Southern Alberta's wedding, honeymoon and special occasion
planning website offers tips and information for planning your special
Useful wedding advice,
tips, questions for planning your
It's perfectly fine to register as soon as you get engaged, so there's no
need to wait.
There are a lot of registry options, so do a little research first. Find out
what extras are offered, for example, some retailers may offer you a
discount for up to year after your wedding so you can complete your gift
list. Make sure the process is hassle-free for the gift givers. How many
locations does the store have? Are people able to order by phone and fax, as
well as online? Do they have a toll-free number?
You can register at more than one place. Two to four registries gives your
guests a lot of choices, especially if you choose one store for bedding and
another for china, etc.
Don't register for china if what you really want is camping gear. Realize,
though, that your tastes may change in the future, and you might want some
fancy dishes for serving Christmas dinner to your own family and guest.
Consider your needs for everyday living and formal needs.
Be sure to register for gifts you both want. You need to consider the style
of home you both want, and your activities. It's important to try to look
into the future a little, as well (that four-person table and chair set
might work for now, but maybe not in ten years).
Think of your Guests
Your guests will probably have different price ranges. Generally, about a
third of your list should be under $50. Some large sets could be broken up
to allow more than one person to purchase the items. Don't get greedy, your guests will see it a mile off!
If you receive a monetary gift, it's good practice to let the giver know in
the thank-you note how you plan to spend the money.
If you receive gifts before the wedding, a thank-you note should be sent out
within two weeks. For gifts received on or after your wedding day, it's
appropriate to send out a thank-you note within a month after your return
from the honeymoon.