Complete a registry with various items, give more options

Saige Heyer

One of the most exciting parts about planning a wedding and your life with your soon-to-be spouse is doing your bridal registry.

These days you can register just about anywhere in-store and online. Some of these places include Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Pier One and Pottery Barn. You can also check with some of the smaller businesses in town to see if they do wedding registries.

Once you know where you want to register, you can go online to their website or any wedding website to find a checklist of things brides usually register for. Some of the categories for these items include:

• Formal dinnerware and flatware

• Serveware

• Table linens

• Crystal drinkware

• Casual glassware, dinnerware and flatware

• Cookware

• Cutlery

• Bakeware

• Kitchen basics, including utensils

• Small kitchen appliances

• Bedding

• Towels

• Decor

• Travel items

There are many things to keep in mind when creating your bridal registry. Below are some tips from Wedding Wire to help you out.

Make sure the store offers rewards and online services. Some stores offer discounts when you register with them. It’s also a good idea to make sure your guests can order things online and have them shipped to their home or directly to you if they can’t make it to your wedding.

Register at a few different stores. This will help your guests choose where they want to shop. Some stores you register may not be close to some of your guests so it’s best to give them different choices.

Register early. If some of your guests can’t make it to your wedding, you want to give them ample time to pick out a gift and ship it to you.

Keep your registry up-to-date. If you have a bridal shower and get some of your gifts that day, check your registries to make sure those items were taken off so you don’t get two of the same thing. Most registries automatically do this if your guests scan the code at checkout or order online through your registry.

When registering, choose items from different price ranges. Some guests will decide on a set amount they want to spend on your gift, so giving them different items in different price ranges will help them narrow down what to get for you. If they print out the registry online, they can sort by category or price.

Involve both spouses in creating the registry. Both the bride-to-be and groom-to-be should be included in making the decision of what to include in the couple’s home. Remember, both the bride and groom will be using these and you want to make sure both people are satisfied with the gifts you receive.