To Register or Not to Register, That is the Question!
Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether or not I should have a gift registry. I have found it interesting to see how different generations feel about it. Many of our friends have had wishing wells which, in today’s society, is practical. Many couples live together before they are married and already own many of the household items once provide by a registry or kitchen tea. This causes somewhat of a conflict for family elders, as they may view wishing wells as “greedy” or “lacking in thought”. While a wishing well is a fantastic modern day idea and one I wish to embrace I also feel that giving the option of a registry is a great way to please many parties. While you may feel a bit uncomfortable asking people for gifts, it ensures that gifts you do receive reflect your needs, tastes and in all honestly it does make it much less stressful for your guests.
When speaking with our older guests about our engagement party we were surprised at the number of people who asked whether we had registered anywhere for engagement gifts. Initially we didn’t even think of gifts, we just wanted to celebrate this exciting time in our lives surrounded by all our family and friends but the more we were asked about it the more we realised it was a smart move.
We did our research and looked into many different registries but ended up registering at The Wedding List Co. They had so many brands we loved and so many items we had been eyeing off in stores so it was the perfect choice for us. They also have a Thank You Card manager which lists the gift, who gave it and their address (this was such an AMAZING help when writing our thank you cards – one of the best features).
Setting up the registry was easy. We did it all online and were able to customise our own welcome message to our guests. This was particularly helpful due to the fact it was for our engagement not our wedding. We worried our guests might get confused so we made sure to emphasise this factor.
The Wedding List Co has such an extensive range of gifts we found that we could create a registry with a price range for every type of guest. They even have a section dedicated to gifts under $50! The website was super easy to use and made our experience so much fun. Lewie and I took turns selecting things we liked and made sure there was a balance (otherwise it may have consisted of Missoni towels and kitchen appliances and not many unisex gifts).
The whole process was an absolute breeze and our guests have since said how easy it was for them. It also gave them a great insight into our tastes and allowed them to add something we absolutely love into our lives.
Do you/will you use a registry for your wedding and wedding related events? How do you feel about wishing wells?