Choosing a Wedding Registry – Top Tips You Need to Know

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Before you book that Limo or Party Bus for your Wedding Day, you need to decide on a Wedding Registry.  Here at Kevin Smith Transportation Group, we asked 20 Wedding Planners their advice and this is what they gave us.

Wedding Registries are Fun

Even though it’s “one more thing to do,” choosing a Wedding Registry should definitely be one of those FUN tasks to check off your wedding checklist. 

Selecting multiple wedding registries is the norm these days, giving you options for your own needs and wishes while also providing some good gift choices for your guests.

Want to talk to a Wedding Coordinator who can help you arrange all of your Wedding Day Transportation anywhere in the greater Philadelphia, PA area? Call 610-222-6225 and ask to speak to one of our Wedding Coordinators and they will walk you through the entire process. 

To start, decide what your main intentions are: practical and inexpensive, traditional and memorable (keepsakes), theme-based (cooking items for two chefs, for example) or perhaps a combination of each of these.

Also keep in mind that if you’d like to put the money toward your honeymoon instead, there are also honeymoon registry services that will allow your guests to do just that.

Next, jot down a list of stores that you and your fiancé normally shop at anyway (for housewares, etc.) Chances are that you’ll have the most success putting together a registry from one of those retailers rather than one that you are less familiar with or rarely shop at.

Are 20 Wedding Registries Too Many?

Yes.  20 is too many.  We were kidding.

However, most couples will opt to have 2-3 different registries for their guests to choose from, which generally ends up being a win-win for everyone.

You’ll be able to focus on two or more different types of gifts from each store, and your guests will be able to choose the one that makes the best sense for them, whether it’s price range or proximity to the store in their local area.

Once your registries are set up, you can simply include a link to each of them on your website (if you build one) or in your invitation. And if your guests decide to shop in store rather than online, they’ll be able to do that by using a kiosk in the store and looking up your registry by your last name, or simply by asking a store associate for help with buying registry items.

Want to talk to a Wedding Coordinator who can help you arrange all of your Wedding Day Transportation anywhere in the greater Philadelphia, PA area? Call 610-222-6225 and ask to speak to one of our Wedding Coordinators and they will walk you through the entire process. 

Tip: Thinking of signing up for three or more registries? You might check out an all-in-one registry service link MyRegistry.com to simplify things for your guests and make it easier for you to select items from a wide number of stores, even if you want to select just one or two items from several different retailers.

How to Set Up Your Wedding Registry

If you answered have my mother or future mother-in-law do it, we hear you.  However, the experts say this is something you definitely want to do yourself.

Once you’ve decided on the stores you’d like to register with, you can either set up your registry account through the store’s website (for most national chains) or simply work with a registry specialist in person.

 We prefer the latter, so that you can walk through the store and pick out items that you love (always a little hard to select items online and not really know what they look like in real life.) If you are pressed for time, setting up everything online is of course an option and can save you considerable time instead of walking up and down store aisles.

Tip: Selecting registry items is one activity that both you and your fiancé should plan on working on together. One of you will likely think of essential items to add that the other wouldn’t have thought of, and more importantly, this is a really fun way to start envisioning how your new married life might look having some of the basics already around you in your home.

Lastly, review your list to make sure it looks like you’ve covered all the areas of your home, etc. and make sure you’ve included a wide range of prices for your guests to choose from as not everyone will have the same budget for purchasing wedding gifts.

Wedding Registry is Complete

Of course, the Wedding Registry is only one item on your list (check out our comprehensive Wedding Checklist here for what to do next).

Planning a Wedding is a lot of work and finding the perfect vendor for every source is no easy task.  One thing Kevin Smith Transportation Group can help with is your Wedding Day transportation.

From Limos to Party Buses to general Shuttle Service, we can deliver every aspect of your transportation needs.  So when you are done with your Wedding Registry, give KSTG a call at 610-222-6225 and let us help you check one more item off of your Wedding Checklist.

Bonus Tip – Look for Perks

Before choosing where to register, find out what kinds of perks and discounts you might get. For example, some retailers offer what’s called a completion program that allows you to purchase whatever you don’t receive at a discount (10 to 15 percent off for up to a year after the wedding, for example).

Bonus Tip Two – Guide the Gift-Giving

A good point to keep in mind when you first register is to sign up for products you really want or need, like a new mattress. Then as the items on your checklist start to dwindle, add more. That way you won’t be stuck with a fruit basket when instead you really need those extra salad plates.