Not to make you nervous or anything, but there’s more to creating a wedding registry than you and your partner just making a list. As fun as it is to create your dream wedding registry, it’s important to think of making this list with both yourself and your guests in mind. From figuring out what to register for to when you should share your registry, we’re breaking down mistakes to avoid as you’re wedding planning.
Mistake 1: Not Registering at All
Your guests WANT to buy you gifts, trust us. It’s not tacky and it doesn’t look like you’re “asking” for things. Plus, registering for gifts saves you time and headaches—it lets guests know what you need and also ensures you won’t get lots of things you don’t want or will ever use. If you already have mostly everything you need for the home, register for experiences like a bike ride through Accra or a romantic picnic for you and your love so that you’re making new memories with some help from your family members and friends. To get started, create your Registry with Always Ever after here.
Mistake 2: Waiting Too Long to Register
It’s a good idea to set up a registry soon after you know you are getting married. You don’t have to share immediately. You can always update your list and add more items at any time and share a few months to the date. Most of your guests will be making purchases shortly before your wedding day, check in and add additional items before you say “I do.”
Mistake 3: Registering for Only Expensive Pieces
We’re not saying you shouldn’t put that amazing (and pricey) pro-stand mixer on your registry. But you should have items in a variety of price ranges, so all of your guests can choose something they can afford. Having great wedding registry etiquette means keeping your guests’ best interests in mind. Some guests may want to get you more than one gift, so think in the under GHC200 category too.
Mistake 4: Only Registering for the Essentials
Household items such as china, crystal and flatware are registry regulars. But you can register for anything from furniture to experiences. Take advantage of your options and register for items and experiences you’ll really use. If you’re both in agreement about a pricier addition to your home, like a new couch, put it on the registry. Group gifting is trending! In a nutshell, don’t be afraid to ask for things you’ll be excited to receive—even if they are a little unconventional by your grandmother’s standards.
Mistake 5: Not Putting Your Registry on Your Wedding Website
Don’t assume guests will know you’ve registered with us—but you also shouldn’t be the one to tell them. The very best place to put your registry info is on your wedding website.It’s where everyone will look to find more details, like accommodation, so it’s only proper wedding registry etiquette that your wishlist should be there too.
Mistake 6: Registering Only Once
Your registry needs to be maintained from the time you create it to when you walk down that aisle. Revisit it often and feel free to update it with new gift selections. This will give your guests a range of items and options to purchase. A good rule of thumb is to have more items on your registry than guests at your wedding. We will send you an email when a gift has been purchased, as well as a full list of who gifted what upon delivery.
Mistake 7: Procrastinating on Thank-You Cards
The most important part of having great wedding registry etiquette is expressing your gratitude. Let your guests know their gifts have arrived, and do it promptly. Thank-you notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within three months of your return from your honeymoon. Designate a space in your home where you can keep stationery ready—a reminder to write your notes—and set aside time each week to chip away at the list. Be sure to mention the gift by name and share a few personal details too (like how you plan to use it or why you love the color so much).
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