(Closed) How early can you register?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve heard different things. I think I read somewhere that you can register as soon as you announce your engagement, because some people will want to buy you presents right away. Other places I’ve seen say like, 8 months out. I definitely want to go now, though! Haha.

We’re registering at Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, and possibly Anthropologie for home/kitchen stuff.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We registered when we announced our engagement (February 2009, getting married October 2010).  So far, the only people who have bought us gifts from the registry have been my mom and stepdad, but we have received other engagement gifts not on the registry.

We’re registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, William Sonoma, and I set up a Honeymoon Fund at Smartypig.com

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think as long as you know your date then I think you can register whenever. Registering is fun but we didn’t register anywhere since we’re doing a potluck reception and we just couldn’t think of anything we needed. We’ve lived together for 4 years so it’s not like we need a lot of home-y stuff. But I bet it’d be really fun to get the little scanner thingie and be like “I want that, and that, and that…”

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

One thing to be careful about when you register is whether things will be discontinued.  I’ve heard, for example, that you can register for blue Martha Stewart towels at Macys (as a generic and always-available example) but the EXACT towels you register for are discontinued every couple of months.  So maybe you can put some staples on your registry now, but wait to pick out china and silverware that might not be available in another year?

Post # 8
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Busy bee

i registered a week ago… (my wedding is january 2011!) but that’s because my fiances family is throwing us an engagement party in 2 weeks.  if you’re having something like that soon, go for it.  otherwise hold out.  we didn’t register for much, anyways, just a few things so those who wanted to give a gift would have some guidance.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We registered really early, almost as soon as we were engaged.  This was mostly because I was so excited to do some sort of planning, but was busy studying at the time.  We registered online, but didn’t tell anyone until we made our wedding website public.  The only downside is that some of the stuff we originally picked has now gone out of stock.  You will want to monitor the list for those items.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think if people are starting to ask where you are registered, it’s probably a good idea to start registering. Just make sure you keep an eye on your registries so you can watch for discontinued items and make changes.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

We registered at Macys and Bed Bath and Beyond. Two places were certainly enough for us. And as for how early to register…well first it depends on the store. Some have time limits. Like they will leave it open for one year. Ours leave them open till a little after the wedding. We registered 2.5 years before our wedding. And before any gasps come out…it was because we had out engagement party. Some might say registering for an engagement party is tacky but it did really help our guests. So if you have a party coming up feel free the register! And it definitely is a blast!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My mom has been getting requests from her friends & distant relatives already, wanting to know what our china pattern is, our silverware, our crystal… and the wedding’s not until July 2010!  We’ve registered at Macys and C&B for some items (like the mixer I’ve always wanted…), but haven’t made a decision on that breakable expensive stuff yet… mainly because I’m not sure I trust myself to drink/eat from such fragile stuff! (I’m kind of a klutz…) Plus, the more I think about it, the more it becomes a huge decision (when logically, I know it’s really not…)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We registered shortly after we got engaged. We weren’t going to so soon, but our families were strongly hinting that they wanted to buy us gifts for our apartment, and asked that we do it before the engagement party they were throwing us. Our engagement party was last Labor Day weekend, and we registered at C&B, Target, BBB and Anthropologie a few weeks before. Our wedding is 9-26-09.

I say just go register whenever you feel like it 🙂 Unless you get pressure from your families. We got some lovely china place settings from our immediate families, so hey, if they hint around, just go ahead and do it 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh my gosh, I didn’t know you were supposed to do it so far ahead of time!  I got engaged in April and are getting married in July of 2010, and I thought due to store inventories changing, that you should wait until 2 or 3 months out.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

We registered a year out and we changed the registery about 8 times.  The only thing about registering early is that a lot of the things on you registry can sell out or be discountinued because they are seasonal.

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