It’s probably no surprise to learn that the holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged—second only to Valentine’s Day. If you put a ring on it during the last few weeks of 2023, you’ll be starting the new year in wedding planning mode, and that means creating a registry to let friends and family fete this big life milestone. If this thought makes you feel instantly overwhelmed, don’t worry—the process of building a registry doesn’t have to be complicated. With help from Amazon Wedding Registry, you’ll be registered in no time.
Here are four things to consider as you start your wedding registry.
Once upon a time you had to make an in-store appointment to create your registry, and then your guests had to go into the store, ask to see your list and select a gift from the items no one had purchased yet. There’s no need for all that now. With Amazon Wedding Registry, you can easily make all of your gift picks from the comfort of home (where you can debate china patterns in private, in your pyjamas if you like). It’s easier for your guests, too; with just a few clicks, your gift will be en route. This is especially helpful for people who can’t make it to your engagement party, bridal shower or wedding—they can select a present and have it shipped fast and free right to your door. “We had quite a few loved ones overseas who couldn’t come to our wedding but wanted to send a gift,” says Sarah Millette, who got married last June. “Because of this, it made the most sense for us to register online, to make things easy on everyone.”
It’s tempting to put off creating a registry until closer to your event dates, but then you may find yourself panic-registering amid too many other wedding to-dos. Soon after getting engaged, spend a few minutes setting up your Amazon Wedding Registry and selecting items you really need (or love!) as you go. “I kept a list in my phone as my husband, Mike, and I thought of items we could add, but I definitely walked through the house room by room on multiple occasions as I tried to think of ideas,” says Kailee Rembosz, who got married this past September. “We also used our registry as an opportunity to upgrade a few things we already had to nicer or more keepsake-type options.” If you add a couple of items every few days, you’ll find you’ve populated your list in no time. You can then review closer to your shower or wedding date and make any adjustments as needed.
Giving friends and family gift options in a range of price points means there will be something for every budget. “It was very important to me that we included a wide range of price points so no one felt like an expensive gift was necessary,” says Rembosz. “Our range went from a cocktail muddler for $8.99 to a ceiling fan for $235.” Not sure how to map out price points? Amazon Wedding Registry’s Gift Advisor can help you determine the number of items to register for in different price brackets, depending on your guest count.
When you think of a wedding registry, your mind probably automatically goes to housewares, but many couples add unconventional items they’ll enjoy in other areas of their lives, too. Sporting equipment, items for pets, board games, subscription services and more are all great ideas for expanding beyond the home. Millette and her now-husband, Jay, registered for camping gear. “We love taking camping trips in the summer and fall, but our tent and a few other essentials weren’t in the best shape. A group of our friends ended up going in together on a whole camping-themed gift.” Amazon Wedding Registry has millions of items to choose from for every facet of life, so you have everything you need to create a registry as original as you are.
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