimes the groom too). The decision must be made before the invitations are sent as it is prudent to add into the wedding invite details of where the registry is to be found. Although once considered taboo, due to it being thought of as rude to request certain presents; today however, it is perfectly acceptable and often a relief for your wedding guests, taking the pressure off of their gift buying experience.

Why Register?

A registry is excellent in particular for a large wedding guest list, where the chance of present double or triple up is possible. There is nothing worse than a newlywed couple having to send out five thank you cards for five toasters. Another useful time is if the happy couple have already been established in their life together. This is actually very common today as most newlyweds have already been living together, and therefore have most of the house-hold items that are usual wedding gift fodder.

Where and what sorts of things can be registered?

Most large scale department stores are fitted with their own bridal registry department. The department contains a team of assistants, who help create and maintain a bridal registry, and to assist guests in choosing from the registry a gift that is affordable, and possibly has a personal touch. As the guests buy from the registry, the assistant ensures it is marked as sold and therefore making no possibility of double ups. Registered items can include anything for sale within the one store. A bride and groom can opt to have two separate store registries if need be, but this is inadvisable. Keep it simple for the guests, less choices equals less hassle for them. Items the couple may include on the list could be electrical items, prints or pictures, kitchenware items, small or the occasional large furnishing items, DVD’s; the list is literally endless.

What are the rules to registry list making?

There is no real etiquette or rules other than one, make sure the registry includes items from the cheaper scale as well as the pricey ones. It is always important to allow the guests room to shop within their budget, which may be highly varying. Young friends for example may only be able to afford something small, whereas older family members may want to spoil. Often wedding guests may band together to buy a large and costly item, splitting the cost between themselves.

So, in the great debate of gift registering, as much as it may seem like a forced application on guests, it is often welcomed with glee; just be sure to create a user friendly list catering to the buying capabilities of the guest range.

Amanda J. Peters is a writer for Wedding Favours Kingdom. Wedding Favours Kingdom offers elegant and unique wedding favors, wedding table decorations as well as favors for other special occasions.

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