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Many couples getting ready to be married have an idea of what they need but know there are still many items missing. The question comes up as to what is appropriate and the overall process of the gift registry, which can be further complicated if both the bride and groom have things separately and are trying to determine what is needed once the two households combine.
The best way to determine what you need for your new home is to literally start with one room in each house and make a list of new items needed. For instance, both of you may have toasters but both are old and not only look bad but also do not operate properly. Instead of trying to keep going with one or two old toasters, plan on discarding both and putting a new toaster on your list. Perhaps one of you has an ironing board and iron but it too has shown better days. Rather than bring something old into the new marriage, put these items on your registry list.
Therefore, start with one room and make a list of all the items needed for that room. Then, separate those items into price categories. Remember that you will have guests at your wedding from all different financial positions so you want there to be $15 items such as a new toaster or placemats to the more expensive items such as china and silverware. This gives everyone an opportunity to buy a gift that falls within his or her budget.
Putting the registry together is an even that should be done by both the bride and groom. You want both the bride and groom to have input since each will think of something the other forgot. This is also an excellent way to incorporate two styles into one.
Once you have completed all the rooms in both homes and made a list of all the items needed, broken down by price, you want to schedule time to meet with the various departments of the stores you are interested in working with. Although this will take a little time out of your schedule, and some of it can be done on the phone, the professionals will help you through the process to ensure you get the most gifts you want.
As soon as that is complete, you want to let family and friends know where you have registered. It is there job to spread the word. You should never list the places that you have registered with on the wedding invitations, as this would be considered rude and too forward. By your friends and family working with you, you will be amazed at how quickly everyone will know where to shop. The bachelor and bachelorette party is an ideal place to let people know about the registries.
Gift registry is beneficial in that you know you will not receive five blenders, four clocks, etc. If this is a second wedding, this is a wonderful time to registry at specialty shops since chances are you probably have all the main household items needed. This might include a gardening store, music store, or a local art gallery.