Who’d have thought that a list of gifts you’d like to get could be so complicated? While the concept seems simple (and you’ve been making birthday wish lists since before you could write!), putting together a registry for your wedding comes with its own set of etiquette rules and some serious subtleties. For example, have you ever thought about when you should put your registry together? If you assumed it will be fine as long as it’s done before your invitations go out, you’re wrong. Your registry should actually be started before your engagement party! Before you object, hear us out—and take a look at the registry items you should add first.
A wedding registry before the engagement party? Yes, we’re serious, and here’s why. While gifts aren’t expected at engagement parties, many of your friends and close family members will still want to mark the occasion with a little something. Sure, they could show up with a bottle of bubbly or a classic silver-toned frame, but it would be nice as the guests of honor to give them a little guidance before they head to the store. Starting your registry early means that you might end up getting a few items you and your partner actually want, even this early on in the process.
So what should you register for? Since it’s not quite time for guests to splurge on bigger-ticket items (which usually make an appearance at bridal showers and for the wedding itself), stick to items that fall in the $100 or less category. You and your S.O. may not have taken stock of your lives (or browed the shelves of your local Target or Williams-Sonoma) quite yet, so opt for classic registry items that you know you’ll want no matter what. Not sure where to begin? Here are 6 items that are tried-and-true registry staples, and will fit seamlessly into nearly any home design scheme.
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