Wedding Tips – How to Handle Registering and Receiving Wedding Gifts

Gift giving is a way for guests to celebrate your wedding and to help you stock your new home. Here’s what to keep in mind when making your bridal registry.

Consider Your Personal Style

No two couples are alike. Be sure that both of you decide upon the wedding registry. After all, the gifts are for both of you. To decide what you need, take inventory of the things you already have and see where the gaps are. Talk about the style of home you’d both like, and split up the final say (you could alternate items) to make it fair. (Maybe he gets to make final decisions on electronics, while you get to choose the kitchen stuff if you’re the chef.)

Make Sure You Hit All Price Range Points

As much as you may be hankering for that gorgeous $350-a-place-setting silver, be sure to register for items in a wide range of price points: under $50, under $75, under $100, under $200, and beyond, so all of your guests can choose gifts they can afford. You don’t want your college friend feeling overwhelmed by the fact that he can’t find a single gift; and on the opposite side, you don’t want your parents’ closest friends to have to buy you a multitude of smaller items to give you a generous gift. Do not feel shy about registering for those big ticket items however,.group gifting, so guest can contribute any amount they wish to those items that are a little more expensive than most is the new trend in registering…

Don’t: Register at Just One Location

Two to three is ideal. If possible, at least one of them should have a brick and mortar store in the areas where many of your guests’ live―just because you dig the convenience of the web doesn’t mean that Nana feels the same. Make sure to revisit your registry often (trust us, you’ll be visiting several times a day once the wedding day nears), and update it with additional selections as products are purchased so that guests always have a variety of things to choose from. Aim to have at least twice as many items on your list as guests at your wedding.

Think Gift Cards

Sure, some couples love receiving cash, but asking for it is not exactly Future Mr. and Mrs. Manners-approved. A more etiquette-friendly option? Try gift cards. Many stores allow you to register for them and you can use them to buy the things you want and need…later. If you are anxious for cash gifts, ask one or two close friends and immediate family members to politely spread the word.

Say Thank You Guests Before and After the Wedding

  • Before and During the Wedding – Remember to thank everyone for coming to the wedding, the rehearsal, the showers, and other events by saying it out loud as much as possible and by making your events the best your budget will allow. One way to make your events as good as they can be is to have an affordable mobile coffee and smoothie bar. Most everyone likes one or the other! It’s a very affordable way to make a smaller occasion for bigger and for your wedding to stand out! 
  • After You Receive a Gift – Be gracious — let your guests know their gifts have arrived — promptly. Thank You Notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent within two weeks of their arrival. Notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within a month of your return from the honeymoon. In all notes, be sure to mention the gift by name.

Please keep Valet Coffee in mind when you are planning your wedding events! Specialty coffees and smoothies are always a hit and appreciated by your guests.

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