A survey of newlyweds found that 89% received many or most of the items they included on their bridal registries. They found that registering their "wish list" was an easy and convenient way to save their guests and themselves a lot of time and wasted money.
So, if you want to avoid the hassle of duplicate gifts, and give your guests an "insurance policy" that their gift will be used and appreciated, open up a bridal registry in a store that carries a wide variety of items to suit both you and your fiancé's tastes. By doing this, you acknowledge the difficulty involved in choosing a wedding gift for any couple, and your guests will appreciate your foresight.
Even family members and close friends will not be able to second-guess the needs and wants of a couple in their new lifestyle. Only you and your fiance can pick out china patterns, silver or other items that you can be certain to like and use. These gifts will lay the foundation for your wonderful new life together.
Even if you have been living on your own for a while, or are entering a second or third marriage, registering can provide you with a unique opportunity to receive some items that you may not otherwise buy yourself. Any supply of basic appliances can be updated, and perhaps you and your husband-to-be will have other needs which cannot be met with your old possessions. New items received in a marriage after a divorce are always special because they signify your "new" life, and leave behind any previous history that your old items may carry.
Many brides-to-be express the concern that they will be seen as only concerned with gifts if they open up a bridal registry. As long as you don't announce your registration on the wedding invitations, or allow the store to send notices of this fact to your guests, your guests will appreciate the planning you and your fiancé went through in helping them to choose the perfect gift.
Lately, bridal registries have been including more untraditional items as well as the conventional crystal, china, and silver. Sporting goods, electronic equipment, artwork, furniture, cellular phones, answering machines, TVs, and computers are all popular choices. More expensive registry items are perfect for groups of family members, friends or co-workers who want to chip in on a gift together.
Another new trend has been for couples to register with travel agencies or mortgage lenders. In this type of "registry," a cash donation may be made to help finance the couple's honeymoon or down payment on a house.
Your guests will appreciate the planning you and your fiancé went through in helping them to choose the perfect gift. If you do decide to open a bridal registry account for a down payment on a house, contact the Housing and Urban Development organization. They will help you find participating banks nationwide so family and friends can then deposit their cash gifts directly into the interest-bearing account. Even if you do set up a registry for a down payment on a home, it is still advisable to register at a store to please any traditional gift-givers who may not like the idea of giving money at a wedding.
If you do register at a store, there are some guidelines you should follow:
As a general rule, keep the gifts in the $55-$105 range. However, don't neglect the lower or higher priced items.
Keeping these helpful hints in mind, you are on your way to a blissful marriage. Working together with your fiancé to supply your new home is a partnership that your guests will appreciate as well, for the ease and confidence it gives them in choosing your gift.
He’s finally popped the question and of course you said yes. Now the work starts. Your wedding plans must begin right away.
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