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In the last few weeks before your big day, your wedding registry is probably in overdrive. Guests usually purchase wedding gifts shortly after receiving your invitation, so you’ll want to keep a close eye on your registry to ensure that you still have enough gifts so that your guests will have plenty of options.
If you find yourself with a near-empty wedding registry and can’t figure out which gifts to add, here’s our best advice on updating and adding to your wedding registry.
More Place SettingsIf you’ve only registered for a few place settings, you might think about registering for a few more. You may think that entertaining isn’t your thing, but you never know what the future holds. Perhaps in a few years you’ll be hosting Thanksgiving—and buying extra china can be a big expense. So don’t be a afraid to add a few more place settings to your registry.
Consider “Upgrades”You may have decided against registering for a particular appliance or item because you already own it. Well, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade! If you’ve owned an item for more than a few years, you could probably use an update—whether it’s a toaster, towels, or a serving bowl. You’re starting a new marriage, so it’s totally okay to get new housewares to go along with it!
Don’t Be PracticalYou may have set up your wedding registry with practicality in mind. If you weren’t totally sure you’d use an item, you avoided adding it to your registry. But if your registry is looking a little bare, you might want to reconsider. Perhaps you won’t use an ice cream maker/rice cooker/picnic basket everyday, but it’s certainly a nice-to-have and a great gift. Of course, if your home doesn’t have the space for such items (and you don’t have an option for storage—like your parents’ basement or a storage unit), you might need to be a bit more practical.
Think HobbiesIf you and your future spouse have hobbies, feel free to register for items that you relate to your favorite pastimes. Enjoy camping? Register for a tent and other outdoor gear. Love gardening? Register for gardening tools. The rule of thumb is to only register for gifts that you and your future spouse can use and enjoy together, so don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it.
Go for the SplurgePerhaps there was an item that you had your eye on, but it just seemed too pricey to add to your wedding registry. Remember that your guests may wish to purchase gifts for you in groups, so a more expensive item can be totally within reach. Add a few bigger items to your registry—like furniture or luggage—so guests can purchase in groups.
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