(Closed) When is it appropriate to register?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We registered about a year before the wedding, and yes, our families did “shop” our registry for holiday gifts.  I don’t think it is ever too early to start, just stick with basics for the beginning, since a lot of things could be discontinued before your wedding.

Post # 4
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We registered over a year before the wedding because we were visiting a town with a GIANT BB&B and had the time to go through the store w/ the scanner.  We’ve been able to update a few things online, but really haven’t made any changes since then.  No one has bought anything and the registry won’t be publically known until our STD’s go out next month.  I think it will start being used this summer at my bridal shower, but it has been a relief to know that’s out of the way.

I say go when you have time to do it.  People will look when they want to buy you gifts, not to judge you beforehand.

Post # 5
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The only reason not to register now is that stores will stop selling what you pick, and you’ll have to pick new things.  If you register now, just remember to check periodically to make sure things haven’t becom unavailable.

Post # 6
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Fiance and I registered a couple weekends ago, and our wedding isn’t until September 2013 – we had the time and we wanted to figure out what it was that we wanted for our apartment. We’re expecting that things will go out of stock, but at least we have something to go off of and we can update it online.

Post # 7
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would hesitate to register until 6 months to a year out.  Perhaps you could put things like smaller kitchen utensils (spatulas, measuring cups, stuff like taht) on the registry a year out, and then wait for the more decorative items (silver, china, etc) so you don’t have to deal with discontinued items.

Post # 8
44 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Really, what’s the harm in doing it now?

My fiance and I just registered yesterday, 6 months prior to our wedding. Our first stop was Bed Bath & Beyond and they keep your registry up for 24 months. It allows for you to add or cancel items and for people to buy presents not only for showers or the wedding itself, but maybe for birthdays or holidays.

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