In Nigeria creating a wedding gift registry is gradually becoming accepted, as couples now look to get gift items they really need.
Wedding gift giving is a way for friends and family to celebrate your wedding with you and also help create a lasting memory. Why would they not get you something you really need and would treasure? Here’s everything to keep in mind when making your wedding registry.
1. Create Gift Registry Early
What are you waiting for? Registering for wedding gifts should be one of the first tasks you tackle when you get engaged. Our Wedding Catalogue makes it super easy to get started you can select all your favorite items, all while keeping your friends and family in the know. Take the guesswork out of gift buying by create a top notch wedding catalogue that function like your wedding website but as your wedding gift registry in it and sharing the link with your guests. Don’t worry about completing your list at once, but at least have a few items for guests to browse when they visit your wedding catalogue.
2. Do It Together
Adding potential gift items together is essential. After all, the gifts are for both of you. To decide what you need, take inventory of the things you already have and see where the gaps are. Talk about the style of home you’d both like, and split up the final say to make it fair. You could alternate items—maybe one of you gets to make final decisions on electronics, while the other chooses the kitchen stuff.
3. Register for Whatever You Want
Don’t feel like you just can only register for household things. These days it’s not about the stuff you might need but about getting what you really want. We have made it easier for couples to celebrate their new life together in other ways—think: honeymoon adventures, camping equipment and fancy date night dinners. It’s also easier for friends & family to contribute and buy expensive items, be it the flight tickets to your honeymoon or a new appliance for your home. Building your registry through our website add no additional charge to you or your guests on gifts purchase and delivery.
4. Think About How You Live
Try to avoid filling your list with things you’re never going to use. If you two aren’t the formal party types, then you probably won’t need a crystal wine bowl, as compelling as it may seem when you look by with that registry scanner (gift room). Also, be extra sure before you register for anything that’s monogrammed. Once your name is on it, you probably won’t be able to return it.
5. Hit All Price Points
As much as you may be aiming for that gorgeous flat screen TV set that costs N300,000 , be sure to register for items in a wide range of price points under N10,000. That way, all of your guests can choose gifts they can afford. You don’t want your college, friend or family feeling overwhelmed by the fact that he can’t find a single gift in their budget range and you don’t want your parents’ closest friends to have to buy you a multitude of smaller items to make up one generous gift.
6. Be Considerate of Your Guests
The best registry to have is an online registry. Guests should also be able to place their orders in person or over the phone. We live in a hectic world and you want to let guests be able to order you a gift—even if it’s 2 a.m.
7. Update Often
When a guest buys a gift for you, your registry would automatically update, allowing others to see what is left to be purchased. Revisit your registry often (trust us, you’ll be visiting several times a day once the wedding day nears), and update it with additional items as products are purchased, so guests always have a variety of things to choose from. Aim to have at least twice as many items on your list as the guests you are expecting at your wedding.
8. Think Gift Cards and Cash Cards
Nothing will ever replace the traditional registry. There’s just something special about your guests helping you stock up on must-haves for your life together. But a few of your guests might prefer giving cash and that’s okay. Your guests will appreciate a cash gift as an option, and we have an easy tool for requesting just that. You can also incorporate your honeymoon into your gift registry by allowing your guests to contribute to your honeymoon fund.
9. Say Thanks
Most importantly be gracious and let your guests know their gifts have been delivered promptly. Thank-you notes for gifts received after the wedding day should be sent within a month of your return from the honeymoon. In all notes, be sure to mention the gift by name.