(Closed) Registering..

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I started our registries as soon as we got engaged (which was about 18 months out until our big day). I will say, however, I have not released our registries yet and our date is Sept 5, 2010 (I wanted to have a while to add things when I thought of them, and not be rushed all in one weekend or something). Many stores will give you the option to start a registry and start adding things but to keep it private until you are ready to send out save the dates/invitations. Considering you already sent out save the dates, I would say you need to start registering right away. It’s nice that people want to send gifts early – it gives you and Fiance a chance to write thank you’s as they arrive and not have to spend your Saturday nights writing piles of thank you’s because you got 25 gifts all in one week. Just my 2 cents!


Post # 4
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we registered 8 months out, because family wanted to get us engagement presents. people say that it’s too early because than things get discontinued and you have to keep changing the registery, i check it about once a month and so far i’ve had to change one thing. i don’t think it’s a huge deal, it’s easy to do online.

Post # 5
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We registered about a year out. A lot of planning books and sites recommend registering as soon as you are engaged. Like artbee said, the only problem with it is that some items will become unavailable—especially with seasonal things. You could go ahead and set up at least one registry and just revisit it closer to your wedding to add or delete things.

Post # 6
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

if people are asking you for the information i don’t see any problem in registering now! some vendors we talked to at a wedding show said 1 year was a good time!

Post # 7
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We started this weekend for our May wedding. We did one store last weekend and we’ll do Crate and Barrel this weekend. It was such a weird feeling to go into a store and create wish list of what we want. We walked around aimlessly for a bit and then went room by room.

Post # 8
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We registered pretty much as soon as we decided to get married, I’d say it was about a year out. We haven’t had to change it too much, a few items here and there. I wouldn’t say it’s too early, just keep an eye on it, check it once a month to make sure nothing is discontinued or out of stock.

Post # 9
355 posts
Helper bee

our wedding is 5.29.10 and we’ve just started doing our registries, but they are set up as “private” right now. from what i’ve read the registry should be ready 5 months out (which will be in the middle of winter) so i plan to switch them over to public then. it’s nice to get them out of the way now though! if guests are looking to buy engagement gifts for you, why don’t you go and just select a few items now? i don’t see any harm in that!

Post # 10
2634 posts
Sugar bee

I’m a September 2010 bride and we are planning on starting our registries six months out (so next March or so).  I don’t think there is a “right” or “wrong” here, just whatever works for you.  I would be concerned with things being out to stock if I registered TOO early, but like someone else mentioned, you can always go add more things later.

Post # 11
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, I think we’re planning on doing ours after Christmas.  We might do the Macy’s one a little earlier depending on when they have one of those “sip and click” events.

Post # 12
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We set up our registry in January for our wedding in July. We didn’t send out save the dates though so we didn’t have people asking about a registry until they got our actual invites.

Post # 13
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There’s definitely no harm in registering ASAP.  We haven’t started our registry yet only because we will be starting a new home together but we’re still unsure if we’re going to get a condo or a house. 

When I spoke to a lady from one of the stores we were considering, we were encourage to start our registry for our June weddng.  That bein said, she also warned us about registering for some items (eg: bedding) as that inventory tends to change every 3 or 6 months.

Post # 14
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree that it’s whatever works best. A word of warning though. Our peeps begged for us to start a registry about six months out and it kind of turned into a disaster. It’s about 5 weeks to our wedding and everything we originally registered for at Target (ahem, sorry Target) is no longer in stock. Everyday I get an email notification saying that the items are no longer available. I looked at my registry yesterday and it’s empty except for four things because they’e out. I completely erased it because I was so frustrated. It takes a lot of time and work to do a registry (it seems fun when you start the process but trust me…it turns into a pain) and when things keep disappearing from it it REALLY sucks.


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