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Creating a wedding registry is one of the highlights of the wedding-planning process. (It's like shopping without having to pay for anything yourselves, right?!) But when is the right time to register for your gifts? Right after getting engaged? Before the engagement party? Fear not! Our wedding-etiquette experts are here to answer your registry questions in our daily post.
If you guys want to hit up stores like Target and Crate & Barrel the moment you get engaged (those scanner guns are majorly fun!), go for it; from the moment you announce that you are engaged, friends and family will want to send you gifts. Just remember that giving gifts, while certainly customary, is not mandatory for engagement parties. A wedding registry gives guests who would like to purchase a present for any pre-wedding parties—including engagement parties and bridal showers—some guidance as they are shopping. But just because you are registered at a couple of stores does not mean your guests must buy a gift from your registry; it simply gives them options. Another thing to note: Do not include registry information in your engagement-party invitation or in any other formal wedding stationery (like your save-the-date card) because this is considered bad etiquette. Instead, include registry links on your wedding website, if you choose to have one, or simply rely on word of mouth.