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Are You Registered?

May 30th, 2012 by Jeannine

Are You Registered?

That is probably one of the most common questions your guests will ask you so I thought I’d write about it! Basically, a gift registry is a wishlist of items that your guests can purchase for you and your new husband/wife. It’s simple to sign up, just go to the store of your choice (that offers this service, of course!) and go nuts with the scanning gun! It takes window shopping to the next level!

What do you register for?

Couples generally register for items to help build their home, like linens, appliances, home decor, and other necessities. If you’ve been living together for a while chances are, you already have most of this stuff… So what do you register for? Upgrades of course! This is the best time to replace those old dishes or run-down blender. Register for items you would like, too, but don’t currently have. Maybe you’ll be lucky and receive it in the end!

If you would rather not have gifts, a great hint for your guests is to not have a registry at all. Have your family and bridal party inform people of your choices when asked. There are also gift registries where guests put money towards experiences like a trip, leisure activities, home renovation, or even a down payment for a future purchase. It’s up to you :)

Our Experience

We registered at the Bay and Home Outfitters and we had a pretty good experience. I like that they gave us the chance to purchase leftover items in our registry up to a year after our wedding date with an added discount. (Not sure if they still offer that, you’ll have to contact them and find out.) The selection is quite large and had many items for all price points, which I loved. I like that they both offer online shopping options, which some of our guests used. It was a convenient way for out-of-town friends and family to send us a little something special, it was even wrapped! The only thing I didn’t like was there was usually just 1 person working the gift registry section and sometimes we had to wait a bit before talking to someone… a minor detail to an otherwise great experience!

Something to keep in mind…

When you register, it’s important to be considerate of the gift givers, aka your guests. Like yourself, they have budgets too and some will spend more, others will spend less. Register for items in a variety of price points to satisfy everyone. Some may consider registering for big ticket items greedy, so be wary no matter what the sales associate says. No doubt they will encourage you to choose 1 or 2. You’ll need to know your audience before you scan that plasma TV.

It’s also best to choose a store that is easily accessible, whether they have multiple locations or if the store has online shopping options for those who can’t make it but would still like to send a gift.

Where To Register

To help you decide where to shop, I’ve compiled a list of local establishments that do wedding registries… enjoy!

Just recently Etsy has launched their own wedding registry service! You can now select your favourite one of a kind, handmade items and share them with your guests! Time to start browsing ;) For all the info on how to register on Etsy, visit their Help page under Shopping Features, questions 23-33.

Know a cool store that has a wedding gift registry? Leave a comment and I’ll add it onto the list! Where will you be registering?

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  • May 30th, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Jen says:

    Williams Sonoma also has a registry….they have some great kitchen items!

  • May 30th, 2012 at 5:36 pm
    Iris says:

    Ming Wo is also a great place to register for kitchenware!

  • May 31st, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    Jeannine says:

    Thank you for the suggestions ladies! I’ve added them to the list!

  • October 9th, 2012 at 10:45 am
    BA says:

    We have a great registry at Call the Kettle Black!

  • November 5th, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    Tim says:

    Great article, especially the point about “If you’ve been living together for a while chances are, you already have most of this stuff”…


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