More than just the ultimate shopping trip, setting up a registry is an efficient way to let guests know which items you want to start your life together.
Some friends and relatives may want to get you a gift as soon as they hear about your engagement, so it's best to register, at least for a few items, early on. If you're having an engagement party or a shower, try to register at least a month beforehand. Don't feel pressured to make all of your choices at once; you can always go back and fill in or edit your list later.
In addition to everyday items, consider special pieces. Select items in a range of prices, based on your current tastes.
These days, you can register for almost anything you like, since home-improvement centers, sporting-goods stores, and other unexpected places have begun to offer such services for engaged couples.
Letting Guests Know Where You're Registered
Etiquette dictates that registry information should never be included in a wedding invitation, even though some stores provide printed cards for this purpose. Instead, rely on your family members and wedding party to spread the word. That said, it is generally acceptable for the hostess of a shower to include these details on that invitation (indeed, this is where you might put those information cards to use). And if people ask you directly where you're registered, feel free to tell them.
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