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Bride Holding a Purple GiftThe tradition of registering for gifts before a wedding is one many couples still follow. In fact, the internet has made it easier than ever. You never need to set foot in an actual store and have the luxury of adding and removing items from the convenience of your phone, tablet, or computer. Still, there are countless snags you can hit along the way. In order to avoid these major mistakes, consider these common obstacles.

Making the Decision 

There are endless options presented to you on the road to your wedding. From selecting vendors to picking out the perfect invitation stationery, plenty of these decisions are time-sensitive, and waiting too long can cause you to miss your first choice. Creating a registry might not seem like something you need to tackle right away, but dragging your feet will prevent you from seeing the best results. Guests need time to shop for gifts. If you wait too long to post your wish list, it stands to reason people may have already purchased their presents.

If you plan on having an engagement party or any other preliminary gatherings, wedding experts advise creating the registry before any of these dates. Not only does this make it easier for guests to find the perfect presents for all upcoming events, it also increases the odds of receiving a good chunk of the items you’ve placed on your wish list.  

Assessing Current Possessions 

Do you ever look around your home and feel like you have way too much stuff? Most people accrue items over the years and forget where half of it comes from. It should be no surprise that one of the easiest mistakes you can make with a registry is adding an item you already own to the list. This happens a lot more than you might realize. Thankfully, it isn’t a tough problem to solve. Before creating a registry, take a sweep through your apartment with your partner and assess what you already own. This small step can go a long way to providing insight into what you have and, more importantly, what your home could use. Plus, it can be a nice push to get rid of the junk in your house you no longer need.

Forgetting To Have Fun

Some couples feel weird asking for specific gifts from family and friends. This leads them to create registries containing only essential items like kitchen appliances or new flatware sets. To truly take advantage of a registry, you need to have fun with the process. Add items that you would never buy for yourself and have always wanted to own. Find the idea of making seltzer at home appealing? Put a soda stream on your registry. Enjoy some aromatherapy now and then? Ask for that expensive diffuser you’ve seen online. You won’t get everything, but you’ll have fun making the list.

Not Reading the Details

Though you might have your eye on a specific store for your registry, you need to think twice before committing to a particular place. Some stores will not allow for exchanges or returns, meaning you could get saddled with a ton of gifts you don’t love as much as you thought you would when registering. Before finalizing any registry list, be sure to look over the fine print on the agreement with the retail establishment. Conversely, looking closely at the details can help you discover incentives, discounts, and other perks of registering through this specific business. 

The idea of registering for gifts can seem strange to some, but it is a tradition that has existed for many decades now. As long as you give yourself time with this task, you’ll be able to put together a wish list that contains items that are as fun as they are practical. 

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