Top 12 Tips for Your Bridal Registry

As seen in the Summer 2018 edition of CV Lux magazine Lifestyle Editor, Gina Jelladian, shares the social graces and etiquette of everything bridal registry! See the published article here.

Choosing the style and decor of your home is almost as big of as a commitment as the one you just made to your fiancé… we know it can be a bit overwhelming!!

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There are many choices in every category of Bridal Registry, from your bedroom and bathroom linens, to your stoneware and fine china.. take it one step at a time! Although you may gravitate toward neutral selections because you’re not sure where you’ll be living, add some spice in there. Utilize the services offered by the registry consultants to style your new home! 

Here are the top 12 things you should know about registering to get exactly what you want {and need}

 1. Time it right: We recommend that you begin to register as soon as you get engaged! Many guests will be inquiring about what to buy you for your pre-wedding celebrations {engagement party, showers, brunches, or for those who’d like to send something as a token of congratulations}

2. Take stock: Make a list of what you both have and will keep - and also what you still need and want. Consider the need for “everyday” and “formal” versions of dinnerware, glassware, table linens & serve ware. Will you incorporate what you already have, or will you completely refresh your dining collections? Speak with your registry consultant about this to potentially utilize your pre-existing dinnerware.

3. Choose more than one spot: Different necessities come from different stores.. cover them all and select at least two locations for your bridal and gift registry. 

4. Know your guests:  Be sure to register for items in a range of prices so people can choose gifts within their means. Provide a good mix: think traditional for older relatives & affordable & fun for college friends. Don’t hesitate to register for items you really want - your guests want to get you something memorable for this very special occasion! 

5. Over register: To satisfy gift needs for showers, engagement parties and of course, your Wedding, request more items than the number of people on your guest list. Having options doesn’t look ostentatious, you’re actually doing guests a favor by giving them more choices! {you’re such a thoughtful Bride!} {i.e. If you have 200 invited wedding guests, this will equal 100 wedding gifts + another 100 bridal shower gifts!}

6. Get the Good Stuff: The largest hesitation we see from brides is on fine china. Many brides feel that they won’t use it because it’s too delicate… This is a huge misconception! Porcelain or China is actually the most durable item you will register for because of how it is made. The fine-particle clay is fired at a higher temperature than what you might choose for your daily dinnerware or stoneware. This method of making makes most fine china dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, unless the manufacturer indicates otherwise or it has a gold, silver or platinum trim. Although China has a more formal feeling about it, you can most certainly enjoy it every single day and make Wednesday evening dinner feel a little more special.

7. Get Plenty of Plates: It’s a good idea to request 10-16 place settings. Regular dinner parties are usually six to eight people, but if you have a large family and plan on entertaining during the holidays, you should register for more. Also bear in mind that you may lose some over time - you’ll appreciate having these extras 5 or even 15 years from your wedding date! 

8. Guide the Gift Giving: A good point to keep in mind when you first register is to sign up for products that you really want or need, like your china and bathroom linens. Then as items on your checklist start to dwindle, add more. That way you won’t be stuck with a gravy boat, when instead you really needed those extra salad plates.

9. Stay in Season: If you have longer than one year before the wedding, don’t register for seasonal items that will be replaced in a few months. When guests go to purchase, these items may be unavailable.

10. Let your guests know: Unfortunately, it’s not advised to include your bridal registry on the wedding invitation. You should share with your very close friends, bridal party & immediate family where you’re registered because those are the first people that get asked when your guests are in search of the perfect gift for you & your fiancé! Also be sure to include it on all of your bridal shower invitations & wedding website!

11. Weekend Update: Most gifts are purchased two weeks before & two weeks after a bridal shower and wedding… be sure to check your registry and add additional items if necessary to make sure guests have options!

12. Be Gracious: Remember to thank your guests! Each person took the time to hand select a gift for you and your honey.. please take the time to hand write your notecards to show your gratitude. Your thank you notes should be sent within three months of your return from your honeymoon! 

During this joyous time in your life - don’t be practical.. just enjoy! You deserve it!! As you peruse all collections, just remember what Elsie De Wolfe said.. “I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.”