Post # 1
How early is too early to register? Our wedding is end of May 2011. I’m planning to register at maybe pottery barn… I’m sending out save the dates soon and want a registry to be available when those are out but I want things to still be available by the time they go to buy?
Post # 3
My answer to this would be “if you’re willing to maintain it” then go ahead. Also, talk to a clerk at the store you plan to register (seek out the most competant and knowledgable ones, which, unfortuantely are most often working during traditional buisness hours). The truth is things are going to come and go in the next 9 months-that’s a fact, but a lot of stores have “staples” that stick around for several years particularly things like china and flatware specifically designed for registries, but items that leave are frequently replaced by comparable items, so if you’re willing to keep an eye on your registry, and when it indicates that something has low avalibility or limited quantites take it off and replace it with something else, then you can register as early as you want. However, if you’re not willing to put the work in, wait until you begin to set shower dates. Personally, I would wait until after Christmas as merchandise changes drastically around the holiday season.
Post # 4
My wedding is May 21st. We’re planning on registering in October/November, because our parents like the idea of buying us Christmas gifts off the registry hahaha.
Post # 5
Personal experience: Darling Husband and I registered in December 2009/January 2010 for our July 2010 wedding because our Save-The-Date Cards were going out and we wanted it to be set up and available. By the time we sent out actual invitations in early May 2010, the vast majority of our BB&B registry was discontinued and a large handful of our Target registry items were as well. We basically had to redo our entire BB&B registry!
We had no holiday type items or anything on these registries. This was glasses, small appliances, bedding, bathroom set, etc – it was such a hassle having to redo everything. Plus – despite it all being available for months almost NOTHING was bought until a few weeks before the wedding.
All that said, my advice is to wait until a few weeks before your actual invites go out. No one will really be buying you anything before then and you minimize the amount of time stuff can be discontinued.
Post # 6
My Fiance and I went out and registered pretty early it was one of the first things we did just to get it out of the way lol. However we have kept up with it online, and haven’t had any issues with it. I think we went into the store in early May, to do start the registry, I’m glad we did it early because it took forever and I couldn’t even imagine finding the time right now to go in and do it with how busy things have been!
Post # 7
we are getting married in feburary and we are registering at the end of september. we would have done it in early october, but i am out of town for the first two weeks for work 🙂 our first shower is november 6th.
people don’t normally buy gifts after you send out the save the dates–they buy gifts when you have a shower planned. i would recommend registering about a month to 6 weeks before you shower, to make sure things are still in stock and you are sure what you want.
i suppose maybe if you’re having an engagement party after you send out the STD’s you might want to register for a few things, but i’m not sure how that works since we didn’t have one.
Post # 8
@blondeeebuckeye: No one got us anything for our engagement party (well – other than my newly married friend gifting me all of her wedding/bridal magazines!). I don’t think engagement parties typically involve gift-giving so the OP shouldn’t have to worry about that.
Post # 9
Within a month after registering at Macy’s and Target many of my registry items were discontinued. Gifts were only purchased after my shower invites were sent out (and even then, people tended to wait a week or two before the shower to even buy ANYTHING). I don’t think people tend to buy presents months and months in advance, but maybe I’m wrong.
Post # 10
oh we registerd a few weeks after getting engaged!!! It was so fun we went straight for it! I keep up with it because it was fun not because it was a chore. Nobody bought anything for months obvi but we updated it alot!
Post # 11
I registered in June (I think) at Macys because we wanted to get it out of the way and save the dates were going out. I check once in a blue moon and nothing from our registry has been discontinued yet.
Post # 12
@Mrs.KMM: thats what i thought too, but i’ve seen so many stories on the boards and on blogs about people receiving gifts like serving platters at engagement parties.
Post # 13
Our friends had us panicking since we didn’t register until 5 1/2 months out. As it turned out, I still had to do a heck of a lot of maintenance on those suckers and no one touched them for months! There were so many thing that would either sell out or be discontinued. It wasn’t until about 2 weeks before my bridal shower that people started using the registries. I would almost argue that that’s the date to go by, rather than the wedding date.