ProBride: Scan & Have Fun Doing It – The Wedding Registry
It’s already that time?! Your Maid of Honor is about to send out your bridal shower invites and you still have to register! Now, some of you might have been in Crate and Barrel a few months after getting engaged either window shopping, or maybe even starting on that registry. But, some of you may wait to the last minute (like me!) and have to do it in more of a rushed way. There are certain ways of going about a wedding registry to make the most fun of it, and make sure you’re well on your way to creating your new home as man and wife.
As a bride:
Here’s my story: Adam and I have been together for 6 years now and have been living together since basically 6 months into the relationship. After college, we lived in a house that we rented and just recently bought our house in February. So, the typical bridal shower idea won’t quite work here. We have blenders, serving dishes (mostly because I love to entertain), wine glasses (duh!), knives, and a majority of all the necessities for a house to become a home. This brings me to the question of what in the world do I register for? Well, the associate at Bed, Bath, and Beyond suggested that we look into the future. Think holidays, upgrading your dishes, when one vacuum goes bad – have a backup, flip your décor towels, etc. Those are all great points and…so we were off to scan into eternity.
Here are some tips:
- Give yourself at least two hours at each store to register. There are a lot of items and even more you didn’t even know existed. We were introduced to an under the sink storage unit that surpassed my wildest expectations.
- Do not go on an empty stomach. Adam and I both did and it led to us cutting out early. Instead of getting it done all at once, we have to find another time soon to go back and continue the scan.
- Definitely think about long-term use. Stock up on items such as scrubber brushes – you know you can always use a scrubber brush. How about a Brita and the filter replacements you will forever need?
For those of you where this is your first home together, you will have no issues filling your registry. I do suggest bringing your fiancé with you. This should be an event that brings you two together literally and emotionally. It’s nice to build the home together.
As a planner:
The planner side of me thinks of the bigger picture, such as scan items that range in price. That way your guests can have an option in what they want to spend and it’s also very respectful to them. I also highly suggest going to a store that’s nationwide, such as Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s. It’s easier for those out of town guests. Also, if you are having a shower, have the gifts sent to a different address than yours. This way if your guests can’t attend the shower, they still feel they are a part of it when you open their gift at the shower vs. at your home. One last piece of advice is to over scan. The associate at the store suggested with a guest list near 220 to have at least 400 items on a registry. She said your registry is valid for a year after your wedding date so you can continue to use the registry for birthdays and holidays. Pretty cool, huh?
Farrah is a Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planner (CPWEP).
Her company Simply Azure Events helps brides create stress free breath taking weddings.