(Closed) When to Start Bridal Registry

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

Yeah, 6 months is complete bullshit. That’s WIC for ya. Stores run out of stuff ALL the time, change colors, etc. Don’t be badgered into anything less than like 3-4 months.

I started mine a year prior but I am CRAZY and loved researching every single product I put on there. Literally not one person has looked at my registry (on amazon.com, which is easy), and we are about 5 months away from my wedding!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I started mine over a year in advance just so I could get that “ooo registering is fun!” out of the way and I could weed those off the registry before anything was purchased. (eg. Formal China, I removed because I will never use it…. at least not for many years and who wants to store it for that long?)

It also made it easy when family wanted to buy me pressents for Christmas, they just looked at the registry 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Anise:  Haha I could see that happening easily 🙂 I probably purged at least half of my registry when I came to my senses 😉

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I thought the 6 month thing was crazy too. However, we ended up registering about 8 months before our wedding. We don’t live together (I moved back home after college and he just got his own place last year) so we NEED a lot of stuff. I figured we’d get it out of the way, and as we thought of other things to add, it’d be easier to have the registry set up already. You may get some surprises though! Turns out, FI’s cousin asked his mom where we were registered, and over the weekend we got our first gift! She wanted to get us an engagement present since we didn’t have a big engagement party. But I wouldn’t say you HAVE to do it 6 months ahead of time. I think as long as its set up before your shower, you’re good.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are having a 6 month engagement but my first bridal shower is 4.5 months before the wedding because I am in college and we want to do it before finals and before graduation which is exactly a month before the wedding.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re getting married at the end of April and we just started registering this month. At this point I think both my showers are being held in March–so really we have plenty of time still. I’d be way more concerned about registering too early. As a guest, it’s kind of disappointing if half the things on the list are discontinued (and it’s happened more than a few times in my experience!)

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m using an app to plan my entire wedding registry (called Wedding Registry by iList Apps).  You don’t have to adhere to the 6 month rule if you’re using it….because it doesn’t take anywhere near 6 months to add  your items.  I guess that’s the advanatge of not having to go to a single store in person! I’m in the process of finalizing my registry and then sharing it with my guests — I’m thinking as long as I give them 2 months that should be plenty of time, plus they have all the item details right at their fingertips!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re getting married in August, and my FI’s aunt wants our completed registry information by the end of the month (January). We’ve been rushing like crazy trying to get it done.

She wants to have my bridal shower at the end of March though, so who knows.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We registered about a month before Christmas (so 7 months out). It was great because we got a bunch of Christmas gifts from our registry and they were actually things that we wanted.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I had my bridal showers 3 months out from the wedding because of the holidays, so we set up our registry 4 months out.

Really, you could set it up a freakin’ week before your first shower and be fine because I registry stalked and NO ONE bought anything more than a week out!  Also, register for mostly in-store items because with that kind of time frame no one is ordering stuff online and having it delivered in ONE WEEK!

4 days out from the wedding right now and I have ONE purchase on our registry!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Anise:  well my shower was 6 months before the wedding so I registered earlier obviously.  

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Anise:  The earlier the better. It’s super tedious and it’s better when you’ve had enough and you can just leave and pick it up another day. We’re almost done with BB&B and we’re moving on to Crate & Barrel next. 

 

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