Wedding registry can be an overwhelming task. Shelves and shelves of household items. A plethora of brands, colors, and styles can take some of the fun out of the experience. Here are some suggestions and tips for making the process more enjoyable and effective.
1. Go with a plan: Look at what you already have and what you still need. Decide what items (in general) you will register for at each store, in order to avoid duplicates.
2. Don't be afraid to deviate from the plan: You may see something you absolutely love that you weren't planning on registering for. That's ok. Go for it. This is a time for others to bless you with gifts! You don't only have to register for necessities. Fun, decorative items are ok as well.
3. Include the fiance: Holding the gun is often a fun activity for the man. Allow him to have input on some items he would really like or would find handy in the house. Maybe even allow for some tool or garden registry.
4. Choose your registry locations wisely: consider their return policies and access. Do they offer online registry? Do they have stores in convenient locations for your guests? Do they offer gift cards based on how much money the guests spent? (Macy's does).
5. Don't do it all on one day: Don't think you have to do all of your registry on one day. Go to one store at a time. If one store is particularly large, then register for a few departments one day and the rest on another.
6. Think outside the box: There are many websites that allow you to register for money or for honeymoon activities. Guests can purchase a bottle of wine, a horseback ride, etc. for your honeymoon. Some couples have even set up funds to help pay for their photographer or to donate to charities.