I have had the pleasure in the past few months to register for wedding gifts. Now, the idea of having things you’ve been coveting without having to pay for them is amazing. However, you might find that it is not as easy as it sounds! You need patience, a strong sense of what you like, and a strategy. Agreeing on what you want in your home is a plus, but I figured out that sometimes you can work around it!
1. Online Versus Department Stores- If it were up to me, I would have done everything electronically. This way we could work on things as we lounged at home in front of the television or as I took a procrastination break at the office. However, some people love to walk into a store to purchase gifts, so I felt compelled to also offer that option. For my online registry I chose Newlywish and for my store option we went with Pottery Barn. Let me tell you, the experiences have been NIGHT and DAY. With Newlywish I received an email every time someone purchased something. I also got an email when that gift shipped. What an easy way to track your gifts!! And who doesn’t like things that are made easy?! My experience at Pottery Barn? Not so hot. Not only were people not able to always find the registry, but when one gift was lost, I got a card in the mail with the amount the person spent but no information as to who the person was. Calling and asking questions seemed a little like being on the phone with Verizon customer service. I would say “never again”, but since this is a one time deal I can’t really say that.
2. Register for things you love and not just things you feel you can use RIGHT now- I think that when I started off on the process I filled my lists with things I felt I needed (i.e. boring things) and made my list a little too long. I loved my china (although my fiancee thought it was a little odd that we were registering for an AAB collection:) and wish I would have limited my options so that I would have gotten a bit more of my set.
3. Think it through!!- One of my favorite things on my registry were a set of Lucerne Flutes. Now, ask me what I was thinking when I only registered for 2? Who knows!! I love them so much that I wish I had 10 and that every person that stepped into my home could toast with one in hand. So when they arrived and took my breath away I quickly tried to correct my mistake and add more to my registry….only they were sold out! So be sure you think about realistic quantities when you are adding things. This is something that will be in your home for years to come. So even though now I can’t have more than 2 people over before feeling claustrophobic, this will not always be the case. This also might happen to you, so make sure you think ahead!
4. Thanks a bunch- Now as you sit in your home with ALL of these wonderful new things, make sure that you send out Thank you cards to thank all of your friends and family who gifted you these items. I must admit that I started strong, and then stopped halfway through my list, so this is reminding me that I need to get back to work! Check out this lovely Pattern grab bag of cards from Regas. Who wouldn’t want to get one of these cards?
Want to just drop by a store and pick up something today? Why not stop into Papyrus after work. I fell in love with this boxed set. LOVE the gold liner.