No matter where you are in your wedding planning adventure you should probably be following the motto, work hard and register often! I know plenty of brides and grooms feel estranged to the whole deal of asking for tons of items they have only daydreamed of having in their homes. Well brides, have no fear (or feelings of selfishness), registering is apart of the process! To make things a little less overwhelming here's some tips for registering the right way!
Don't go overboard:
One of the first pieces of advice we received was register for less. While stores like Macy's and Dillards will encourage a set number of items to have available, remember that the less you have the more likely you are to receive what you actually registered for.
In my opinion, waffle makers are cool but trendy dishes are cooler!
Change your mind (sooner rather than later):
While it may seem a bit too proactive to register right after engagement, it's actually a smart move. Lee and I registered at Macy's a mere month post engagement. Early? Sure. Yet, now we have the opportunity to change our mind and edit the list as much as we need to before invites are sent out. Keep up with your online accounts for registries to allow yourself easy access to items you love!
Remember -- make sure you're having fun!
One store, two store, three!
Lee and I are registered at five different stores; each with their own unique purpose in mind. Having a good variation in your registry is a smart move for guests that live near and far.
Keep a list.
Cups, mixers, napkin rings.... me oh my! Keeping a list of items you want/have already registered for guarantees a smooth registering process without the added confusion. (If you're totally lost on what you should be shopping for check out my post on the best wedding planner for your money.) Not only does it keep a running list of things to do, but comes with the perfect list for items you should register for as newlyweds!
Appreciate what you get, the rest isn't going anywhere!
While L. and I may be newbies on all this gift receiving, we are already aware of the fact that we won't receive everything we register for. Price, store selection, and seasonal availability will result in a few returned items AND missing items. No big dealio - be ready to figure out what you'd be willing to purchase yourselves just in case.
Remember: gifts are awesome and something to be thankful for, but be sure to express that thanks post-nuptials!
PS: Cute thank you's like these are a sweet gesture to shout out your gratitude for your guests.
Image from Minted
Don't run away just yet!
I bet you thought I'd forget the work hard part of our new motto!
Nope, to remind you to stay fit and active throughout the planning I'm leaving you with three workout resources that I use on a weekly basis! Keeping things varied keeps your body moving and your brain relaxed. One is even for hire as an ONLINE trainer. No excuses there ladies! Check out Glisten Fit, Blogilates, or my Pinterest Board for workouts!
So remember, do your time in the gym, and then spend the day with your man and that special scanning gun!
What's your registry strategy?