Think you know everything there is to know when registering for your big day? Well think again: we’ve interviewed insiders at Macy's to get the real scoop on wedding registries to save you headache and heartbreak. So before you pick up that scanning gun and go wild, read these insider secrets and get the most out of your registry!
#1: Don’t follow the beaten path. All stores will suggest a checklist of items you should add to your registry but that DOES NOT MEAN you need everything on that list. Consider the amount of storage space you have at your place together, fun things you like to do, and what you like to cook before registering for every item on a generalized checklist.
#2. Help out your guests. Emily Post would balk at the idea of including registry details on your invitations, so consider create a wedding website with a page that links directly to your online registries instead. Email is also a great way to communicate registry details to guests, and with Macy’s registry sales email alerts, you can pass along useful information your guests will really appreciate.
#3. Go crazy! It is recommended to register for 25-50% more than your guest count, which may seem like a lot. But if a full social calendar of engagement parties and bridal showers is in your future, consider registering for even more items. On the flip side if you plan to ask guests to contribute to a honeymoon fund or to pool funds for a big-ticket item you can cut that items list down to meet your needs.
Extra Tips to Maintaining Your Sanity:
- Start early. Are you enjoying the bliss of new engagement? Sadly it is time to come back to earth and start your wedding plans now: including registering. Friends and family will want to buy engagement presents right away so get familiar with the insider tips of a wedding registry below and then start scanning ASAP!
- Know before you go. Wandering aimless through a store listlessly scanning everything in sight is the stuff of registry nightmares. Do your research before you go to avoid regret, frustration and tears. Macy’s Registry Guide is a great registry resource that will answer all your questions before you even set foot in a store.
- Expect to be treated like royalty! Macy’s offers a Registry Star Rewards program, fantastic deals for their completion programs, and free shipping. If your registry isn’t treating you this well, break it off before it’s too late!
- Dream Big. Looking to aim a little higher and register for big-ticket items? Macy’s Dream Fund allows for guests to easily contribute funds online to larger items such as furniture.
If these seven tips have got you itching to go grab that scanner gun, go arm yourself with knowledge and then scan away!