The big day is coming, and it’s time to get busy and register for your gifts. Here are some tips and basics for setting up your wedding registry.

How to Start

Before we dive into tips on how to make registering a successful endeavor, we need to start from the beginning. First, how do you create a wedding registry? A registry is a wedding gift list that offers your guests an easy way to know what to give you. To get you started, research your favorite stores to determine if they carry your style preference. Then establish what items you need and want. If you need more guidance, Wedding Wire has provided a helpful article to get you started.

When to Register

Registering should come soon after your engagement – etiquette says two to three weeks! This is because registries don’t only apply to your wedding day. Registries will be helpful for engagement presents and wedding showers. If you can’t get your registering done early, make sure to register before sending out wedding invitations. However … don’t rush! By rushing to register, you may regret your choices later. You can always add to your gift registry later, so when you start the registry process, take your time.


  • Picking Your Gifts: If you need help establishing what items you need and want, check out the interactive wedding registry checklist at The Knot.
  • Think Outside the Box: You don’t have to register for plates, blenders, and toasters … instead, think outside the box, and register for Amazon Prime subscriptions, a night at a hotel, concert tickets, etc. The options are endless!
  •  2-4 Registries: Registering at one store isn’t enough; however, don’t go overboard. Multiple registries will be a ton of management. Keeping it around 2 to 4 stores will provide your guests with a variety of options and will be easy to manage for you.
  • Online Registries: Today, shopping is online the majority of the time. An online registry will provide your guests with an easy gift-giving option. This also is helpful to out-of-town guests that may not have the same stores in their area.
  • Range of Price Points: Give your guest a variety of price points with the gifts you choose, range between high and low (such as $100 and up, and $50 and below).
  • Register for 2-3 Gifts per Guest: Give your guests multiple choices, and don’t worry, registering a lot of gifts doesn’t look selfish. Register more items than guests to account for not only wedding gifts, but shower and engagement party gifts.
  • Revise Your List: Once you are finished creating your list of registered gifts, print it out, and revise it. Look for mistakes, such as registering for 11 toasters.

How to Let Your Guests Know

It is not the proper etiquette to ask for wedding gifts, but there are simple ways to let your guests know where to find your registered gifts. You can set up a wedding website, use word of mouth, or you can list them on engagement and wedding shower invites since those are invitations that come from the person hosting the shower and not from the wedding couple.

I hope this helps get you started!