For many brides, one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding is creating a wedding registry at some of your favorite stores for things you’ll need to create your perfect home together. I know that my husband and I had a great time making our wedding registry, walking through one of my favorite stores and picking out things we need and things that we would love to have. There are literally thousands of different stores that offer a wedding registry that you can really register for anything you like. One of the greatest things about making a wedding registry is that you are in essence making a list of things you want for your wedding, like the birthday or Christmas list’s we all made as children. But the wedding registry is perhaps the best way to make sure that you don’t get unwanted wedding gifts. Yes, I know that all gifts are welcome and appreciated – but when it comes down to something that you really want for your new house and what someone else thinks you would want – typically the bride prefers for what she has already asked. But here are some great questions you should ask when creating a registry, how to create a wedding registry, what to register for, and some popular places for creating a wedding registry.
How to Create a Wedding Registry
This may sound like a simple answer, but really you just go in and ask to create one. The store should set you up with a manager or someone in charge of their wedding registry department to take some necessary information from you. Then, they’ll give you a fun little scanner gun and will typically walk around the store with you to help you register for items that you’d like. When my husband and I went, she was able to walk us through each section of the store, help us remember things that most couples add to their wedding registry, and give us feedback on good brands and styles. Then, we took a print out home of what we had registered for. The store that we registered with had an online registry as well, so our friends and family could get online, make their purchases and have the store send them to us with a card.
Questions to Ask When Starting a Wedding Registry
First and foremost, you need to ask the stores you’ll be using about their return policy when it comes o duplicate gifts. Trust me, no matter how great the store is about updating who bought what off of your wedding registry, you’re going to have some duplicate gifts. It just happens. Some stores, like Target have terrible return policies which could leave you stuck with the gifts, while other stores are very easy going and accommodating to brides. So do some research online to see what people are saying about your store’s registry, and then ask what their policies are. Also, ask and see if they have an online wedding registry where people can go and buy your gifts online instead of driving into a store and mailing the items themselves. Ask them how long your wedding registry will stay active after the wedding as well, as some friends and family members will be late in giving a gift.
What to Register For
These days, couples can create a wedding registry for nearly anything that they can imagine. Of course, young couples may need towels, new dishes and cookware, but for some of those older couples who already have their own things, those items may be the last thing that they want. So instead of doing the traditional wedding registry, there are many others that may suit your fancy. I’ve seen wedding registries with travel agencies to help pay for a honeymoon or a down payment on a house, wedding registries for tools or for entertaining, such as audio/visual equipment or stereo systems. If you can dream it up, there is probably someone out there who is offering a wedding registry for it.
Popular Places for Creating a Wedding Registry
Of course, some of the top locations for creating a wedding registry are at the usual housewares locations. You’ve got Bed Bath and Beyond, JC Penny, Dillards, Crate and Barrel, Bloomingdale’s, Pottery Barn, Kohl’s Lowes, Macy’s, William-Sonoma, Wal-Mart, Target (watch out for their return policy though – I’ve heard nightmares!), and surprisingly, Amazon.com. There are lots of excellent places to create a wedding registry, and many that aren’t even listed above. So check around at some of your favorite stores to see if they offer a wedding registry, and be sure to ask what you really want for your wedding day.