Post # 1
I need a little bit of advice. My wedding isn’t until January, 2014; however, I’ve read many “to do list” calendars, and many of them say to register 8-9 months before a wedding. The soonest that anybody would be buying us any gifts off of a registry would not even be until November, because that is when I am being thrown a bridal shower (luckily, it is also when FI and I are moving out together for the first time!).
My question is, why is it necessary to register so far in advanced when no one is going to even be looking at the registry until possibly October or November? Also, I would assume that some things that we may register for might not still be there (in stores) in 6-8 months. Is there a specific reason for doing it so far in advanced? When really is the best time? Thank you for any advice!!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t do it too early. We did ours pretty early (8 months out) because I wanted to be able to play with it and change things before people would start looking at it, and because I knew we wouldn’t have time later. Some of his famiyl members were asking about it, so we just went ahead.
Plus side: I can look at things together in the list online, I got the shopping part out of the way while I had time, and it’s kind of fun. Down side: some of things I picked have sold out. Its fine, but a little sad! Some of the things were items I totally would have bought myself if no one got them for us as gifts. I should have just done it! Oh well!
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@HLiska3: A week or two before your bridal shower invitations go out (if you’re having a bridal shower) IMO.
Post # 5
I’ve done all my registering online already. It was a lot more fun that I thought!
Post # 6
Registering was a big headache for us. It took us about 2 months to get our registries together, between going to the store, online, and updating both for no repeats. I would suggest sooner rather than later.
Post # 7
I would wait until there’s a gift giving occasion (e.g. shower) before registering. We didn’t want showers, so I waited until the invitations were on the way out the door.
I had friends that registered really early on and there were issues with items getting discontinued. One random item is fine but when you need a set of something (e.g. creamer + tea pot + tea cups + sugar bowl) and they’re all separate skus, then you run the risk of not having all of it available for purchase or worse, someone gets you one piece of the set and the rest get DC-ed before someone buys them. We registered about 2-3 months out (because of the invitations) and we still had a number of things get DC-ed, including wine glasses. They were not seasonal items (e.g. holiday) so it’s sort of the luck of the draw.
Post # 8
@HLiska3: Some people will want to send gifts early on, so I’d do it sooner rather than later. Certain products/patterns stop getting made, so in the beginning, register for stuff you know will be around for a long time. We used Amazon.com and have been very happy with it.
Post # 9
We registered very early, with my family and friends, its very common to give engagement gifts from the registry. We only give physical gifts for engagements and showers, not for the wedding.
Post # 10
I created a Bed Bath and Beyond Wishlist pretty early on, then shifted stuff over to a wedding registry when I sent out my save the dates. That gave me time to consider if I really wanted what I thought I did.
Post # 11
I registered about 7-8 months before my wedding. I’ve been registered since January bc older people kept asking.
Post # 12
It depends on when you send your Save the Dates imo. We had ours down WAY ahead of time, and right before we sent our Save the Dates (which linked guests to our web site and consequently our registry). By the time we went to send the Save the Dates many items we registered for were unavailable, or the newest version was about to be released and it was going out of stock. So we did an update real quick and then sent them out.
Items still may go out of stock between now and the wedding (which is 5-6 months away) but I’m not too worried even if that does happen.
Post # 13
One of ours has been done super early (wedding is still 13 months away). We registered for those who would have liked to purchase engagement gifts, and in addition BBB offers completion events between now and just after our wedding where we can purchase anything and get 20% off the purchase. We realized some things will be discontinued and we may have to fudge, but the biggest part has already been taken care of.
Post # 14
I would say you could safely do it less than 6 months out, and could probably push it to around 2-3 months out (when the invites go out and the bridal showers start happening). Whenever your website goes live and people are going to be going to it is a good time also.
Definitely have an idea of what you want to register for; pick out your patterns and pieces for dinnerware and flatware that you want.
Post # 15
We registered for ours 5-6 months before our wedding date. That gave almost 3 months prior to Bridal shower. We didnt’ want to register any earlier as some things/styles go in and out of stock with the seasons.
Post # 16
Thanks for all the replies!! The answers are widespread, so I guess it just depends on each couple and what works best for them.