Stick to the List!

I recently went to a bridal shower and it got me thinking about giving. We’re getting close now- the holiday season will be among us soon- so even if you’re not involved in bridal showers, we will all be giving something in some way, soon.

A couple of things I noted…

Did they give you a list? Is there a registry? If so, stick to it!

Every person has different taste. I’m not even fond of buying my closest friends and family household decor or clothing because I get nervous in the last second that they won’t like one small detail about the item I bought, and then what are they to do? Some may say gift registries are tacky, but really, what better way to get the best bang for your buck?

I have heard about some couples feeling awkward registering for gifts. Is this you?

Yes, it sure does cut to the point… Yes, you might feel weird sending an “I want this, I want that” kind of message out to friends and family, but can you imagine having ten different styles of dinner plates in your cupboard? Friends and family are going to buy you something anyway. A wedding is a point in life that signifies a new beginning. Those who love and support you want to help you out. They want to send you in to marriage happy. So let them.

 And if you don’t register, or give any indication to what your style is, you are left accommodating everyone else’s taste in your own house. Good luck with that.

The only exception I will give on this subject is, if you have a family heirloom you want to pass down to the bride-to-be. That, my friends, is a different story because in this situation, we are talking about a sentimental gift. Okay, sentimental gifts in general are the only exception.

 Here’s a few links to helpful registry websites:

 http://wedding.theknot.com/online-wedding-registry/wedding-registry-checklist.aspx

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-registry/articles/registry-checklist.html

http://www.ourweddingday.com/advice/wedding-gift-registry/bridal-registry-checklist/925.aspx