Wedding Planning

Gift Registry 101

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Simple steps for smooth, stress-free planning

Building the perfect gift registry starts with access to great products. Consultants at some stores live and breathe all things registry to help couples feel confident about what they’re bringing into their happily ever after.

“Whether starting from scratch or blending households together, remember to relax, take your time and have fun. Creating a registry is about selecting items to create a happy home together. It is your registry – so build it any way you want. Choose items that are right for you and your soon-to-be,” recommends Audrey Stavish, wedding and gift registry expert at Bed Bath & Beyond. “Go through the registry process together and enjoy it!”

Check out these additional tips to help get you started.

Visit a store: As soon as you say “yes,” make an appointment at a favourite local home store to get a feel for the products that best fit your lifestyle. Friends and family will rely on the registry for special events leading up to the wedding – including engagement parties, showers and holidays, so get started early.

Ask the experts: Can’t decide on cookware or the number of place settings to get? Ask the registry expert. They can help make planning a registry positively painless.

Trade up: If you’re combining households, take this opportunity to turn a bunch of mismatched “mine” and “yours” items into “ours.” Assess what you already have, what you don’t have and what needs replacing.

Dream big: Register for at least twice as many gifts as guests (count couples as one guest). Guests will appreciate having lots of choices when they shop for you. Don’t shy away from high-priced items like a KitchenAid Mixer, a Dyson vacuum or a set of All-Clad cookware. These make great group gifts.

Fine finds: Experience luxury everyday with exceptional fine linens from brands like Wamsutta Collection, Frette at Home, DKNY Pure, Barbara Barry Dream, Bellino Fine Linens and many more. Create exquisite tablescapes with dazzling fine china patterns from kate spade new york, Lenox and Waterford.

C’mon back: Registering takes time, so don’t rush things! With so many options to choose from, most couples don’t make all their selections in a single spree. Spread it out over several visits and use a website to manage your registry.

Keep it convenient: Whether you are the registrant or guest, convenience is key! Look for registries that are easily accessible to view and make purchases both in-store and online. W

Source: Bed Bath & Beyond: We Speak Registry!

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