Vicki Lang, Crate & Barrel

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One of the most important tasks on your wedding to-do list is to register for gifts. Your guests are going to want to get you and your fiance household items that you both want and need, so it's important to really think about which items you use every day as well as which items will fit in with your entertaining style. We spoke with Vicki Lang at Crate &Barrel for her top tips and when to register and what to register for. Here's what she had to say: — Anne Chertoff

How soon after a couple gets engaged should they register?

We recommend registering 4-6 months after a couple gets engaged. Once a couple has registered they should check back in about once a month to make sure there are plenty of items for guests to choose from for the bridal shower and wedding gifts. Also, many stores introduce new merchandise on a monthly basis so it's great to check back often for new products. We also suggest couples consider registering soon after their engagement especially if they are planning on having an engagement party.

What's the best way to determine what you need?

Survey your existing home/homes—then use a checklist . Even if you already own a product like a coffeemaker, for example—think about taking this opportunity to...

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