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How Many Gifts Should You Register For?
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.
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What Benefits are There to Registering with a Store That Has a Nationwide Presence?
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.
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Where Do You Begin Compiling a Registry?
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.
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Is Anything Off-Limits for Registries?
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.
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What is Your Top Tip for Couples Registering?
"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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Meet the Expert
Mary Rose Gearon, a registry insider in Chicago, Illinois is known for curating a well-edited selection of quality furnishings and home goods for Crate & Barrel stores nationwide.
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