It’s more than just your ultimate shopping extravaganza, setting up a gift registry is an effective way to let guests know which items you want to start your life together. A registry keeps track of who bought what and reduces the chance of receiving duplicate presents. Its always a good idea to keep a registry as guests who are looking to buy you a wedding present find such guidance very helpful.
Its advisable to register at least three months before the wedding date. Some couples choose to register at the time of engagement. Don't feel pressured to make all of your choices at once; you can always go back and fill in or edit your list later. While it's possible these days to set up a registry and pick out items entirely online, you should visit a brick and mortar store to take a look at everything in person. Register for a wide range of gifts at different price points as people prefer choosing from a large selection. Say, for e.g. gifts upto Rs. 1,000, between Rs, 1,000 – Rs. 5,000, between Rs. 5,000 – Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 10,000 onwards.
Stick to one store or at max two, since managing multiple registries can be tedious when you're planning a gamut of your wedding details. If a favorite shop of yours doesn't have an existing registry program, see whether you can have something set up for you. Some store owners will work with you on a case-by-case basis.
For couples who are a bit off- beat, it is perfectly reasonable to request nontraditional items, like honeymoon registries (where guests can pay for your meal in bed, massage sessions, sightseeing tours while you are in Hawaii) or festival registries (where you go and experience a music and arts festival. Think! Tomorrowland (Belgium), Coachella (U.S.A) or Glastonbury (England).
Now, this concept is still in its nascent stage in India, so how do you bring it out to your guests? Your best bet are your family members and close friends to spread the word. That said, it is not in any way impolite to include these details on your wedding stationery (such as ‘save the date’ or invitation card or the URL of your wedding website). And if people ask you directly where you're registered, feel free to tell them.
For your Wedding, Dating & Other events, we have listed out a few gift registry websites that to get you started. Happy gifting!
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