Now that you are engaged; the pre-wedding festivities can begin! First up is your engagement party and bridal showers. Before invitations for these events can be ordered, you need to consider what (and where) you will register for the items you and your fiance will use in your home together.
First things first, take a look around in your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom to determine the items that would be useful based on what you already do and do not own. Taking this assessment prevents duplicates of things you already own and ensures you pick items that are functional for your lifestyle. When you are compiling a list of what would be useful; it is helpful think a few years ahead. While you may not plan to host dinner parties or large family meals in the first year of marriage; consider the possibility of this happening in the next few years.
Second, shop local. Locally owned gift boutiques and retail stores can provide items that are unique; not likely to be seen the next time you and your spouse are invited to dinner with another newlywed friend or relative. Local gift shops also allow you to browse. You can physically pick out the items you would like to have for your home as well as please loved ones who prefer to choose your wedding gift in person. This is a more personal experience that everyone can enjoy; especially if the staff is helpful and has useful recommendations for your needs. Often, stores like these have a particular style to the items they offer with groups of items featuring more specific motifs. Depending on the inventory of the store, it is possible to continue to build your personal style collection after your wedding day with additional pieces that reflect your personal style.
Third, register for items that will last a lifetime. After the wedding dust settles, you and your new spouse will begin building your life together. The items you receive from your loved ones should be high quality items that will stand the test of time. It is important to choose brands known for quality products and timeless design. While a few on-trend items are of course appropriate; the majority of your registry should contain items that will not appear outdated in the next two to five years. When choosing items that you plan to keep for many years, it can be helpful to stay with neutral coloring, excellent materials, and products known for their longevity.
Author: Jackie Curb is a proud Texas Native, born in Austin and raised in North Central TX. She and her husband Will were married in 2015 and live in Stephenville. Jackie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Tarleton State University and will complete her Master of Business Administration in December of this year. Jackie brings her experience as an Event Coordinator at a privately owned event rental firm to the table with 4 years under her belt in this position. This past Spring, Jackie made the leap of faith to start her own business as an independent event planner. Over the years Jackie has worked with almost every type of customer, event, and vendor within 100 miles of Stephenville. She brings her logistics background, passion for event design, and business education to the table for a unbeatable combination of practical knowledge and creative inspiration.