It has been two years since I first wrote about wedding registries, and there are so many new sites and items out there, I thought it was time for an update. Whether you are just starting your household from scratch or you have been living together for a while, there are so many options these days, that just deciding on a registry can be stressful in itself. I hope this blog helps you narrow down some of your ideas or gives you some new ones to think about.
If you need the basics
Traditional registries are always necessary, especially if you two are just starting out. You have a new life in a new place and you are going to need a lot of stuff. Register at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target to get all of your basics. Don’t get seduced by items that you probably won’t use that often and stick to those items that fit into your everyday life.
If you want to spruce up your living space
Pre-engagement, you both have established households and after you have combined all of your belongings, you have most or all of the basic day-to-day items. This is a great time to think about adding some things that reflect and accent your new life together.
I think Wayfair or Overstock are great sites that offer a large variety of decor, furniture, and gadgets to add to your new home. From lighting, to outdoor furniture, appliances and pet products, these sites have it all. They also offer the basics for bed, bath and kitchen, so you can add a variety of items to your wish list.
If you don’t have a lot of free time
You are a busy couple with a hectic schedule or maybe neither of you knows how to cook that well yet, I love the idea of subscription meal plans. Not only will you save time shopping, you will also learn the basics of cooking different meals and how to use different spices effectively.
Hello Fresh and Blue Apron offer meal plans for two starting under $10.00 per meal and they also have a wine plan that will pair a bottle of wine with your selected meal. If you are a vegetarian, Hello Fresh has a plan option for you. To save even more money on your meal plan subscription, CreditCards.com has some suggestions on how to take full advantage of your credit card’s rewards system.
If you are (or want to be) a Oenophile or Zythophile
I am still a fan of wine subscriptions for those who are overwhelmed by all of the choices of wine out there. One wine club called Winc walks you through a questionnaire to pair you with wines that you will like. You can choose all red, all white or a mix of the two. Bottles start at $13.00 each, but shipping is free.
However, if beer is your thing, then I still like the idea of the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club where you can choose between five different plans. Some plans include international beers for a worldly experience.
Both clubs are a perfect way for you to experiment with different varieties that you many be intimated to try on your own.
If your honeymoon fund is meh
I reviewed three honeymoon registries in 2016, and now I am going to settle on one I really like: Honeyfund. It is simple, has a clean design and allows your guests to give money towards a specific travel item, such as airfare or a special excursion. There are fees for receiving cash online, but there are also zero fee options too.
Include a picture of the location visited with the thank you note to the person who gifted that item to you and you will be a thank-you star. Also, don’t be upset if you don’t get a lot of action on your fund. There are a lot of people who would rather give you a check or cash, so you can avoid the fees.
No matter where you register, remember you shouldn’t put the registry website on your actual wedding invitation. The best way to let guests know where to shop is to include an information card in your invitation suite directing them to your wedding website.
Need a variety of stuff? It is fine to register for more than one place, but keep it to a maximum of three. Also, try to include gifts of all price ranges so that everyone has a chance to give something, no matter what their financial situation may be.
Have fun, and remember you only need to include things you really need or want. And don’t let anyone talk you into an item you know you will never use.