How to Enjoy Creating Your Wedding Registry

This will be a quick post because registering for your wedding isn't rocket science. When you enter any home store (Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, etc), they will have ample information for you to make educated choices. I'm here to talk about actually enjoying the activity of registering.

When Cal and I made ours, we didn't start off on the right foot. It wasn't the best day for either of us to be choosing items that would forever grace our home. I was coming from work, still in my tacky khaki uniform, and he was not in the best of moods after a long day of teaching middle schoolers. If I could go back and redo only ONE thing about my wedding planning process, it would be registering. So, with that in mind, here are a few tips!

  1. Make a PLAN to register. It's not something you should do on a whim. Both you and your fiance need to be aware of the mental, emotional, and time commitment. Being in any store for more than 30 minutes can be a lot for anyone, but especially those of us who don't particularly enjoy shopping. Plus, you are picking things that you'll use for YEARS...maybe even your lifetime. Go in knowing it will take a while and have fun with it.
  2. Allow both of you to contribute. Brides, this isn't just YOUR stuff, it's YOUR stuff and HIS stuff. People from both sides of your lives will be giving you these items. Some of your man's family members will want to pick things that remind them of him. Does your fiance love cooking? Or grilling? Perhaps you could let him pick out specific kitchen tools he'll get excited about using. Are you more in tune with the thread count of your sheets? Take that and run with it. But remember, the act of building your registry is a picture of how you will make other decisions in your marriage.
  3. EAT BEFORE YOU GO! This relates to #1, but seriously, this could take a while. You may even hit up multiple stores. No one likes shopping (scanning) on an empty stomach. If you're anything like me when I'm hungry, you'd be willing to abandon the best sale in the universe for a trip to the food court.
  4. Stay off your phone when you register. (This one is from my dear husband!) You get married once, right? You register once. This may be your ONLY time to ever create your dream list of household items. Pay attention to one another. Consider it a pre-wedding date and soak it all up.

From someone who wishes she could do this part all over again, don't let your registering experience go to waste! Oh, and don't forget to add some fun, random things. Those are always a good laugh at bridal showers.