The Wedding Registry- Everything you need to know!

You are engaged, how exciting to begin planning your wedding! In the months ahead, you will have plenty to do and think about! Leading up to your big day, you’ll likely have plenty of tasks to complete on your to-do list. Scheduling tastings, sending out invitations, creating seating charts and so on! Yet, another one that has become a mainstay on most couple’s planning agenda has been a wedding gift registry. Lucky for you, the process has become so convenient and if you choose you can do your entire registry online. However, we are still huge fans of creating a fun date night, going to the store, and shopping and scanning together!

For those new to our blog, welcome to Historic Venue 1902. We are a Central Florida based wedding venue and we love to offer ideas, tips, and information that can help engaged couples throughout the planning process. From knowing what we offer at Historic Venue 1902 to actual wedding day inspiration, we always strive to provide a wide range of content. From the moment you tour our Venue, the Historic Venue 1902 team will be with you the entire way- from booking to your sparkler exit on your wedding day. If you are looking for a venue, we would love to show you everything we have to offer! Call, text, or email us to schedule a tour! As the opening paragraph alluded to, this week’s blog is going to be sharing ideas and tips on creating your wedding registry!

Have Fun and Enjoy the Journey

When the wedding registry task makes its way to the top of your To-Do list, here are a few pieces of advice:

Have fun and take your time. There’s no rush to create your registry right away, so take a moment to truly figure out what you actually need. If you and your soon-to-be spouse are already living together, chances are you may have most of the essentials already. If so, try to think of items you actually need or consider adding a section asking for money or for a honeymoon fund.

Speaking of Cash- Is it okay to register for cash? Absolutely! We just recommend splitting large funds into smaller ones. You can also register for dinners or excursions on your honeymoon. Guests love contributing to specific experiences.

Do’s and Don'ts

Even though we always encourage couples to follow their own vision and plan their wedding day how they want it, there’s no denying the wedding industry is filled with words like “etiquette” and “tradition.” There’s nothing wrong with either and in many respects, they both are important components of how the wedding industry has evolved over the years. An example of wedding registry etiquette is to avoid mentioning your wedding registry on the invitation themselves. There are a few alternatives. One is to include an insert with the URL of your wedding website, here you can have all of your registry information!

When and Where to Register

When should you register for your gifts? We recommend adding gifts 7-9 months ahead of the big day to account for engagement parties and showers. Truth: the longer you wait, the more risk you run of receiving gifts you can’t return.

With so many online shopping options for your guests- shopping for wedding gifts has never been easier! So now you’ll have to ask yourself where you want to register. Keep in mind that you can have multiple registries and plenty of potential gift ideas, but a good rule of thumb is to avoid going overboard and create a situation where guests have to visit 5-6 websites or sift through an endless list of products. We recommend three sites; however, you might choose to just do one. Just remember there is nothing wrong with including extra items as well, to ensure there’s something on your registry even for the last-minute shoppers!

Back to the original question: Where should you register? We'll highlight a few of the more common options that we see couples choosing. Amazon is obviously a top choice, as it has such a wide range of products, making it an easy choice for couples. Bed, Bath & Beyond has long been a popular wedding registry option as well, thanks to the various household goods that you’ll need as you start off your life as a married couple! Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma are a couple of stores often considered by couples for potential wedding registries. In addition to these, there are plenty of other retailers too, including Target and Ikea. How cool is that- did you know Ikea had a wedding registry? If you can build it, you can overcome any challenge that might come your way :) The store or stores you register with will likely be dependent on your individual situation. If you and your partner still need a lot of the basics (dishes, pots and pans, household décor, etc.), then you’re likely going to look at Target or Bed, Bath & Beyond. Likewise, if you’re someone that would just prefer to have everything in one place, then Amazon might be your best bet.

In conclusion, don’t just put random items on there to fill up space! Make sure both you and your partner work on this project together. It’s important that you each have a say on what you include, so you might as well have a solid mix of items you love, items your partner wants, as well as ones that you both think are needed.

Are you ready to start wedding planning?

We hope we have offered you some helpful tips that will help you create your wedding registry! Historic Venue 1902 believes everyone deserves a beautiful wedding day no matter what their budget, which is why we offer three packages and weekday pricing, along with our flexible catering options to accommodate the budget of any couple. Historic Venue1902 is conveniently located just outside of Orlando in the beautiful Historic district of Sanford. We have been honored and privileged to host hundreds of weddings and celebrate so much love! We would love to show you everything Historic Venue 1902 has to offer. To Schedule a tour, you can text or call 407-986-8600. In the meantime, feel free to check out our Instagram page and see the many reasons you too should say I do at Historic Venue 1902!


Bride and Groom- in the historic Classroom with custom chalkart
Photo- courtesy of Ashley Krug Photography