Although this topic may seem trivial, I wish we would have had some advice on it. I think it would have saved us an argument in the middle of Bed, Bath, and Beyond. So today, I'm sharing what I learned during the process of registering for our wedding.
1. Register for what you actually need.
You know all those lists on Pinterest. You know what I'm talking about. The lists of "1,000 Must Haves for Your Wedding Registry". Don't follow them to a tee. If you don't like to cook, you probably don't need stainless steel kitchen utensils and a $300 Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer (although I truly love mine!). Think about you and your fiancé and what you will actually use.
2. Have a plan
It's important to discuss what the color scheme of your home or apartment prior to registering. Make sure you two are in agreement before you step foot into a store. It's really overwhelming to go pick out dishes and patterns if you don't have some sort of idea of what you're wanting.
Side Note: I picked colorful dishes for our kitchen. We recently moved into our first home after being married about a year and half. When we moved into our home, I completely changed our decor. All that being said, I really wish I would've gotten a nice set of clean, white dishes. They match everything and you just can't go wrong with them.
3. Register at more than one store.
We registered at both Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Each store has something different to offer. Dishes, sheets, comforters will vary so shop around and find what you like. I also price shopped too for the items I registered for. I noticed Target had better deals on the same brand kitchen utensils I could purchase at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It'll save your guests a little bit of money and who knows maybe you'll get more items off your list?
Side Note: If you register early on in your engagement, keep an eye on your registry online. A lot of decorative items at stores like Target may go out of stock by the time your showers and wedding arrive. Luckily, I noticed this was happening early on and was able to change around some of the decorative items on my registry.
4. Register for extra sets of linens.
If you do use the Pinterest wedding registry lists as guides, purchase more linens then what they may suggest. I seriously wish we would've purchased more then one sheet set per bed. After getting married, we bought a puppy. If he had an accident on our bed right before bedtime, we had to stick the sheets in the washer and wait to go to bed. It's just very convenient to have the extras. This is the same for towels, register for more then the Pinterest list suggests. You'll thank me later.
5. Don't wait until the after the wedding to write out all your thank you notes.
Learn from my mistakes. I did this and it was so overwhelming getting all those thank you notes written. Start writing those notes right after your showers, even if you just write five a night. It'll save you a lot of headache later if you stay on top of these.