There are so many to dos that seem to hit all at once at the beginning of wedding planning that registering can seem like an overwhelming — and kind of unwelcome — addition. Before I dove in, I remember thinking of registering as a very daunting prospect (so many choices that will affect THE WHOLE REST OF MY LIFE!), but if you break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks, it shouldn’t be stressful, and will likely be lots of fun.
The first task? Simply opening a registry. If you know an engagement party is being planned for you, we recommend doing this as early as possible. Otherwise, make sure you do it at least two months before your first bridal shower. Guests may or may not choose to purchase a gift off your registry (especially for the engagement party), but it’s nice to give them a few options when possible.
Of course, you certainly don’t have to have your registry completely filled out within a month of getting engaged – even ten items that you know you love would be a great starting point! You can always go back and add items over time, as you have the space to do your research, visit the stores to look at options in person, and dream about the newlywed life you hope to live and the items that might enhance it.
Similarly, don’t feel you need to register at more than one store right off the bat. (Most couples choose to register at 2-3 different places, with at least one being a large, chain retailer with an online presence.) Choose one option to start that you know you love, and then consider adding 1-2 more as you have more time to research different options.
We’ll be sharing a quick and simple piece of wedding planning advice based on our most frequently asked questions once a week! Feel free to email us with your own question, or pick up a copy of the Southern Weddings Planner for all of our best resources in one place!