Post # 1
When is the best time to register for wedding gifts? We are getting married in June 2015. We’ve been engaged for 5 months and are not having an engagement party. A friend has offered to throw me a shower; we haven’t discussed a time yet but I’d assume around March/April. We also have save the dates going out this week (8 months in advance). My mom thought we should have a registry set up by the time the save the dates get out so people could get us gifts, but I’m not sure – everyone close enough to get us an engagement gift likely would have done so earlier, right? I’m thinking it makes sense to do the registry right before shower invites go out so there’s less risk of inventory turning over and things being discontinued. But is there anything I’m overlooking?
Post # 2
We set our registry up about 8 months in advance, just know that if you set yours up early you will need to check it often because things go out of stock quickly.
Post # 3
goblueca: we did not have an engagement party, just a bridal shower before the wedding. we registered in january and my shower was in april. we registered the week before we sent out save the dates for our early may wedding as we added that information to our wedding website that was printed on the Save-The-Date Cards. it worked out fine 🙂
Post # 4
goblueca: the sooner the better. Some people will send you engagement gifts it helps if there is a registry in place……. You could always start small and then add items as you go.
Post # 5
We’re from England and went with John Lewis for ours. It was recommended to us not to set it up a long time before the wedding just in case things weren’t in stock/out of line. I think we set ours up in the April and got married in the August. The gift lift wasn’t “live” for guests to see until 6 weeks before the wedding.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
goblueca: I’m finishing up my registry’s now and my STD’s are being mailed this weekend. I wanted it done because the STD has out website on it and a link to the registry. We are getting married March 28<sup>th</sup> and people are already asking where we have registered.
Post # 7
I have a similar timeline to you–we are getting married May 2015 and the shower will probably March/April as well! We have registered already so that as invitations go out, if people want to buy gifts ahead of time (many may have to order online due to where they live) they can 🙂 Congratulations! How are your wedding plans coming along?
edit: we have JUST sent out our save the dates
Post # 8
littlekay111: Wedding plans are coming along great, hope yours are too! There’s very little to work on right now, we’ve already done the bulk of the planning 🙂
Post # 9
goblueca: Great to hear! Mine are as well 🙂 You’re right, not tons to do right now for us either! We accomplished booking all the ‘big things’ early. Now its just ordering things and coming up with DIY ideas for us! Have you picked your colours?
Post # 10
goblueca: I can’t remember when we finalized ours, but I know it was completed before our invitations went out – which was the beginning of August this year. We didn’t have an engagement party and wouldn’t have expected gifts anyway.
So, that was 3 months before the wedding, and we didn’t do Save-The-Date Cards. I also had 2 showers, so a lot of things have been bought – which is nice. I feel it was a good timeframe for what we had – only a 8 month engagement.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I already set ours up (May wedding) but it’s more a “work in progress”. My fiance’s mom has bought us a few things from it already. I’m just adding things as I think of them.
Post # 12
It might be fun to have it set up before Christmas (if you’re christian).
But really – the only bit of advice I have is to do it during a calm time in your wedding planning. You will not have fun spending hours in a store creating a registry when you have serious sh*t to do. 🙂 So just find a quiet time between now and spring and have fun with it!
Post # 13
we didn’t start putting together our registry until 4-5 months before our wedding. we didn’t have an engagement party and engagement gifts are not common in my circle, so there was no point in doing it so early when i had more important things to focus on. people didn’t start buying gifts until just before my shower. plus, if you do it too early then you have to worry about items being discontinued or out of season.