The In’s and Out’s of Wedding Registries – Episode # 203
The wedding registry business has changed in the last few years. Most couples are getting married later in life or have lived together for a while and have the household items they need. There are now registries for other things besides housewares and linens. We are going to go over that plus where and how to register.
Tips for a good registry
- Take stock of items you have and items you need to replace
- Register at more than one store- we recommend one online, one box store and one specialty store.
- Try not to overlap registries
- Keep track of everything, you will need to send Thank you notes out.
- Always check the return policy
- Don’t add the registry to your wedding invitation- add it to your website and shower invites
What to register for in a typical registry:
- Formal dinnerware (China)
- Informal dinnerware
- Sheets, pillowcases
- Cook and kitchenware
- Pot and pans
- Cooking utensils
- Small electric appliances
Where to find a typical registry
- Department stores
- Tiffany & Co
- Big Box Stores
- Bed Bath and Beyond
- Specialty Stores
- Crate and Barrel
- Pottery Barn
- Williams and Sonoma
- Honeymoon funds and gift fund sites
- Gift cards for airlines and hotels
- Honeymoon excursions
- Dinner and drink gift cards
- Add funds for trips and house
- Large item gift collection
Recap on thank you notes – How to Express your Gratitude, Episode #73
- Set aside a part of every day to write thank you notes.
- Send thank you notes within 3 months of gift receipt but can be done up to a year.
Here is The Emily Post's 10 do's and don'ts for Thank You Notes-
- Do personalize your notes and make reference to the person as well as the gift.
- Do remember that a gift should be acknowledged with the same courtesy and generous spirit in which it was given.
- Do be enthusiastic, but don’t gush. Avoid saying a gift is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen unless you really mean it.
- Don’t send form letters or cards with printed messages and just your signature; don’t use email or post a generic thank you on your wedding web site in lieu of a personal note.
- Do promptly acknowledge the receipt of shipped gifts by sending a note right away or calling and following up with a written note in a day or two.
- Don’t mention that you plan to return a gift or that you are dissatisfied in any way.
- Don’t tailor your note to the perceived value of the gift; no one should receive a perfunctory note.
- Do refer to the way you will use a gift of money. Mentioning the amount is optional.
- Don’t include wedding photos or use photo cards if it will delay sending the note.
- Don’t use being late as an excuse not to write. Even if you are still sending notes after your first anniversary, keep writing!
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