Registering for Housewarming Wedding Reception

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think that you can register and give the info to people who ask. Leave it off invitations (that is standard etiquette) and since you won’t have a website you won’t list it there. However, your family may (and probably will) ask if you have registered and this will give them a nice list to go off of.

Post # 4
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2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@Aamitchell51:  I think the question here is why you are having a small destination wedding as well as a big 150 person reception.  That seems like double dipping to me.  I know others may disagree.  I think it’s fine if you want to register for your wedding,  but you can’t host a housewarming party in connection with your wedding.  Housewarming parties,  by the way,  are for new homes and are not gift-giving occasions.  The goal is to warm your home with the presence and laughter of friends. 

Post # 5
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965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@gingerkitten:  I have only been to 2 housewarming parties, but everyone brought a gift. They didn’t register, so it was a lot of wine, welcome mats, picture frames and such.

Post # 6
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2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@thenewmrsmax:  Yes,  it’s fairly common to bring a gift for the hostess to any party, such as wine.  People are allowed to give gifts whenever they please.  The problem comes in when a couple registers for a housewarming party,  because traditionally,  gifts are not expected in this situation.  Many people do bring something to grace the new home,  but registering implies a sense of obligation (and the registry is likely laden with items more expensive than a bottle of wine or a picture frame).

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