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Bridal Blog-Top 10 Bridal Registry Mistakes

July 23, 2014

1. Not registering

A registry truly makes the wedding (and gift-giving) process a breeze. Just ask these couples. Perhaps best of all, you can easily convey the items you truly need, preventing guests from guessing. In the end, it will save you time and a lot of extra hassle. 

2. Waiting too long to set upWe recommend getting started anywhere between 4-6 months ahead of your wedding. A rushed registry won't allow you to make any adjustments along the way. A last-minute registry also won't be a true reflection of you two as a couple and the items you could use most. 

3. Entering the wrong amount of itemsBy adding too few gifts, items will go quickly, leaving a guessing game for the rest of your guests. With too many gifts, you may not get the items you really coveted. Start somewhere in the middle and then make modifications when needed. 

4. Not balancing the budget. By featuring too many expensive gifts, most gift givers may not be able to contribute to your registry. Round things out by selecting a range of prices suitable for all budgets. For instance, a mixture of $25, $50, and $100 gifts should certainly be inclusive of all of your guests. However, if 95 percent of your selections are $500 or more, you may very well be excluding them. 

5. Not trusting your gutAdd items and experiences that you truly desire, not items you've been told you need. For example, don't let a fancy magazine convince you that you need expensive china if you've never used it before and don't intend to. Always dreamed of taking gourmet-cooking classes? Then add it to your registry instead. 

6. Not compromisingMake sure that you both have a say when it comes to selecting registry items. Listen to each other so there are zero regrets. Also, think about all of the experiences and things that both of you could really use as you start your new life together. 

7. Keeping track of giftsKeep track of every gift you receive, the sender, and when you received them. It will help you remember what was given when you reference the gift in your thank you card. 

8. Not making your registry stand outIt really pays off to be engaging and creative, so make your registry a true reflection of you! By adding awesome images, templates, and detailed descriptions, it will resonate a whole lot more with friends and family. 

9. Not dreaming bigIt's perfectly acceptable to go big on a few registry items. Don't underestimate your friends and family members. Who knows, maybe a bunch of friends will contribute towards one of your ultimate items. However, like we advised earlier, it's important to keep those reach items to a minimum. 

10. Not writing a thank you note promptlyIt's wedding etiquette 101. However, we've seen plenty of couples send thank you notes one year after the wedding and some never at all. Make sure that your thank you cards go out as soon as possible. As a rule of thumb, don't take longer than three months after the wedding date. 

If you have any questions about registering at Radcliffe Jewelers or to schedule an appointment please contact Tiffany at tiffanya@radcliffejewelers.com.

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