Whether you just need the basics for your registry or you live together and want to upgrade, here’s how to make the process more manageable. Happy scanning!
—By Natalie Fitzgerald
Free advice from Melissa Barrad of I Do…Weddings!
Place settings: Why 12? Families used to be larger and required more china. These days an average of three families will attend Thanksgiving—if the typical family is four people, this works out to 12 place settings.
What else can we register for? Think about your interests. Consider registering for unique items ranging from a home brewing kit to dog toys to exercise equipment. You can register at non-traditional places like Home Depot, REI and even your bank for a home down payment. Honeymoon registries are also common, and guests are becoming more comfortable giving these types of gifts.
What are some common mistakes? Brides sometimes register for seasonal items, or towels and linens that come in seasonal colors, and they become unavailable as the wedding draws closer. So look at your timeline. The most common times to purchase are right before the bridal shower, in the month leading up to the wedding, and on the wedding day. Keeping your registry up-to-date with plenty of options at all price points will also help prevent duplicates.