Receiving 10 toasters likely isn’t on your list of wedding “To Do’s,” but it is definitely a possibility. With so many other aspects of your wedding to focus on, your registry is one that deserves some serious time and attention. While it’s impossible to control the gifts guests purchase, here are 5 things you can control that will help decrease your chances of receiving duplicate gifts.
1. Keep Guests in Mind
It’s likely your guest list consists of a wide variety of people with different styles, incomes, and opinions on what makes a good wedding gift. Keep this in mind when creating your registry, and be sure to create registries to at least two different stores, but no more than four. Make sure each guest will have access to at least one of the stores to increase your chances of them making a purchase from your registry rather than branching out and buying what they consider to be a good gift.
2. Review Regularly
Take the time to review your registry at least once a week, and maybe more as your wedding draws closer. Make sure items are coming off of your registry correctly—some guests may forget to present your registry information at check out, or will purchase something similar to an item on your registry, but not the exact item. As you receive the gifts you need or have registered for, adjust your registry accordingly to lessen the chances of multiples being purchased of any one item.
3. Give Options
Guests will each have a different idea of their wedding gift budget, meaning you may have guests looking to spend big on a gift, and some who are working with a tight budget. Register for gifts within a wide price range to allow guests to best accommodate their own budget and not feel overwhelmed in purchasing a gift. This will again encourage them to maintain proper wedding gift etiquette and not deviate from your registry.
4. Get Your Fiancé Involved
Brides tend to take control of the wedding registry, whether intentional or not, leaving their fiancés with little or no say in what goes on the list. Get your fiancé involved. Make a day of it—this could be one of those experiences you look back on forever. About half the guests attending your wedding are likely strangers to you, but not to him—use this to your advantage and let him help you register for items he thinks his friends and family will purchase as newlywed gifts.
5. Think Outside the Box
Consider registering for experiences rather than items and let guests help pay for your honeymoon or any adventures you go on while there. This allows guests a unique way to be a part of your special event, and it is an especially good idea when you already have what you need for your new home.
With the help of these 5 tips, you can expect to see fewer duplicates in the gifts for marriage you receive from friends and family.