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Your Registry: What You Should and Should Not Add

Planning your wedding can be a chaotic time with a seemingly endless amount of items on your to-do list. After you’ve chosen the date, venue and narrowed down the guest list, it’s time to create your wedding registry. This will make it easier when you do create your wedding website and send out those invitations. While creating your registry can sound tedious, it’s actually an important step for you and your fiancé to begin planning your married life together. However, there are a few things that you should and shouldn’t be adding.

Should Add: Items for Both of You

Unlike most other occasions in our lives, the gifts given to us for our wedding are not solely for individual use. Eliminate any issues your future spouse may have with what you were gifted by registering together. Make sure to go into the creation of your registry with a plan of what you want and need for your home. Don’t be afraid to add larger items you can both enjoy like a mattress which can be sent to your home prior to your big day.

Shouldn’t Add: Only High or Low Ticket Items

Don’t let price deter you from adding an item to your registry. Some family members or certain friends may group together to buy you a higher priced item and want to add something small from just them, so having options for every price point is a good thing. Remember that nothing is too big or too small!

Should Add: A Cash Fund

There will be many people attending your wedding who opt to gift you money because of the convenience it provides for both the guest and you. To make things even more simple, add a cash fund to your registry. All you have to do is register and create a fund on a reputable website and you can put the money towards anything you’d like. This allows your guests to give their gift in advance of the wedding, that way they don’t need to remember to bring their gift and you won’t have to worry about getting the gift home at the end of the long event.

Shouldn’t Add: Items You Won’t Use

If you ask relatives and friends, you’re going to get all kinds of advice and opinions on what you should be including on your registry. There are certain items, mostly small kitchen appliances and accessories, that people will insist that you need just because they are traditionally put on wedding registries. If the items don’t fit your needs and/or wants, do not feel obligated to register for them, save that space for something you’ll love instead.

Should Add: Memory Makers

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life and something you’ll want to remember forever. As time goes on and memories get hazy, make sure you have ways to look back on good times. You’ll have all the photos that your amazing photographer took of your big day, make sure you have a place to store the photos that represents your day and you as a couple. Also consider registering for a professional camera to document your new married life from the very beginning. After all, it’ll be something you can reminisce about and show your grandkids.

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