Do: Start early!
Often guests like to buy from your registry for multiple wedding events, including engagement parties and showers.
Do: Register together!
This is an exciting time that should be celebrated! The gifts are for both of you, so encourage your future spouse to take part in the process.
Do: Mix it up.
Register for a variety of gifts across various price points.
Don't: Register at every store available.
Two or three stores is the average, so pick 2 or 3 and make sure that you aren't overlapping similar items across multiple stores.
Do: Register for more.
This is the one time you get to ask for everything you want as a couple, so take advantage. You will need at least twice as many gifts as invited guests.
Don't: Forget to update often.
Don't forget to manage your registry - keep an eye on how many gifts on your list remain across the various price points as your wedding date draws closer.
Do: Think long-term
Don't only make lists of what you will need in just the next year, but brainstorm about what you will want in the next 15 years as your life evolves.
Don't: Let stress get the best of you.
Enjoy this special time in your life, and if you need to, get a massage!
Do: Check out stores' return policies
It's always good to know what options you have if you need to return any items.
Do: Be considerate of your guests.
Make sure the stores where you register will allow guests to place orders online, in-person, and over the phone to make buying convenient for everyone on your guest list.
Do: Think gift cards.
Although most people love to receive cash, everyone doesn't always feel comfortable giving it. Instead of requesting money, give your guests the option to purchase gift cards as an alternative.
Do: Say thank you.
Remember to hand write thoughtful and prompt thank you notes to your guests.