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wedding registry etiquette
aking a wedding registry in several stores is an
option if the things that the couple want are not
available in one store. It is best to register at
huge department stores for the usual household items, while
specialty stores can address the personalised wedding gifts. It
is also best to have a big registry if there is a long guest list. A
guest who will do last minute shopping might feel frustrated if
he finds out all the items in the gift registry have been bought.
A big registry also gives guests more choices on what to pur-
chase. Also, having a gift list with a wide range of prices will
give guests freedom to decide on how much they should
spend on a gift. To help in creating a list that is cost-friendly
but useful, a set of things can be registered separately such
as listing the bed comforter separately from the linens and pil-
lowcases. Since the purpose of the wedding registry is to
help the couple with the basics, what the couple will need in
the future should be the priority. Normally, these include bath-
room sets (towels, bathroom rugs, etc), bedroom items
(sheets, pillowcases, comforters), dish sets, everyday flatware,
silverware, glasses and coffee cups, table linens, things for
the kitchen (pots, baking pans, utensils, serving platters),
small kitchen appliances (blenders, coffee makers, and toast-
ers), and home decors (vases, picture frames, and bowls).
Bigger items can also be included like furniture, vacuum
cleaners, garden equipment, etc.
The list should not necessarily be limited to traditional items
such as dishes and blenders. It could include a ping-pong set
and camping gear if the couple enjoys doing these activities.
A non-traditional wedding present that is fast becoming popu-
lar is a mortgage deposit. A couple creates a registry with a
mortgage firm, and their inner circle can add to the fund that
will be used for the deposit of their new home. Other person-
alised wedding gifts now include house-cleaning registry, holi-
day and honeymoon registries where guests can help with
the travel needs of the couple.
Big department stores usually have staff to assist a couple in
creating a wedding register. There are forms to be completed
and sometimes a hand-held scanner is provided to wave over
items' barcodes that they want included on the list. The
shop's computer records and makes these items available
online for guests to access. Several stores have websites that
list items that can be added in the registry, but going to the
store and checking the items before including them on the list
is a wiser move.
Stores usually provide cards to be put inside wedding invita-
tions. However, some people regard putting the bridal registry
in the invitation envelope as poor etiquette because it can be
interpreted as asking a guest for a gift. Informing family mem-
bers and close friends about the wedding registry can help
disseminate the information as they are possibly the ones to
be approached by other invited people.
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