Wedding registries have been around for many, many years. In fact, the first practice of a bridal gift registry dates all the way back to 1924 and the Marshall Field department store in Chicago. However, times have changed and today, most wedding registries are set up online, through e-commerce platforms, that are then shared via the Internet with all family and friends, as well as all other guests. Although this may sound a little cold and not in theme with the warmth and familiarity of a wedding event, setting up a registry has many benefits, not just for the bride and groom, but for guests as well. Below, you’ll be able to read about some of the main reasons why you should seriously consider setting up an online registry if your big day is approaching.
Get the presents you want
This may sound selfish, but the truth is that this is your wedding and your start of a life together, so you deserve to get what you want. Guests have to bring gifts to the wedding anyway, so while they’re shopping for one, why not choose something that you really like and something you would enjoy? After all, a bridal gift registry is quite extensive, in fact it can encompass all the items you want, so it’s not like you are limiting anyone’s options. It’s just a very effective way to receive the gist you want and like at your wedding.
Help guests with their shopping
The truth is most people have a very hard time buying a gift for a wedding. Even if you know the couple well, even if they are your best friends, when you set up shopping for a wedding gift for them, it turns out that nothing seems good enough or appropriate or special enough. If you don’t know the couple all that well, then choosing a gift becomes even more difficult, so having a registry that gives you an idea where to start is extremely helpful.
Avoid duplicate gifts
The great thing about a bridal gift registry, apart from the fact it guarantees you getting the gifts you want, is that it is updated after each purchase. To that effect, when one of your guests buys something from the registry, the item is shown as already bought, so following shoppers won’t get you the same thing. This way, you can make sure you won’t end up with 2, 3 or even more items of the same product, which can very easily happen at a wedding.
Steer away from traditional gifts
When people think about buying a wedding gift, they immediately go to house gifts, such as tableware or kitchen appliances and so on. Well, if you have your house all sorted and you don’t need another set of salt and pepper shakers, then a gift registry will help you steer your guests away from traditional gift ideas and set them on the right course. Maybe your friends would have never thought of buying you wall prints as a wedding gift, but once these are in the registry, they’re all out for grabs.