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Clinton Kelly has long been telling us What Not to Wear, so when we heard he’d be partnering with Macy’s as its expert on everything weddings, Mpls.St.Paul Weddings tapped him for some registry advice.
Some couples view gift registries as unnecessary. Why are they beneficial?
Unless you want to end up with 300 decorative picture frames, it’s a good idea to give your guests some suggestions. Seriously, your wedding registry is your one big chance to get everything you want, exactly the way you want it!
When should couples begin the wedding registry process? How far out from their big day?
Right after you say “I do!” Well, not right after, but soon after. Believe it or not, a lot of people will want to give you a gift immediately, and they’d like to give you something you want. You can get some basics on there and then continue to add to your registry as the months go by.
Where should a couple begin when they are trying to decide what to register for?
In an ideal world, the couple should use the registering process as an opportunity to discuss the vision of their life together. Communication is the key to a strong marriage, so this is the time to start discussing some really important things. For example, what do you want your home to look like? Who will be doing the cooking? How often will you be dining out? Who will be doing the cleaning? Will you be entertaining a lot? Once you have the answers to those questions, you can register accordingly.
Is there a “magic number” of items a couple should shoot for on their registry?
It’s a good idea to have at least twice as many gifts on your registry as you do wedding guests. Be sure to register for gifts in a range of price points.
What are three products you love right now that you believe every couple should have on their registries?
I love beautiful plates (both formal and everyday) and I’m obsessed with kitchen appliances—stand mixers and all the attachments, food processors, and blenders.
Are there any items that are absolutely not appropriate for a registry?
The only thing I don’t encourage couples to ask for is cash; that’s tacky. Instead, couples can sign up for the Macy’s Dream Fund which allows guests to contribute to a fund couples can use to purchase items on their own.
Why should couples register at Macy’s in particular?
Because Macy’s has everything! And they have the best people. The registry advisers really know their stuff and can help couples choose items that best fit their lifestyle. Also, Macy’s registry has special features and tools like the Registry Guide, the Macy’s mobile app (which also serves as a scanner), and the completion program where couples receive a discount on the gifts remaining on their registry six months after the wedding date.
Do you have any other advice for our brides and grooms as they create a registry?
This is a wonderful time in your life, your family and friends’ lives, so be sure to enjoy it. It can be stressful, but ultimately it’s a celebration. Don’t forget that.