Questions for Stacy: When and Where Should I Set up my Registry?


Hi Stacy.  I am recently engaged and am wondering when I should set up my registry.  Additionally, with how many companies do you suggest I register?


Congratulations!  Setting up your registry is one of the most fun activities you and your fiancé get to do together, because it allows you to dream big and start to piece together the way you want your new home to look.  It’s a good idea to get your registry underway before you send out your Save The Date , as your friends and family might want to send you an engagement gift when they receive it.  It’s also a good idea to determine which companies you’re going to register with before you set up your wedding website, as this is where this information should live (registry information should never be included on any of the wedding-related mailed pieces, except for any showers that are thrown in your honor).

I think it’s wise to keep your registries to a maximum of three companies.  Some of our favorites are Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, REI, and Amazon.  An alternative option for the bride and groom who already live together or feel that their kitchen and bedroom are already well-situated is to register with a company such as HoneyFund or Wanderable, which allows guests to purchase dining experiences, adventures and overnight stays that a couple hopes to enjoy over the course of their honeymoon.  We’ve also had some clients sign up with a company such as JustGive, which works like a registry to send funds to the philanthropic organization of their choice.

Your registry should be as unique as you are as a couple, so have some fun putting it together!

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