Do We Have to Add More Gifts to Our Wedding Registry if Every Item Has Been Bought?

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do you add more gifts to registry if everything has been bought

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While it's not always barrels of fun, putting together a wedding registry is a great way to prepare for the life you and your fiancé have ahead of you, as well as to help your guests buy wedding gifts that you'll really love and use. But what happens if you didn't register for quite enough items, and everything on your wedding registry is purchased before all of your guests can pick something out? Here's some advice from our experts about adding additional items to your wedding registry as the big day approaches.

You spent a lot of time thinking about and strategizing your wedding registry, choosing sites and stores that fit your lifestyle and needs, touching china patterns and holding forks, and quizzing the salesperson at the kitchen store to figure out whether you want aluminum or steel pots and pans. And while it seemed like there was enough on your registry for every guest to pick something out, a few people were more generous than you'd expected (or maybe you miscounted...!) and there's nothing left. Now what?

The first thing to do is take stock of your registry again. Now that you've left it alone for a few months, are there things you really wish you'd added? Maybe it's a set of nesting mixing bowls you forgot to include, or you recently discovered a passion for Moscow Mules that requires copper mule mugs. Add those items that you'd seriously considered but weren't totally sure you needed — worst case scenario, they don't fit in your cabinets and you return them!

Avoid adding splurge items that would just be nice to have, and opt for more affordable items instead. You don't want your college roommate to be stuck choosing between a Nespresso machine and a fancy food processor!

See more: How to Let Your Guests Know About Your Wedding Registry

And of course, try to avoid this in the first place. While it might be a better deal to purchase a set of eight plates instead of buying them individually, that means there's one gift on your registry instead of eight — and a set of eight plates probably costs more than two.

So while registering for your pots and pans as a boxed set might make more financial sense to you, it also means you're registering for one gift instead of six or seven — and that box set could still be pretty pricey compared to the cost of one or two pans. Instead of opting for the set, register for the pots and pans as open stock, then after the wedding you can either keep the individually purchased pieces or return them to the store and exchange the value for the full set you'd originally had your eye on, leaving you with a gift card or store credit. This works great if you didn't receive every single piece, too — the value of five of the seven pans you love, purchased individually, may add up to more than it would cost to buy the boxed set, so you can trade them in for the full package without spending a dime.

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