The wedding registry has become an integral part of the wedding planning practice. It is almost as important as a bride's gracious choice of a memorable unique wedding favor to express her love and gratitude to her guests for choosing to spend a day making merry in celebration of the wedding.
The question though is, when should a couple choose their bridal registry? How do they go about choosing the stores? How many stores should they sign up with?
Generally it is advisable to begin working on the wedding registry early in the wedding planning process. Really, six months before the wedding is not too early as there are a lot of factors to consider.
Choosing the right stores and the right items can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. The decision of how many and which specific merchants to register with is about much more than choosing ones that have merchandise the couple would like to own, it is about knowing in individuals on the guest list and choosing merchants that offer the best compromise between items the couple would like to own and merchants with whom the guests will be comfortable doing business - it is decidedly impolite to put your guests in a position where they feel obligated to purchase from a merchant with whom they are uncomfortable for any reason.
Generally speaking, a couple should plan on choosing between two and four stores to complete their registry needs. One should be an all-inclusive department store. A second option is often a homegoods store specialty store. If neither of the first two offers a less expensive option for the guests who are not affluent, the couple should provide an option here. Generally, it is wise to complete the selection of stores with a choice of stores that offer something more directly related to the specific interest and household needs of the groom.
But choosing the companies that you want to enroll as part of your wedding registry is not just about choosing types. Rather there are a number of factors to consider: What stores carry merchandise that the couple actually likes? What stores carry a wide range of price points to accommodate the needs of their guest list? How is the store's wedding registry is actually administered?
Likewise, consider these questions: Is the staff knowledgeable and able to offer guidance to either the couple or their guests? How easily can are selections modified by the couple? How long does it take for a purchased item to be reflected on the registry? Does the store offer any incentives that allow the couple to purchase remaining items at a discount in return for sending guests to their store as opposed to the competition?
Finally, consider whether the bridal registry be available online? This is becoming increasingly important - especially if the couple uses a wedding website to communicate with their guests. Are the merchant's locations handy for their guests? Will their gift registry kept active for at least a year after their wedding? This may well seem like overkill, but history has shown that though activity certainly slows after the wedding, it does not always stop - for a wide variety of reasons.
Enjoy the process. This is meant to be a fun part of the wedding planning process. The new couple should use it to dream about how they would like their house and yard to look like when everything is put together.
But a wise couple will be judicious about it. They will choose their stores as carefully as they choose the items on the registry. Every couple should want the process to be trouble-free for all concerned. Fortunately, with online wedding registry access so readily available from everyone from Macys to Walmart to Lowes it is easy to find a vendor to match your tastes and styles all while considering the budgetary constraints of the guests for virtually any bridal party.