The thought of walking into one of the major retail stores that have wedding registries and registering for Wedding Gifts may seem overwhelming, and who can blame you when you feel that way. The store’s inventory sometimes goes all the way to their ceiling! If you feel that way than this article may help you. Registering for wedding gifts is certainly one of the most exciting moments for most newly engaged couples, but the registering experience has also become much more creative and even exceeded wildest imaginations.
Registering is not just the traditional process of picking out whether you prefer non-stick vs. stainless steel pots and pans, or a red vs. blue bedspread. Couples have become very creative with their registries. A new trend is theme registries. Theme registries are a great alternative, especially for those couples that may already have appliances, linens, furniture pieces, and other household items to furnish their home with already. With a theme registry, a couple can choose gifts that they would not ordinarily register for but represent some special interest of the couple. Whether you want to register the traditional way or the alternative way, than this article may help you.
For those of you who cannot wait to get into Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Crate & Barrel, or Williams Sonoma and register for everything you have ever dreamed of having in your home, here are some hopefully helpful tips. Even if you are not excited about the prospects of registering, you can learn a lot from the experience and be glad you did it with a little preparation. Before you run into any store and start pointing that infamous “gun” at every cool, new, and “must-have” item you see, take some time and really think about what you want. What is reasonable, what is useful, and things that are truly functional and reliable.
For example, if you are planning on living in an apartment think about getting items that will not take up too much space. Trying to fit a crock pot, George Foreman grill, kitchen aid, waffle maker, quesadilla maker, sandwich maker and any other kind of maker they offer to “make our lives easier” is not a smart idea. Get items that have multi-purposes and those that can collapse, fold, or stack to allow for easier storage. Make your life easier by only registering for the ones you have room for!
Also go to the store at an earlier date and take a sneak peak at everything that particular store may have to offer, take notes, make a list or simply walk around just to familiarize yourself with each store. A great tip is to look at the price differences on some of the more expensive gifts you are interested in and register for them at the store which sells them for less, even if it is just a couple of dollars less, your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
For the bridal couple who may want something a little more unique than the usual items of your typical wedding registry, here are a few ideas that may get your own creative juices flowing. Theme registries are a new trend happening in the wedding world and it has become more and more popular. Theme registries offer the opportunity for couples to get creative together and to register for gifts relating to their favorite sport, hobby, or weekend outing.
Your theme can be anything, such as, camping, hiking, fishing, baseball, football, soccer, sailing, traveling, hunting, gardening, or painting. The point is to pick something that is important to you both, register for gifts that you will be using, and enjoying together. For instance if your theme is camping, you can register at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shop, or Cabela’s. These stores carry everything you could possibly dream of to create an exciting outdoor experience. From clothes to tents, flash-lights, sleeping bags, out-door cooking supplies or water purifying kits, register for those gifts that will be useful to you and are exciting for you to use in your particular theme. The sky is the limit when it comes to theme registries, they are meant to have fun with so you can choose some out-of-the-ordinary gifts.
Registering for wedding gifts, no matter what style you choose, will always be a fun experience. With a little thought and preparation, the experience will be very rewarding and a special moment to share together as a couple.