Registering for wedding gifts is a way to let your guests know what items you, and your fiancé, will cherish in your new home.
Bridal registry information should not be included on your wedding invitation, but passed through word of mouth. If possible, register at least six months prior to your wedding date. That way guests who will be attending engagement parties, bridal showers or coed wedding showers can purchase wedding gifts you've selected.
Be sure to register for gifts in a variety of price ranges. You want each guest to find a gift they can afford and will feel comfortable purchasing.
If possible, register at a department store or with an internet wedding gift registry. Small boutiques and gift shops have some lovely items, but they may be difficult for your wedding guests to locate and ship from.
When deciding which store to register with, choose one or two that will provide shipping, maintain a wedding gift registry and will keep the items you've selected in stock. Before registering, discuss their return policies for unwanted gifts and their replacement policy for wedding presents that arrive damaged.
Call to schedule an appointment before arriving. You will get better service if they are expecting you. Try not to shop at the busiest time of day or on the busiest shopping days.
If you will be registering for china, glassware and flatware, make sure you can put them together, as a complete table setting, before ordering. You wouldn't want to get them home and realize they do not match.
Wedding Planning Tip
Keep a detailed list all engagement, bridal shower and wedding gifts. Set up a spread sheet with the following information:
Description of wedding gift or bridal shower gift
Date wedding gift thank you note was mailed
Wedding thank you cards should be mailed within three months or your wedding. Try doing 4 or 5 a day, so they don't build up.
© Jewish Wedding Planner, 2007