According to wikipedia:
A bridal registry is a system designed by department stores for the purpose of allowing an engaged couple to manage the purchases of gifts for their wedding. From what is available at the store, the couple creates a list of items they would like to receive, then the list is mentioned or provided to their wedding guests. Some implementation methods allow participating stores to provide the list to guests. As a gift is purchased by a guest, the department store's list is updated and the item is removed from the list of the desired items, preventing a single gift from being accidentally bought redundantly by multiple people. This can be more efficient for the couple to be married, as well as providing guests with a framework for making decisions about which gift to purchase.
I'm sure for the most part we all knew that! But did you know:
- The concept of a bridal registry was first instituted by Chicago-founded department store Marshall Fields in 1924
- Target was the first to introduce an electronic gift registry in 1993 using The Gift Certificate Center in Minneapolis, MN
OK...now that you are well educated in the history of the bridal registry it is time for you the help me out! I've looked around a couple of times at things to register for but haven't actually sat down and got it all together in order to get the whole process started. I've been a little stressed about whether or not my china was too expensive, how many place settings to get, what about every day dishes, etc. So I decided, why not ask my blogging friends?! Those of your who are married should have lots of experience in this department. And those of you who are not probably have lots of experiencing buying gifts off of registries. So here's what I want to know:
- How expensive do you think is too expensive for a place setting of formal china?
- How many place settings should I register for?
- Did you all double register for your china and/or other items? If so, what items?
- What did you register for that you wished you wouldn't have?
- Did you register for crystal? What items did you choose?
- What didn't you register for that you wish you would have?
- What did you register for that you are glad you did?
- How many places did you register?
- Any other tidbits that you think I might find useful.
My mom and I are going this weekend to look at a lot of things. I hope to do most of it online but would like to see it in person before I add it to the list. Fortunately Josh is very laid back and doesn't really care what I pick out. I've already consulted him on the important decisions so I'm sure he'll be on board with what I decide. I'll have to finish the rest of it though, like bedding and towels, when he is with me to offer his opinion!
Thanks in advance for helping me out with this process! I know I can count on you bloggers! And for those of you who read my blog but don't comment (I know you are out there! That's what my blog trackers are for!!) now is the time to start!