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The How-To Lounge: Register

Once you have sent out your save the dates, your wedding date is official! With a wedding comes wedding gifts, and the first step to cohabitation and owning everything together as husband and wife. I am here to give you some pointers to take with you when you are ready to create your gift registry.


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  • Take inventory of what you already have. If you are not currently living with your fiance, decide what each of you wants to keep when you move in together
  • Even if you are not moving into a new house or apartment, your life is still going to change, so evaluate what you need
  • Register at stores that have an online option. Geeksugar has some great tips for setting up an online registry
  • If you have guests coming from all over the country, choose at least one store that has a national presence such as Williams Sonoma or Crate & Barrel
  • While you should register for useful items such as cookwear and appliances, don't be shy about registering for fun items too such as a DVD player or a ski rack for your garage. There will be friends and family members who want to be more creative in their gift giving
  • Even if you have a full set of flatwear, if it's old and worn out, don't be afraid to register for a new fresh set
  • Decide what kind of dishes you want. Since we live in such a casual time, many couples skip out on registering for china, opting for more casual dinnerwear and drinkwear. Again, this will depend on your lifestyle and how much you entertain
  • Don't be shy on your registry. Give your guests many options and price points. While some guests need to watch their budget, others will want to shower you with big ticket gifts or friends can pool their money and shop for a joint gift
  • Your wedding registry is a good place for nontraditional supplies too. If you had your eye on an expensive vacuum cleaner, add it to your registry
  • Don't register for items you know you will never use regardless if your mother or sister thinks you should
  • When you register, don't forget to specify both the bride and groom's name
  • Ask for help if you need assistance. Store associates create registries on a daily basis during wedding season and they might even have some great tips and ideas for gifts you might have forgotten about. If you have a friend who is or just got married, ask to see their registry or for any advice they wish they had
  • Don't be afraid to register for things you might not necessarily share. If you want a fabulous sheet set that your fiance could care less about, by all means add it to your registry
  • Be sure to frequently check on your registry. Guests tend to wait until the last minute to shop for gifts, so be sure to add to your registry a few weeks before your wedding if need be

I hope these tips were helpful. Planning your future with the love of your life is such an exciting time, so enjoy it. Oh, and have fun opening all those gifts!

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