1. First things first: Register.
Unless you don’t want any tangible gifts at all, you should absolutely create a wedding registry. Not only will it prevent your from receiving three toasters and another set of champagne flutes that won’t fit into your glass cupboard, it’ll also relieve your guests of the stress of finding the perfect present for their loved one. You and your partner will receive what you want and need to start your new life as newlyweds and your friends and family will be happy to participate in creating your dream home.
2. Use a checklist to pick your items.
Have fun! Have a glass of wine of your favourite fizzy mocktail, grab your computer(s) and start by making a categorized checklist of items you’d like, or using one available online (ours is available at the bottom of this post). Think of what you already have (perhaps a collection of travel souvenir mugs or a set of china teacups passed down from your grandmother? Skip those items!) and of what you’ll need for special occasions and for everyday life as a couple.
3. How many gifts should you add to your wedding registry?
The general rule of thumb is to multiply the guest list by two in order to count two gifts per guest. In case you don’t receive every gift on your list, many registry websites offer completion discounts. At Maison Lipari, we’ll offer you a 10% discount until one month after your wedding date to apply to items on your registry that weren’t purchased by guests.
4. Register in one place.
This will make your wedding registry experience much smoother than registering for bed linens in one place, cookware in another, etc. Maison Lipari offers high-quality items from over 250 brands that are wedding registry staples for cooking, dining, decorating, and furnishing your bedroom or bathroom from Villeroy & Boch, Le Creuset, Wedgwood, Breville, Christofle, and so much more.
5. Are there any items to avoid adding to a wedding registry?
Yes, there are. Wedding registry gifts should be enjoyed as much by yourself as by your partner. Personalized gifts for the bride or the groom are more appropriate at the bridal shower or the groom roast (a man's versions of the bridal shower… who knew!). Single-use kitchen appliances like a quesadilla-maker or a popcorn machine may seem like fun, but you’ll get more use and pleasure out of practical items you can use every day such as a cookware set or a stand mixer.
6. Include items for every budget.
Different guests will have different wedding gift budgets. Make sure to include items from different price points to ensure no guest feels uncomfortable about purchasing a gift or unable to. Making a portion of your registry match a bracket that you deem more available to some of your guests is a thoughtful gesture. For example, one bracket could be under $150.00, another from $150.00 to $300.00, another from $300.00 to $450.00, and finally a $450.00+ one. Maison Lipari also offers gift cards, which are a great option to give your guests more flexibility in regards to prices.
7. When should I share my registry with my guests?
Make sure to complete your registry and share it with your guests six months before the big day, around the same time you would send your save-the-dates. This will give your guests ample time to browse your list and purchase their gifts.
At this stage, those are all the basic wedding registry etiquette tips you need to know! We hope this list provided some helpful tips. Here’s a preview of Maison Lipari’s wedding registry checklist to help you pick your items, available by signing up for our newsletter here.
Remember, registries are a great way to help you receive gifts you truly want, and alleviate the stress of picking the perfect gift for your guests not only when getting married, but for any special occasion. Maison Lipari’s wedding registry is a reliable tool for weddings, birthdays, housewarming soirées, graduations, and everything in between.
Create your registry today at Maison Lipari.
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