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There are not many moments in our lives when we can carefully pick out and curate the items we'd like people to buy us for gifts. Usually, we drop subtle hints or just cross our fingers that our friends and family members will pick out something on our mental wish list or that suits our needs and personality.
But when it comes to your wedding, you're basically allowed to ask for anything and everything that you'd like your guests to buy you as a celebratory gift (within reason, of course). Wedding gifts are bought as a way for your guests to say 'here is a little something that will help you start your life off with your soul mate'.
While there are traditional gifts, like kitchen appliances or items for the house, couples can truly register for anything they want, even honeymoon funds and excursions or experiences like cooking classes and the cheese of the month club.
That's why after you get engaged, you may find yourself rushing to head on over to the stores of your choice and set up your registry. And, well, you'd be right. The perfect time to register for wedding gifts is basically as soon as the just-engaged dust settles. You want to do it before you send out your save the dates and, if you're really on top of it, even before you send out invitations to your engagement party. Why so early? Some guests would prefer to buy you engagement gifts straight off your registry, to make sure it's something you'll love.
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So make your wedding registry a priority on your wedding to-do list for the first month or two after you are engaged. To get prepared for this, do some research ahead of time so that you can flesh out your registry with many different gift options that fit all different price ranges and are available both online and at local stores — in case your guests want to swing by and check out the present before purchasing it for you. And in case you're worried about adding something to your registry that you'll regret or not need later on, don't fret — most registry websites allow you to drag, drop, alter, and edit your registry to your heart's content at any point in time.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.