When are we supposed to set up a registry???

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How soon do YOU think you should set up a registry for your wedding??
    As soon as you have a date and theme : (3 votes)
    11 %
    1 yr to date (if engagement less than 1 year see above option) : (2 votes)
    7 %
    8-10 months before : (2 votes)
    7 %
    6-8 months before : (6 votes)
    21 %
    4-6 months before : (11 votes)
    39 %
    2-4 months ahead : (3 votes)
    11 %
    1-2 months before wedding date : (0 votes)
    Other opinion : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Register a couple weeks before shower invites go out. 

    Post # 4
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    We registered a bit early (about four months out) but H had a job that took him away for two weeks at a time and we were in the middle of an out of state move. You don’t want to do it too early because of the risk of items being discontinued.

    Post # 5
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Hmmm.  We had a 9 month engagement.

    May – engaged

    July – registered

    October – Shower

    February – Wedding

    I actually think it’s never too early to register once you are engaged and it’s actually beneficial to be registered before a holiday season or birthdays pop up because people give you lots of things off of your registry for Christmas!

    Post # 6
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    You also don’t have to register at all…

    Post # 7
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We started around the 9 month mark (we will have a 21 month engagement), but we still haven’t finished…my shower isn’t until late July there’s still time, but at this point I just want to get it done so it’s one less thing to worry about! 

    Post # 8
    759 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I think we registered about a year before the wedding. FI isn’t much of a shopper so I wanted to get it over and done with before it got too difficult to get him to come with me. As it turns out, he ended up being sent on a job tha took him out of town 5 days a week shortly after that, and he often works for himself on weekends, so I’m glad we registered when we did.

    Post # 11
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t think we registered until maybe a month before the shower. Stuff gets changed and discontinued so much at the stores, I can’t imagine doing it a year in advance.

    Post # 12
    179 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    FYI:  Macy’s having a special give-away right now – Scan for Cash (?) I think how it works is that you scan goods for your registry and there are random items (or scans) for instant cash from $100. to $1,000. per item I’m not sure if you get the acutual cash or it’s a cash gift to use in store…   Worth a try!

    kansas_nurseRegistry makes it easier for guests  (even if they don’t purchase from that particular store) they get a sense of what you like and need from what’s on your list.  Good rule of thumb is to register at least a month prior  to having a formal Engagement Party (announcement) or Bridal Shower. 


    Post # 13
    299 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We registered about a year before the wedding. The only real reason we did it that early was because I was desperately trying to check things off my to-do list  and that was an easy one. I think you only really need to register a week or few weeks before the shower invites are sent. 

    Post # 14
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I registered pretty soon after getting engaged- we literally had relatives asking where we were engaged the week after the proposal!

    I didn’t really have issues with items being discontinued, and I checked my registry maybe once a month until invitations went out for ther shower (more often now). 

    You should register now- I was surprised by how early some people bought gifts for us. 

    Post # 15
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We started receiving gifts at 7 months out. Luckily, I’d registered almost a year out. Doing that also gives you time to rethink minor things or time to think through major things. Like china or not.

    I completely changed the type of pots/pans we want and their price range, etc. there are a lot of decisions that go into a well thought out registry and it was nice to have many done when it was too early to focus on other things. That left me time to really plod through others (I’m a big cook and putting pricey items in the registry makes sense but I needed some time for me to warm up to that idea and make sure we’d like and use everything on there). Deciding on pot/pan material and then brand took a good while to make sure we won’t regret any decisions and have good mix of lower and higher priced items. 

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