Creating a wedding registry can be intimidating! There's traditional wedding registry etiquette for guests, as well as the happy couple — and sometimes the rules aren’t very well known. Here are a few wedding registry tips — from how many gifts to register for a wedding to how a registry actually works. Plus, a few ideas for your guests to follow as well.
Here’s the wedding registry etiquette you need to know.
How Does a Registry Work?
A wedding registry is actually pretty simple: You and your beloved put together a wishlist of gifts — from pots and pans and linens to honeymoon experiences — that you’d like to receive during all of the celebrating. Guests can then search your registry before a shower, an engagement party, or your big day to pick out a gift they will know you’ll love. But how does a registry work, exactly? The store or online retailer tracks that gifts are purchased (no doubling down!) and also offers shipping directly to the couple to make it a no-fuss way to shop for your guests.
When Do We Register?
It sounds fast, but wedding registry etiquette says you should register within two to three weeks of getting engaged for a least a few gifts. There will be family and friends that want to send you an engagement present right away. And if you are having an engagement party, make sure you’re registered at least two weeks in advance of the fete. At a bare minimum, register before your wedding invitations go out — guests shop at different times, some the moment an invitation hits their mailbox, so you want to be prepared.
Where Should We Register?
Pick favorite stores that match your couple style and include a variety of gifts that you’re interested in. You can certainly register at more than one place, but as far as wedding registry etiquette goes, you should keep your list to two or three stores and no more. And if you choose to register at a small, local boutique, make sure you have at least one national or online retailer so out-of-town guests (or those who just hate shopping in store) have a place to buy.