Top 15 Musts for Your Wedding Registry

Creating your wedding registry will probably be one of the most fun but also most tiring parts of planning for your wedding.

It starts off super fun to use the little scanner guns to choose the wedding gifts you hope someone will buy you.  But then the list gets longer and longer and you start to wonder which set of dishes would look best with the set of glasses you chose.  Then you can’t remember which set you actually chose so you have to go over and look at them again.  Then you wonder how many things you need on your list or if it is considered good etiquette to register for expensive things or not.

While you are peppering your fiancé with these questions, he is getting more and more tired of shopping.  Pretty soon your fiancé says he doesn’t care which set of towels match your soap dispenser best, just hurry and choose.  Then you accuse him of not caring about this wedding like you do and things go downhill from there.

So how do you keep your wedding registering from turning ugly?  You go to register prepared and knowledgeable about what to choose.  Keep these top 10 wedding registry tips in mind as you tackle this wedding task.

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Quality Register for good quality items.  We knew our friends were not very well off because they were college students like us.  We also didn’t want to seem greedy, so we registered for the least expensive of every item we could find.  The problem with this was that many of the cheap items we registered for had to be replaced within a year or two, but this time it was at our expense.  So be sure to look for quality.
Price Register for a variety of price levels.  What you may think is too expensive to put on a registry may be perfect for your coworkers to go in together on.  What you may be afraid is too small to put on a registry may be fun for people to bundle together for a personalized gift basket.
Convenience Take your guests’ convenience into account when you register.  Ask the store if your guests can purchase items online from your registry.  Make sure to register at a store that is close to where your wedding will be held.  Make sure your registry is easy to understand and includes all the information your guests will need to get the exact product you want.
Creativity Be creative when you register.  Try to think of items that you really want but that might not traditionally be on a registry such as camping gear.
Duplication Be careful when registering at multiple stores that you don’t register for the same item but different brands or features at two different stores.  This may confuse guests who look at multiple registries as to which item you really want.
Quantity This isn’t a time to skimp on quantity.  Just because you have a set quantity listed on your register doesn’t mean your guest has to purchase the number you listed.  They might purchase some and another guest could purchase some.  Also, make sure there are enough items on your registry up until your wedding date for people to have lots of items to choose from.  As your wedding day approaches, check your registry to see if you need to register for some more items to fill out a registry that has been picked over.
Lifestyle Take into account your lifestyle when registering.  Don’t register for fancy china if you know you would never use it.  Go for sturdy dishes instead.  If you love to have people over to eat, register for more place settings and serving bowls than you would need to cook for just the two of you.
Accessibility Be sure to register at more than one store.  This helps your guests who may not like to shop at a certain place be able to choose a store they feel comfortable with.  Two or three stores should be plenty.
Compromise Make sure you both get a say in what will go on your registry.  Practice the art of compromise and show him that he and his opinions are valued.
Variety Remember that your guests have varied tastes.  Your grandparents might want to buy something traditional whereas your friends from school might want to buy something crazy and fun.  Be sure to register with all of your guests in mind.
Prioritize You may want to register more than once.  At first, start off with the items you really need and want.  Then as things get chosen you can add items that may be lower on your list of wants.  This way people still have enough variety to choose from when they buy for you but you also are more likely to get the items you really want.
Timing You may be registering months before the actual wedding.  Be sure when you register to steer clear of items that are seasonal and may not be available for purchase at a different time in the year.  A store associate should be able to help you identify items that may not be available later.
Fun Many couples already have most of the items they need to set up house.  If you are having trouble finding things to register for, it is perfectly acceptable to set up a honeymoon registry.  This allows people who don’t want to bother with purchasing and wrapping and transporting a gift to send money that will go towards your honeymoon expenses.
Etiquette It is considered rude to include any information about your registry in wedding invitations.  It is ok to put it in shower invitations because those are coming from your bridesmaids and not from you.  However, many people appreciate not having to call anyone or search around to figure out where you are registered.  The only solution I have found to this conundrum is to create a wedding website and include a card in the wedding invitation pointing people to your wedding website.  On you can create a free website.  On this website you could include lots of information including directions to the wedding and reception hall, pictures of you and your fiancé, and allows them to RSVP online.  Your registry information could be included here.
Gratefulness Remember that no matter how well you register, some people like to give wedding gifts that are not on your registry (or not what you would ever choose).  Make sure to be gracious.  Never tell someone you are returning their gift.  Send thank-you cards promptly (within 2 weeks of the shower and 1 month of the wedding).  If they give cash, it is appropriate to tell them what you plan to use the money for.


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9 Responses to “Top 15 Musts for Your Wedding Registry”

  • Dana Ostomel:

    This is a great list of suggestions. I especially like your focus on creativity, convenience and fun. Our cash gift registry service at was created to be the most fun, flexible and hassle-free service available. Our users register with us for anything from honeymoons to home down payments to newlywed activities. We’d love for you to check us out and if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.


  • honeymoon registry:

    I was a bit reluctant to do an registry but after doing some browsing and research. I see there are many benefits to it and I love the options and convenience of it. Plus some of my friends are horrible shopper. Do you recommended any particular registry? Thanks for the post.

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