(Closed) How early can we register?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think the places we registered at (Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Wal-Mart) suggested registering about 6 months before the wedding date.  If you are having an engagement party or think people will be buying you gifts immediately, I could understand registering sooner than that.  Otherwise, I might hold off a little longer for a couple reasons.  1)The things you pick out now could be discontinued before the wedding or the store might stop carrying these items before people can buy them.  2)New items/new versions of items could come out before the wedding and you might be stuck with the old version if you register too early. 

I should also say that we’re only about 5 weeks out from the wedding (and only 2 weeks from the first bridal shower) and things are JUST NOW being bought off our registry.  It seems like a lot of people wait until the last moment to buy anything.  Of course, you know your family better than I do, and if you think they are likely to want to buy you presents right now, it might be a good idea to register early.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My fiancee and I are not really following what’s "normal," but we’re starting to register this week for our May 2010 wedding. We wanted to register prior to the Save-The-Date Cards going out, and figured it might take awhile for us to finish the registry.  (He can only take "shopping" in small doses.)  We are sending the Save-The-Date Cards out early because it’s a holiday weekend, and we’re sending "reminders" with holiday cards at the end of the year.  

We figured we would register for staples now, such as a stand mixer, knives, towels, bakeware, etc.  We are waiting to register for china, silverware, linens, etc.  I will most likely be monitoring the registry fairly closely so that I can remove and add items if they become discontinued.  

That being said, we are only registering at places with liberal return policies (i.e. returns are given as store credit for the amount the guest paid, instead of the lowest price in the last 60/90 days).   This will give us some flexibility in getting complete sets without fear of discontinued products.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My Fiance and I registered a few months ago, about 6 months before my August wedding. I think we may have registered too early, but I couldn’t wait any longer! 🙂 I think registering more than 6 months away from the wedding may not be the best idea. Collections change every few months, things go on sale, there are clearances. You don’t want to have to update your registry several times. Since you are getting married in May 2010, you should go register in either November or December or even wait to January. That’s difficult timing due to the holidays and all the winter goods being put on sale or clearance for the new spring goods. It is true that you can always update your registry closer to the wedding, but why worry about this several times throughout your planning. You have a million other more important things to worry about it!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

We registered a year out, just to get out of the way.  You’ll have to keep tabs on your registry though to make sure nothing is discontinued and update accordingly!

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

We registered in July for our May wedding- specifically for our engagement party. Just be prepared that a few things will no longer be available when you actgually get married. Specifically, things that come out in seasonal colors or linens- both of which you should hold off registering for. Our silverware also went out of stock and we had to find another set that we like. So you can register now, but just be sure to check it a few months before the big day to see what you’ll need to change. Have fun!!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We registered in January for our June 2010 wedding.  We were so excited to do it we didnt wait. We only did one place then though and will do another at some point in the future. I dont there is any harm in registering early so I say just go for it!  If you change your mind on something you can always pick something else in it’s place!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we registered about a year in advance last time and due to postponing the wedding we still have it. we have pdated it. we did it early because i was movingout of state and we wanted to do it together, plus we wanted to mark it off our list. macys tell you if anything is discontinued and so does bed, bath, and beyond.  it has helped us to have the updates from them so we know.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We are getting married the end of June and registered at one place about 3 weeks ago and another place a week ago. We waited a little longer than I would have liked but we had so much other stuff going on, we just didn’t have time!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We ended up registering in July of 07 for a March 09 wedding. We registered right after we got engaged because people wanted to buy engagement gifts. The only challenge with registering so early is that you do have to watch your registry. Items will be discontinued, so keep a close eye on your list and you should be fine!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

We registered at about the 8 month mark.  Partially because Fiance does not get many weekends off so we snatched up a free Saturday to do it.  We’ve been making some changes and adding to it here and there.  I think the only reason you may want to wait is because new items come out / some get discontinued.

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