In my early teens I received a really nice set of luggage for Christmas. To me, back then, it felt like the end of the world. I thought for sure I must have done something really wrong to deserve bags as a gift! I now know my parents spent a big amount of money on something that has taken me years to appreciate. Registering for gifts for our wedding feels like a similar adventure. I now find myself coveting things that I once thought would be a terrible and horrible gift to receive. Matching china, beautiful flatwear, pots and pans, martini glasses, and a peacock teapot.
After living together for several years, we have most of the basics and necessities. However, it really would be wonderful to throw a dinner party and have matching plates for all. Our first trip registering at Macy's was overwhelming to say the least. Nate and I spent hours taking laps around their home department. I honestly had no idea there were so many different types of china, silver, pots and pans. After taking a break to clear our heads, we both decided to tackle registering with a "This is the only time in our life we can register for these uber-nice sometimes unnecessary gifts" attitude. Hence the addition of the Swarovski martini glasses!
Macy's goes out of its way to cater to the engaged couple. It has an incredible reward program that encourages you to shop there before the wedding and after. (Twist my arm!) Most of our guests are without a Macy's nearby. We made sure to note on our invites that we are registered at macys.com so they feel like they have more options to choose from more than just our 13 listed items at Target. Its website makes it easy for our guests to access our registry, see photos of the pieces we have chosen, and purchase them with free shipping. With all of the biggest sales of the year right around the corner, we've already seen what a great value some of our items will be!
Lastly, just like Elisa and Tim, we wanted to supplement our wishlist with a honeymoon registry. After researching several other sites, we settled on Traveler's Joy. It is very heavily endorsed by several reputable wedding sources, and it felt like a safe online site to use.
Most honeymoon registries actually charge guests an extra 5 to 10 percent above the amount that they want to give. Traveler's Joy takes a certain percentage out of the end number, so your guests aren't charged more. For example, if someone gifts us $100, we only actually receive $92.50. Kind of a bummer, BUT we would rather lose a little bit of money on our end and have our guests feel good about the gift they gave us than insult them with extra taxes and hidden fees. Hence the reason Nate and I focused in on a capped dollar amount on our site. I LOVE that our guests who choose to help send us on our honeymoon adventure get to explore our site and see the activities and places we will go! The sight itself is easy to use, and it takes no time at all to set-up. Check it out at www.travelersjoy.com/jessandnate Thanks to a big group of fun-loving friends, I definitely think our "all day long, all day strong" tropical drinks will be one of the first to go!
With only three months to go, and a crazy busy holiday season at Wixon Jewelers right around the corner, I'm doing my best to manage stress and keep crossing things off my list. With the exception of blogging, my plan to attack the holiday season and extra hours at work is to take a brief three week break from wedding planning to focus on selling fabulous jewels. Wish me luck! :)