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January 16, 2018
When I put together our wedding registry a few short years ago, I was overwhelmed. Living in a dorm I had no clue what my soon-to-be husband and I would want or need beginning our lives together. Being a planner and liking to have all my ducks in a row (it’s a blessing and a curse), I put together our registry waaaaay early because I wanted to make sure it was right before the showers my family threw for me. Target, Kohls, and Bed Bath & Beyond obviously have their motives to sell anything and everything. The way that each person works in their own home is so unique, so something that might be a “must have” for one person might be a “dust collector” to another, which is why it is important to be strategic about what you add to your wedding registry. I’ve come up with 3 things that I think are the best practices to simplify your wedding registry so you and your soon-to-be husband can have a fresh start as a newly married couple!
Be intentional about what you register for.
I read the book, A Simplified Life by Emily Ley (seriously a must read for any woman!) in November and of my favorite things that she says resonates with me so much. She writes that you should only keep what is treasured, favorite, or necessary. For your wedding registry, be intentional about only registering for things that are your absolute favorite (although not everything can be your favorite! 😉 ) or necessary (something you actually need to function properly). You more than likely won’t purchase any “treasured” items, those things will be things like heirlooms or something that has an emotional significant to you. Each item in your registry should have a real, logistical purpose other than cluttering up space! So many items that claim to make our lives simpler and easier do the complete opposite instead. Do you really think you’ll use that panini press that you wanted so badly when you registered, or will it end up covered in dust and cluttering up space in the cabinet that you never use a few years later?
Choose items that are high quality and will be timeless.
Have you ever heard a woman wish that they got another wedding shower after making it to 35 years of marriage? I’ve been to countless showers and parties, and I don’t think that I’ve been to one where this hasn’t been mentioned at least once! So instead of choosing items that will be able to be with you for the long haul. Choose brands and materials that are durable, have great customer service, and are easy to use. Personally, I chose the Kitchenaid brand for my small appliances because they had great customer reviews and I liked their satisfaction guarantee and the fact that they will work with you to fix whatever Kitchenaid appliance is broken or malfunctioning outside of normal wear and tear.
Think realistically about the way that you’ll use each item you register for.
As I added, deleted, readded, and edited each item in my registry I tried to think through realistically how I was going to use each item and how that item would impact my life. How is a person supposed to make a decision on cutlery, flatware, plates, or glassware when there are SO many options? And exactly how many bath towels does a person need in their linen closet?! Instead of adding an over abundance of everything simply to make sure that you have all of your bases covered, think about how you realistically use your everyday items so that you don’t start off your marriage in a cluttered home with items you really didn’t need in the first place.
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