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Weddings are a beautiful time when two lives are joined together. They are also hectic, logistical nightmares that can test the limits of any relationship. When planning a wedding, couples should take every opportunity that exists to help simplify the process. A smart new resource for couples in recent years has truly helped to simplify one aspect of the wedding planning process.
The wedding gift registry, or online bridal registry, gives couples the opportunity to ask for exactly what they want, while giving guests the confidence to buy a gift they know will be be used regularly or will match perfectly with things the couple already owns. Rarely in life are there such clear-cut win-win situations, especially when planning a wedding, so couples should take advantage of these when they find them.
Make Two Lists
Because marriage entails the joining of two lives, couples often find that they have two of the same item, but none of something else that they feel they will need for their future together. In this regard, it helps for couples to compile two lists; the first list should include all the items that the couple currently owns. Kitchenware, appliances, bedding, towels and other household goods should be on the list. Any duplicate items can then be donated or discarded.
The second list should include all the items a couple thinks they need for their new life together. Itemizing possessions on the first list helps a couple to know exactly what they have, so that they can know what items they need to put on the second list. Once the second list is compiled, couples can then choose items for their gift registry with confidence, knowing they are not asking for something that they already have.
Register At Your Favorite Stores
Your gifts should reflect your individuality. Don’t feel compelled to register at a kitchen store “because that’s what everyone does” if you despise cooking and never plan to use any of the items. If you and your spouse-to-be are nature nuts who spend more time out-of-doors than entertaining, register at the outdoor goods store for that four-season tent you’ve always wanted, not at the department store for a crystal punch bowl. Remember, wedding gift registries exist to simplify this aspect of your wedding, not to make your life more complicated by cluttering it up with things you will never use. Most wedding guests prefer to buy a gift knowing it will be appreciated, used and needed, rather than something that is packed away and forgotten.
Use The Power At Your Fingertips
Surfing the Internet at all hours of the day and night has become second nature for most people. Because most stores publish their wedding registries online, couples can update their wish lists in real time. That information is immediately accessible to their guests, who are a mere click of the mouse away. Some stores even allow guests to publish their wish lists to Facebook or other social networking sites, making it convenient for guests to shop in any kind of weather or at any time of the day or night. Utilizing the latest technology helps to save time and avoid the hassle of doing everything in person. Couples can go to see patterns, sizes and colors in person and then finish their wedding registry list online, making it immediately accessible to all of their guests.
While weddings can present a true challenge even to the most organized of people, simple tips and the latest technology can serve to simplify some aspects of wedding planning, leading to a beautiful and stress-free day for the happy couple.
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