Selecting locations for the gift registries for one’s wedding is important and fun. For your guest’s sake, it is wise to select at least three different resources. Your purpose is to give guests a variety of options and price ranges when it comes time to select your gift. To that end, experts recommend that you choose at a minimum, one “high-end” store, one moderate/lower priced retailer and perhaps one “non traditional” resource like a charity. www.Idofoundation.org is a good place to start as it can help you register for donations to a variety of charities.
As you peruse items for your gift choices, most consultants would remind you to expand your vision of gifts to include items beyond the “usual”. Many couples end up realizing that they have the best equipped kitchen in town, but have no bedroom furnishings. Seek input and advice from friends and family before you sit down together to develop your list of preferences. Their ideas may help you to include items that would be helpful that you would never have considered.
REAL SIMPLE magazine asked brides to identify items for the “Things I Wished I’d Registered For” list they were compiling. Here are some of the items that made the list.
- Extra Wine Glasses
- Oven to table bake ware – one or two casseroles that can go to parties and events and look good.
- Fine China – too many couples are selecting only something practical to use now. Brides miss having some fine china to use for special occasions and to “pass on”.
- Bar B Q Grill
- Art pieces for home décor (consider including an art gallery in your list of registry locations)
- A cordless drill
- Decorative pillows and throws for the living room – a quick and effective way to add dash
- Christmas decorations – something special and classic that the couple could bring out each year
- Outdoor gear and equipment like Coleman stoves, backyard hammocks or lawn chairs.
For more help with your gift registry, talk with one of our experienced consultants, as we feature gifts that will be remembered for a lifetime.