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I often get emails from brides wanting advice on how to save on weddings. One area we’ve never covered is the wedding registry, so we are going to dive in today!
Planning a wedding can be both exhilarating and exhausting, but one part of the wedding process that many brides get excited about is conquering the infamous wedding registry. Wedding registries can be a wonderful tool to help friends and family keep track of what you need and want. Who doesn’t love walking the store of your choice, only to realize that the whole store could be yours at the click of a scanner. Well, maybe not quite the whole store, but there are infinite possibilities when it comes to choosing items for your registry.
Wedding Registry Incentives
Many stores offer extra freebies and incentives when you register. There are freebies for registering for certain products and special incentives for completion that stores and vendors partner up for. Free gifts are sent to you from the vendor after a gift redemption form is mailed in by the couple who registered.
It takes a little extra work, but the forms aren’t very long and some of the gifts are well worth it. Gift registration incentives are nice because you just have to register, but not receive, a particular amount or type of product in order to receive a freebie in return. Completion incentives are freebies given after a certain amount is purchased on your registry. The examples below show some of the freebies and incentives available at some of the major stores.
-FREE heart dish when you register for $300 of Wilton Armetale
-FREE flash drive with recipes when you register for $150 of Cuisinart products
-FREE white serving bowl when you register for $500 or more of Sophi Conran products
-FREE Shun Vegetable Knife when you register for $450 of qualifying Shun Products
-FREE Wüsthof Gourmet 3 piece Bridal Set when you register for $200 of qualifying Wüsthof products
Bed Bath and Beyond
-FREE Anolon Advanced Bronze 1 qt. saucepan when you register for $400 Anolon products
-FREE Emeril Nylon Tools when you register for $200 of Emerilware
Other stores offering deals include, Belk, Kohls, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, and others!
Coupons to Complete Items
If you don’t receive items you really wanted many stores offer a percentage off on all the items left on your registry after the wedding. If you receive duplicates of gifts or change your mind about an item you registered for, you can return items for gift cards or cash without a gift receipt.
Know the Exchange Policy
Store exchange policies are different for each store so make sure you know the specific policies for the store you are returning a product to. Bed Bath and Beyond allows you to return almost any item for cash as long as it’s on your registry. Target will take back items listed on your registry, but will give you gift cards instead of cash for returns. Also keep in mind that registries expire after a certain amount of time, so you’ll want to make any exchanges early.
While registries are a great way to keep track of gifts, some stores tend to have trouble marking gifts as purchased on the registry, so every once in a while, it is a good idea to look over your registry and make sure everything has being marked off as purchased once you have received them. Most registries allow you to manually change the purchase history of items so you can change the items to purchased when the store does not mark them off. This will help to avoid duplicates and make for an easier return process.
There are several stores that offer wedding registration, but make sure to choose your stores wisely. It can be easy to want to register at many different stores but consolidating your list to about three or less stores makes it easier for both you and your family and friends to keep track. You can even make a wedding registry on Amazon, which can be a more frugal option for your internet savvy guests.
Also, make sure to add items at several price points. Your friends and family have different amounts they would like to spend and it is helpful for them to have a range of prices to choose from. Don’t be afraid to put a few of those special splurge items on the list. If the item is a little more expensive than you think most will be comfortable spending, remember friends and family might go in together and purchase a larger gift for you.
The process can be overwhelming at times, but remember to have fun! You are picking items for your new home with your significant other, but whether you choose the red or green cookware, will not be the end of the world.
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