By Marion Blount of Open Door Shop
As a co-owner of a home decor and wedding registry boutique, Open Door Shop, I am frequently asked questions about the registry process. Some are easy to answer and some questions throw me for a loop. Here are the most frequently asked questions compiled together to help you navigate the wedding registry process.
When should we register?
Since the length of time for engagements seems to vary it is a good rule of thumb to always register before the save the dates are sent out. You should also make sure you are registered prior to your first engagement party or shower.
How do friends and family find out where we are registered?
I am such a fan of wedding websites. They are an easy way to connect people to your online registries. If you are having a shower, include the name of the places you are registered on the back of the invite. It makes it easier for the invitees to buy you a gift that you will love.
Where do we register and how many registries do we create?
I always tell clients to register at one “Big Box” store (Williams Sonoma, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pottery Barn, etc). The big chain stores are great for the basics like a blender, measuring cups, towels, etc.. Then register at two smaller boutiques (like www.opendoorshop.com). You want to register at smaller shops for fine china, pottery, funky barware and even glassware. Think of the smaller registry shops as your chance to personalize.
How many glasses should we register for?
I will never forget when I was engaged, an owner of a shop telling me that I didn’t need to register for 12 coffee mugs. I insisted on the twelve mugs. You know what? I have actually used all 12 mugs. Basically, when deciding on the quantity of plates, forks, mugs or anything else on your registry, you need to think about the way you live and entertain. We host family A LOT and that means that everyone drinks coffee in the morning. Sometimes a few mugs are already in the dishwasher from the day before and before you know it, you are setting out the last of the mugs for in laws.
How quickly should we write a thank you note?
You might not like what I am going to say, but I think you should write a note ASAP. The frequency of online registries in this day and age often leaves the sender anxious to know if you received the gift. I can’t tell you the number of times, we get a phone call from a customer asking if the bride has received the gift. I hate having to break the news to the customer that; “Yes, she actually received it three months ago.”
I hope this list of FAQs helps you navigate the registry process. Remember, think about your lifestyle when choosing items and most importantly, have fun registering together!
All photos by Anne Rhett Photography
We launched Open Door Shop a little over two years ago with the vision of giving couples the ability to register for table decor that represents their personality, the way they entertain and personal interests. We are passionate about entertaining and want every couple to sense that enthusiasm.
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