The Dos and Don’ts to Include in Wedding Registries

If you’re getting married, you’re probably already planning ways to make your wedding a day that’s just as unique as the love you share. One way to do this is by creating a wedding registry that reflects your style and personality. But how do you know what items to add to your registry?

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We’ve got the dos and don’ts for making your registry stand out from all the rest. Let’s dive in!

Add the Right Number of Items

You don’t need to register for everything you want. As a matter of fact, it’s best not to go overboard on the number of items you register for. When it comes time to sit down and make your list, think about what you really need and what can wait until some other point in time.

Let’s see why:

  • You may not be sure about certain types of things (like glassware), so it’s better to hold off on them until after the wedding when you know exactly what kind of style and look you’re going for in your home.
  • You might want some things now but others later on down the line. If something doesn’t fit into your current lifestyle or aesthetic vision yet but has potential as an investment item down the road (say, an antique tablecloth), then by all means put it on there.

Be Specific About What You Want

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You may be afraid of asking for specific items, but it’s important to do so. Asking for a specific brand or model of an item will help your guests understand exactly what kind of product you have in mind and make it easier for them to find a gift that matches your tastes.

You should also be specific about color when possible. For example, if you’ve just moved into a new house (or you’re having renovations done) and need some new furniture pieces, ask guests to consider buying either white or black furniture in particular. This will help narrow down their options without limiting them too much. They’ll still have plenty of room to choose something else if they think black is too boring or white is too expensive.

Put a Mix of Items on Your Registry

Registering for items that you will use and love makes sense, of course, but it’s also important to register for items that you need. This can include things like flatware and bed linens as well as small appliances and cleaning products. The point is not to get every wedding gift you could ever dream of — that would be overwhelming. Instead, think about what your daily routine looks like and imagine how a certain item could help make life easier or more enjoyable.

If you’re planning on moving into a new home together after your honeymoon is over, consider registering for some basic kitchenware that will make unpacking easier (and less frustrating). Another option is to register for an appliance such as a blender or coffee maker that will help create shared memories in the years ahead.

Don’t be Shy or Feel Guilty

Don’t be shy or feel guilty. If you want something, ask for it. You’re the one getting married, and if you don’t ask for what’s important to you and your partner, who will?

You can also use registries as an opportunity to let family and friends know that they can get something more personal than a set of china, as long as it fits within the spending limits.

So if there’s an antique tea set that has sentimental value but is far above your registry limit (or just out of reach), explain that when people go through their holiday gift lists this year, they can choose another gift from the registry at their discretion.

Customize Your Registry to Fit Your Personality

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You know your friends and family better than anyone else, so it’s important to create a registry that reflects the things you like. It’s okay to mix and match items from different price points, as long as they fit with your personality. You can add some quirky items (like those adorable mason jar glasses), fun items (like those personalized wine glasses), and practical items (like an electric kettle). Don’t be afraid to include extravagant things either, like fine china or crystal stemware — it’ll make great gifts for years to come.

Keep Your Registry Open for at Least a Few Months

Keep your registry open for at least a few months. Most people will be so excited to get you gifts that they want to do it right away, but that might mean you’re missing out on some of the best gifts out there: those items that are hard to find and are only available in limited quantities — like an exclusive set of four plates you’ve always wanted, but were only available online or at one store in town.

That’s why we recommend keeping your registry open for at least a few months after your wedding date. You can add or remove items later on as needed (like if someone wants to get something off their own Christmas list instead of from your list). The point is: don’t close the door completely just because it’s time for presents!

The Registry is There to Help Make Sure You Get the Things You Need for Your New Home

It’s important to remember that the registry is there to help make sure you get the things you need for your new home. It’s a great way to get items that are difficult to buy and can be useful in helping people who live far away.

You want your guests to feel comfortable buying things for you that they know will be useful and appreciated, so keep this in mind as you select items from different categories on Amazon or other online stores.


In the end, it’s important to remember that you are in charge of your registry. You can get anything on it, and you should think of this as a chance to be creative and have fun. If there’s one thing we hope you take away from this article: don’t be shy or feel guilty about what goes on there — it’s your registry after all.


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