Wedding registry ideas for engaged couples
For some couples, the pandemic brought a dramatic pause on their engagement. Even the most anticipated wedding planning is halted as the world indefinitely closes down because of COVID-19 and couples are faced with certain frustrations as restrictions for events and gatherings are put in place.
But love doesn’t tarry, even when these unprecedented events in the world are changing how humans celebrate it. Part of the planning process engaged couples must tackle is the creation of a wedding registry. It may seem like no big deal, but sometimes having a registry makes a world of difference for guests.
What is a wedding registry?
A wedding registry is a list of gifts an engaged couple must prepare and choose from a certain retailer or website. Wedding registries are practical for the couple’s friends, families and guests to know which gifts the couple wishes to receive.
When to register
The sooner a wedding registry is set up, the better! Family and friends are usually the ones who are very excited to buy stuff once they hear about the engagement. Maybe a good time to set up a registry is a few weeks before the engagement.
It helps to keep the registry accessible to the family, friends and guests of both sides as they might buy things in advance, even way before the actual wedding. Look into having an online registry where links can be sent to all the guests.
What to put in the registry
For those who are hard-pressed for ideas on items both of you want to receive, here are a few tested and proven items that will delight gift-givers as much as those on the receiving end.
The most profound gifts are simple. It might be out of the ordinary to ask for flowers on a wedding registry, but there are affordable wedding flower packages that family and friends can pick. Couples can ask guests to pay for these flower packages if they’re keen on receiving experiences as gifts instead of material things.
No registry list is complete without household items. Ask for good quality household stuff perfect for cooking and baking, like a Dutch oven or a cast-iron skillet, for example. Though these items are on the pricier side, gift-givers will delight in the fact that these items are practical and will be put to good use for the better part of the marriage years.
Break the boring list of wedding registry wish lists by adding a touch of flair. Ask for the couple’s favourite records – maybe even a significant song that marks their love story – and tell a sweet, romantic tale during the gift-opening or wedding reception. Thank the gift-givers by making everyone in the room swoon.
If couples already live together and possess the household items they need, subscription boxes are excellent gift ideas. These unique items have grown in popularity over the years because they carry a personal and practical touch.
Since they’re reasonably priced, they won’t hurt the gift-giver’s pocket. Companies that offer subscription boxes have many products to choose from, such as bathroom essentials, wines, cocktails and other nice gifts. Guests will never run out of options.
Asking for books is practical because not only do they impart knowledge and ideas, they last a long time too. Any newlywed could use a nice collection of books in their household, be it cookbooks, self-help books or nonfiction books. Family and friends would be glad to give the priceless gift of ideas and knowledge.
Even though the pandemic has downsized wedding celebrations and made them more intimate, there are still fun ways to turn a frustrating situation around.
Having a wedding registry is one way to make the wedding day more enjoyable for everyone. It makes the anticipation more apparent, especially to family, friends and guests. It’s also good etiquette to have a list prepared to ensure that none of their gifts will end up dumped into storage, unused and forgotten. Just be sure to keep the prices in check and the items cater to the guests’ various budgetary constraints.
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