Do you wonder what to put on your register for you wedding? Having a register can help your guests choose gifts you enjoy for all your wedding parties. I met with Susan Elliott from the bridal department for Dillard’s Park Meadows.
Susan has been helping brides set up their registry for years. She was chock full of timeless tips for setting up a registry that works for you. Here are some of Susan’s tips.
5 Wedding Registry tips:
- Create a registry– Your guests count on it! They want to know what the best thing to give you will be. There is always something you need like high end cookware that your friends and family would love to give you. Give your guests Piece of mind- by having a registry your friends and family can choose to have gifts wrapped, mailed and delivered to you.
- Let your registry reflect who you are– For example if you don’t do formal entertaining, don’t put formal china on your registry. Think about what you need and what you want.
- Make sure you have really good selection on your registry-The good rule of thumb is to have two items on your registry for every guest that’s invited to your wedding. This gives your guests choices. Be sure to have a good price range like 50-100 dollars as well as under 25 dollars. Don’t be afraid to put those dream items, or the more expensive items on your registry. Often there’s someone in your family who has been saving up a long time, waiting for you to get married and they want to give you something very nice. Or a number of your friends and family members and all the cousins want to go in and together give you something more expensive than they could get you alone.
- Set your registry up a month before your first party– Don’t rush in and create a wedding registry when you are first engaged a year before your wedding, because most of the time those items are not going to be available by your wedding. Register a month before your first party and 3 or 4 months before the wedding. The majority of your guests are going to shop the last month. Be sure to update your list the last month before your wedding so your guests have an updated selection.
- Ask about a registry completion program– Many places provide a registry completion program if you have a gift registry with them. Even if you don’t receive a registered item as a gift, you can purchase items yourself with a completion discount. Most registry programs will offer you a discount to purchase the last of your registry items for up to a couple months after your wedding. At Dillard’s they offer a 20% completion discount to registered couples.
Thank you to Susan Elliott wedding consultant from Dillard’s Park Meadow’s. You can contact her at 303-790-0100 or email@example.com
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(Holly –>) Good morning Susan it’s so good to have you here on Holly’s hot wedding tips here at Dillard’s how exciting! So wedding registries that’s a hot topic, tell me some of the best tips you have for brides and grooms when they are thinking of registering for their wedding? (Susan –>) The number one tip I would give them is do go ahead and create a registry because a lot of couples these days maybe have been together for a while and have somethings in their home that maybe they don’t need to do a registry but guests really count on that. They want to be guided to know what is the best thing to give you so they’re looking for a registry, so I think it’s a good idea to go ahead and do a registry. There’s always something new that you need in your home or something you need to update or some dream items that really high end appliances or cookware that you would love to have. And again you’re doing your guests a favor by creating from registry makes their life that much easier.
(Holly –>) It gives them that peace of mind that you know exactly what you want and where they can get it, they can feel good about going to shop there whether it’s online and being able to and being able to keep online purchases safe so if they can’t attend the wedding they can send things. (Susan –>) It makes it much easier we always have what we call best mailing address for the couple that’s where they have asked us to have things mailed. Sometimes it’s their own home, sometimes it’s mom’s place so when we have all that information in that system the guest doesn’t have to think about where should this go? Wrap it for them, ship it for them, we’ll take a little message “congratulations” or whatever they want to say. And it just goes directly to the couple where they asked it to be shipped, no muss, no fuss. The other thing I wanted to say especially when they have a lot of guests and it may not be someone who’s really close to you so they don’t know what’s in your home and they don’t know your taste, it helps them it’s gives them guidance to have a registry to look at.
(Holly –>) What kind of things are important for brides and grooms to register for? (Susan –>) The first thing I would tell them is always remember this is your registry, it has to reflect your life style. A lot of times they get advice from mom or sometimes they come into certain stores they may get a sales person who’s trying to encourage them for different things. It’s your lifestyle if you for example don’t do formal entertaining I wouldn’t put formal china on my registry so you have to think about what you need and you want …. because again it has to be personal for you guys. The other thing is make sure you have really good selection on your registry. The good rule of thumb is to have two items on your registry for every guest that’s invited to your wedding. So they have choices you want to keep it in a good price range like 50 dollars or under 25 dollars but don’t be afraid to put those dream items those expensive items on your registry because often there’s someone in your family who maybe has been saving up a long time waiting for you to get married and want to give you something big or a number of your friends and family members. All the cousins want to go in and together give you something, so don’t be afraid to put that larger item on there but you want to have a good price span so everybody has something that they feel suit their budget and i would suggest monitor your registry so you can add and subtract as you go as you get closer to your wedding make sure there’s still a good selection. A lot of things were purchased for your engagement party or bridal shower and now there aren’t a lot of things left for those people who’re just giving you a wedding gift.
(Holly –>) I hadn’t thought of that, that you need to have the registry early enough to have your bridal shower and for your wedding. (Susan –>) Again a good rule of thumb is to have your registry maybe about a month before you’re going to have your first party because people will feel like that want to bring a gift to the party. But don’t register too early I have couples that just got engaged and they’re getting married in a year and a half. Don’t rush in and create a wedding registry either at Dillard’s or any other retail because most of the time those items are not going to be available any longer. So at least a month before or at least 3 or 4 months before the wedding because the majority of your guests are gonna shop that last month most of them come in and buy your gifts for you so you want to make sure you’re updated at that point. (Holly –>) thank you so much Susan .