Since we are in the prime of engagement season, a lot of you newly engaged ladies and gents will be looking to start creating your wedding registries! This is a super intimidating process, regardless if you’re needing everything new or looking to upgrade existing pieces. So here are some tips I recently learned creating my own registries, and some tricks I learned after, to help you create your dream registry!
Tip #1: Take A Walk Either through your house or apartments and make a check-list for each area and start creating your wish list or things you want/need! Since everything is digital now, I also recommend going to the store, especially if you can’t decide between two stores. Seeing, touching and comparing things will help make a decision and then no surprises when you receive gifts.
Tip #2: Use Starter Guides/Check-Lists These are pre-populated lists made by your Registries and they’re life savors, more and more sites are creating these. It wasn’t until I’d already created a 2 of my registries that I found Zola and their check list. It was a game changer! The checklist allowed me to think of things I needed, new ideas for pieces to upgrade, or things that weren’t that important for us!
Tip #3: Star Your Most Wanted Obviously everything is a most wanted item, but reality check, not everyone is going to buy off your registry, and if they do – make sure you get your priority items first! I regretted not doing this sooner, as I ended up returning items in place of ones we needed more.
Tip #4: Take Your Time Since this can be a bit overwhelming, don’t feel like you need to do this all in one day or one weekend, start early, browse, shop, and add as you go and think of things. You really just want everything final about a month before your first major wedding event (people are last minute shoppers!)
Tip #5: Put a Cap on It After you have your list created you’ll quickly find out what your priority items are, so limit the number of registries you create! This will be a life savor for you and your guests.
Tip #6: Use Zola The part I love most about Zola is the behind the scenes interface for brides/grooms, not only do they have a wide variety of products and brands, on top of money funds that you can create, they also make returns, shipping, exchanging, SUPER EASY AND you can be really secretive about it so you don’t hurt anyones feelings! Their app is easy to use and their customer service is great, I will continue to shop from Zola!
Tip #7: Link to Wedding Website Be sure to link your registries with your wedding website! This will be helpful especially if you plan on using your wedding website URL on all the various invites and serves as one central place for your guests.
Tip #8: Download the App! A lot of the apps for registries make it easy to shop, check-in and have built-in scanners for shopping in stores. It can also allow you to check-in on pieces that might become out of stock or discontinued. (because that happens more than you’d think!)
We had three registries; Target was a no brainer for me just based on shear convenience for myself and guests, Pottery Barn was mainly used for new dishes and few other fun pieces, and Zola was the catch-all but mainly all my dreamy Kate Spade pieces and other fun and functional pieces. This is one of the fun parts about getting married, so don’t stress, add as you think of things, and get ready for a lot of awesome new stuff!