Think about registering no later than four to six months before your wedding day to allow enough time for guests to browse and get ideas. Within that period, there also tend to be an engagement party and a shower, which are typically covered in the same registry.
We suggest you register for three gifts per person, but consider that if you want 12 plate settings with 12 pieces of flatware to go along with it, that's 24 gifts right there. You also have to remember that people will be buying you shower and engagement gifts as well, so you may want to come back and add a few things.
Besides having an informed staff to field questions and help you get started, having stores across the country makes it easier for guests to shop and for couples to return items. Plus, we host engagement parties, where experts do demonstrations with new products and give brides-to-be ideas for creating their registries.
It's much more fun to start out with the things you've always wanted. Sometimes couples don't want to appear greedy, but this is wish-list time -- the one time in your life when it's okay to ask for splurge items. People want to celebrate with you; buying a gift is a material expression of their commitment to the couple, and an opportunity to share a lasting part in your home.
Not in this day and age. This is a generation of active, well-traveled, cultured people -- their whole world is open. That's the real difference in registries today. There used to be a prescribed list of crystal and china for every couple, across the board. Now people register for camping equipment, honeymoons -- the boundaries are all down, so almost anything goes.
"Don't think just about your lifestyle as it is today. You'll be entertaining more in the years to come, so create a wish list of items: a platter for your first Thanksgiving dinner or champagne glasses for a New Year's toast. Keep those special occasions in mind; it's a wonderful way to include loved ones in those important milestones."
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