(Closed) When to register in a long engagement?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I also think a year out is too early. Stock will change and change frequently if you register at a place like Target. If you do register now, just be sure to keep an eye on your registry to make sure nothing has been discontinued.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Bump. I’d like more suggestions. I’m getting married in May 2014 and have no idea when I should register. I plan on sending invites out fairly early because I am getting married on memorial day weekend. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yeah you can register at as many places as you want as early as you want. We are registered at Target and our wedding isnt for another 17 months! I just wouldn’t tell anyone or not link your stuff to social media. then when you send out your invites (preferably 8-6 months before your big day), you will have one place picked to put on your invites. But yeah. Register away. Have fun with it. but don’t tell anyone

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am also a june 2014 bride—
I was coerced into doing our registry with in a week or two of our engagement by my family- been engaged 4 months- not ONE present from the registry. 

Put it off as along as you can! I completely regret doing it early and will likely change it MANY times before anyone ever uses it. A lot changes in the store each season. 1 year I would say is ok to start. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m a May Bride. I did my registry right after xmas and it was too early. Even the most basic things go out of stock and no one bought off my registry until the beginning of Feb. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’d wait until a few months before, or around when the shower invites go out if you’re having a shower. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t think a year is too early to get started!! We started as soon as we were engaged. We’ve already been working on them for a couple months and are maybe HALF done. This has been the biggest planning headache so far by far! I would give yourself plenty of time to slowly add to it and work on it and make changes. It has taken WAY more effort than I thought it would.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Seashells7:  I keep hearing 3-6 months max because products you register for may be discontinued (especially linens such as sheets and towels in specific colors).  If you register earlier than that make sure to check back often and delete discontinued products and replace those products with new products.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Seashells7:  We started our registry last month, but at the time, we had aimed for October of THIS year. Circumstances changed, and the wedding is going to be next year, but we’re leaving the registry up for now, and periodically checking it to see if anything is no longer in stock. Some people like to buy gifts early (maybe for christmas or birthday presents), others wait til the last minute to buy gifts. Just do what feels comfortable.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am a May 2014 bride, and am waiting until the fall.  But, we already live together and don’t need very much.  I wouldn’t hesitate starting a list for yourself as you think of things, but registering too early may be high maintenance as previous posters said regarding discontinued items. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m getting married in March 2014 and I started a registry at several places a few months ago. I haven’t linked them to any sites, so no one can see anything on them yet, but when we finally decided to register, we figured that we might as well go ahead and start now. We tried to register for items that we knew would always be there, like kitchen items, sheets and towels, and I also listed several of the same thing, in case one brand sells out or something. I’ll go through closer to date and tweak it according to what’s there before I make the information public.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it’s never too early to compile a list of items you’d like to register for, but I wouldn’t actually register for items yet because they may be discontiuned. I think the best time to start registering is a 3 to 6 months before the wedding, or a month or two before a wedding shower.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We registered 6 months out, and it was still too early.  Some of the items we chose were seasonal and went out of stock in a month or two.  So….just be prepared to stalk the registry often and remove things, etc.  Then the registry just sat there, untouched.

I believe the first registry gift was around the first of the year, so less than 3 months before the wedding. 

 

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