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A Bride’s Guide: The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Registries

posted: 04/25/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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  • To have and to hold...
    To have and to hold...
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    Wedding Registry 101

    If you’re a bride-to-be that’s been handed a wedding registry scanner gun, you might start to feel a lot like a kid in a candy store. Where should you start? What should you add? Is it really OK to add everything you think you may need? Before you fill up your wedding registry with beautiful dishes, fluffy new towels, and more kitchen gadgets than your cupboards can hold, check out this list for all the must-haves as well as the items you can skip.

  • Think of your needs as a couple.
    Think of your needs as a couple.
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    Do: Get Personal

    Every store will give you a list of suggested items that you should add to your registry, but before you start adding all those items, really think about who you are as a couple. Do you love to entertain? Then add lots of fun serving plates and glasses. Do you and your fiancé love to cook together? They go big in the baking and cooking section. Love to camp together? Then add all those outdoorsy items you know you’ll use together. If you love music, be sure to add speakers or other home entertainment electronics. The key to a great registry is making sure it really fits your lifestyle.

  • To register for china or not?
    To register for china or not?
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    Do: Have the Great Wedding China Debate

    The most controversial on a registry is one of the most traditional ones: wedding china. These beautiful and expensive dishes won’t get as much use as your everyday dishes, so should you bother adding them? Yes and here’s why. Other than your wedding rings, your wedding china will be your first family heirloom. Even if you aren’t using the dishes often, the times you do use them will be a sweet reminder of your wedding day. If you think they are collecting dust and that beautiful porcelain need to be displayed, plan date nights with your spouse and use those special dishes!

  • Simple is best.
    Simple is best.
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    Don’t: Register for Trendy Home Décor or Collectibles

    Your wedding registry should be items that will last longer than those trendy colors you just painted your living room. Leave off anything that that will be useless if you move or redecorate. That being said, simple picture frames, small glass vases, wooden clocks, and neutral mirrors (like the ones above) are all good items to add.

  • Avoid sticker shock.
    Avoid sticker shock.
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    Do: Pick Varied Price Tags

    Be sure your registry covers a lot of different price points so all of your wedding guests feel comfortable when shopping. Add a few big ticket items like that amazing standing mixer you’ve been drooling over and a few smaller ticket items like measuring cups and flatware to meet everyone’s budget. A few weeks before your big day, check your registry — you may need to add more items.

  • Use your judgement.
    Use your judgement.
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    Don’t: Go Crazy with Pricey Items

    Sure that $4,000 wine refrigerator is all kinds of amazing, but unless your wedding guests are feeling ridiculously generous, maybe avoid having a ton of big ticket items on your registry. It’s OK to add one or two — hey, a few friends may want to pitch in together -- but too many may put guests off. Most places that offer registries will have special discounts available after your big day, and some guests may give you gift cards you can put towards these types of items.

  • Determine which appliances fit in with your life.
    Determine which appliances fit in with your life.
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    Don’t: Add Kitchen Items You’ll Never Use

    It can be tempting to walk into these stores and start adding fancy kitchen gadgets you’ve only seen on cooking shows, but unless you really think you’ll use that egg poacher, just pass on it. Standard appliances like blenders, food processors, toasters/toaster ovens, and slow cookers are safe bets for everyone from the beginner cook to a master chef.