YES!!! Couples still register, but what has changed in the past few years are the options available that provide this service. Gift registries give you the ability to provide well thought out information about your needs and wants, and guests appreciate knowing the things you would really love to have. It gives them assurance and confidence that what they give will be excitedly received and eliminates the “duplication” aspect substantially.
The items on your registry(ies) will be a part of your life for years to come, so don’t choose in haste! Grooms absolutely want their input, so take your time and start early. Just make sure the lists are completed a few weeks before your first pre-wedding event. If you have out-of-town family and friends, your registry needs to have the ability of national access, whether that be online or a country wide retail chain. All registries are electronic, which makes choosing and purchasing easy to track and manage.
Besides the traditional department/chain store registries (Macy’s, Bed, Bath and Beyond), there are quite a number of “out of the box” websites that give less traditional options. If you have all the housewares you need, how about registering at an electronic or strictly online store (Best Buy, Amazon). There are registries that send you on a honeymoon (Honeyfund), fund your wedding (Tendr) and help with the house down payment (HatchMyHouse). All inclusive sites (Blueprint Registry, Zola) and even those that give to your favorite charity (IDoFoundation) offer even more variety for your guests to choose from.
You’ll notice that many registries have invitation cards available to you, but according to etiquette experts, it is still not a proper invitation if you include registry information. It’s better to set up a wedding website where you can easily include registry information within the pages of your site. Put the website address on the invitation so that guests can check out all of your fun postings and access all the information they will need.
Happy Gift Selecting!!
Your New Beginnings Bridal Studio Team