So, my fiance and I are going soon to register for our wedding gifts, and I was just wondering if anybody had used Knot.com’s 360 Registry to keep track of all their registries, and if guests had found that more useful than having them all listed separately?
I did not use the Knot’s 360 Registry for my wedding, but a co-worker is using it for her wedding. If you have a lot of registries (i.e. like more than 4 or 5), and you do not have a wedding website (most wedding websites already have similar features as far as linking registries), it can be useful. You could spend a lot of extra time and effort on the 360 registry tool that guests would not notice/care about. Finally, if you like the 360 feature of adding gifts from multiple websites on to the same registry, you can do that http://www.myregistry.com and link that to your wedding website.
Also, did your guests look at the registries alot, or did you find that they didn’t really pay attention to them and just gave cash or whatever they thought might be best for the newlywed couple? I’m simply curious…
From a guest’s perspective, I usually only look at the registry twice, once to buy the bridal shower gift and once to buy the wedding gift. As a bride, we had a pretty good mix of people who bought registry gifts, gave gifts not on the registry, or gave gift cards/cash.
Another thing, I want to get my information about my registries and wedding website out to everybody on my guest list. I was going to put a line about my website on the Save-The-Date Cards, but do I put the registry info and website in cards within the invitation? What is the best way to get that information out to everybody?
I wrote our wedding website information on both the Save-The-Date Cards and the wedding invitations, but we also did online RSVPs, so that information was critical. Most etiquette says not to list your registries directly on the invitation, but to disseminate the information by pointing guests toward your wedding website or by word of mouth (e.g. a guest might call your mom, for example, or Maid/Matron of Honor, and one of them would clue the guest in to where you are registered). Personally, I’m of the opinion that different areas do things differently. If it’s common in your area or within your family/friends to include registry information in the invitation, I think you can include it in yours without causing any hurt feelings. 🙂
Finally, what time is appropriate to start registering? When is too late?
I think most people register up to a year before their wedding; I would say you need to register at least a month before your first bridal shower, in order to give guests time to buy your shower gifts.