A few weeks ago Chuck and I registered for our wedding. After reading article after Buzzfeed post after bridal magazine advice on what to register for...we decided to use our own method.
There's no science behind it, no calculations, no drawn out advice. We registered for what we wanted.
I am not here to tell you what you personally need to register for, but I want to share with you what worked for us when we went through the process and some key advice I think every bride should take.
Since Chuck and I have been together for 7 years, we have accumulated a lot of stuff. We have dishes, and bedding, and most things that people register for. That's great, but we wanted new things. The dishes we have are the ones I purchased for my first apartment on my own, when I was working my first job out of college. So, why not register for some things we like together as a couple?
Here's my tips:
1. It doesn't matter if you already have it. If you want something new to replace your old, go for it.
We registered for towels, dishes, silverware, bedding...all things which we already have. We wanted to get some things as a couple, that I hadn't picked out 8+ years ago.
2. Just because it's on some bridal list, you don't need to register for it.
If you're not going to use expensive China, or an expensive blender then don't register for it. Why scan items you don't need and probably won't use just because someone out there said you should?
3. The more the better.
I read in so many articles that if you want money as gifts for your wedding, then keep your registry list small. While I'm not opposed to money, I wanted people to have options. We may not get the $400 spirits cabinet we asked for, but we loved it. Heck, if we get it, that would be an amazing gift that we weren't so much expecting.
4. You can ask for non-traditional items.
We registered for a camera lens, a router, a fire pit and a few more things that we would like. As I mentioned before, there's a lot of things we already have such as serving dishes, beer glasses, etc... We could really use the above mentioned things, so we went right ahead and asked for them.
5. Feel free to have FUN
Last, but not least...my biggest piece of advice to registering is to have fun with it. We had such a good time registering. We wrote down things that we definitely wanted to look for while we browsed the store, and scanned additional things that we came across and thought we should ask for. We laughed, we took turns scanning & we had a great time. We even registered for some Nerf guns...because, why not? Life is too short to not have a blast!
We registered for a variety of items at 2 different stores. I did keep our guests in mind when registering, and didn't register at stores that overwhelm me when I shop for presents. I wanted places that you could shop both in person and online and easily update items, so we chose Crate & Barrel and Target.
It's nice to get an idea of what "real people" register for, and not some list with hundreds of items. If you want to take a look at the things that made our registry list you can find them here: