How To Set up Your Gift Registry – 10 Tips for the Bride to Be

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in your life, yet there’s so much to plan. We’ve compiled 10 top tips for the bride to be on how to set up your gift registry, so that’s one less thing that you’ll have to worry about!

Tips for the bride to be

1 – Select future family heirlooms
You should give priority to quality mementos that you will cherish for years to come. However, don’t choose pieces that you’ll never use – extremely hard to clean items may not be practical.

2 – Get the groom involved
Make sure to choose gifts that you’ll both enjoy. It’s a good idea to discuss your ideal style of home and to make a list of what both of you have already and will keep, as well as items that you need. Decide whether you’d like everyday and more formal tableware, and agree on a color scheme.

3 – Set up your registry well in advance
As soon as you announce your engagement, some family and friends will want to send gifts so it’s good to be prepared.

4 – Register in multiple places
Although it may seem easier to register in one place only, it’s important to make things easy on your wedding guests by having a few options. Some of your friends may live abroad and prefer an online option whilst elderly guests may prefer to go in-store. Ideally, the store should be able to deliver to you rather than guests having to pick up your gift and then go to a post office to send it.

5 – Include a wide range of gifts
Make sure to include a variety of price points, so that guests of all budgets have plenty of choice. It’s advisable to include more gifts than guests for this reason.

6 – Don’t be afraid to shake things up a little
It used to be traditional to order a full set of up to 12 plates, glasses cups and saucers. However, many couples don’t have space to store so much tableware and these days you can mix and match.

Setting up your gift registry - 10 Tips for the Bride to Be
7 – Select your registry items in store if possible
Wedding gift selection is a bit like clothes shopping, in that it’s helpful to see prospective gifts at close hand if possible. A trip to the store will enable you to touch the items, check the quality and make sure that they’re a true reflection of your taste. Not only that, it can be fun as some stores will lend you a hand-held scanner to zap products as you walk around. Mr Luxe loved using that gadget!

8 – Plan ahead
Perhaps you have a Summer wedding planned, yet you’ll be hosting a large family gathering at Christmas? Your needs may change in future, and items like teapots could well come in handy if hosting friends for afternoon tea.  

9 – Don’t use any presents that arrive before the wedding
In the highly unlikely event that the wedding doesn’t go ahead, gifts must normally be returned, so do bear that in mind to be on the safe side.

10 – Send a timely, written thank-you note
It’s important to keep a record of the gifts you have received and from whom, so that you can include a reference to the specific item that you have received and how you will use it in your thank you note.

I hope that you’ve found these tips helpful – I know how stressful it can be, planning a wedding. However, if you get your gift registry right, you’ll enjoy the benefits for many years to come, together with some fantastic mementos of your special day and your guests. You might also find our tips on buying a wedding gift if you’re not the bride to be but one of the wedding guests!
Are you planning a wedding – if so what are your must haves for your registry list? If you’re already married, do you have any wedding list tips for the bride to be?

Setting up your gift registry - tips for the bride to be

  • I still haven’t finished thank you cards, I should get them ready asap. My wedding was in Germany, I didn’t know how much about traditions and I didn’t do any of these things. Guests gave cards with cash in it and a few got some personalised gifts.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • It must have been nice to have a mix of cash and personalised gifts. For the thank you notes, we had postcards of one of our wedding photos printed and sent those out in envelopes, they were quite popular as a souvenir

      • That’s what we are planning to do with the card, however we want to make it personalised for every guest, like one of our wedding photo and one photo with them. It is not easy that’s why I keep postponing it 🙂

  • Will definitely keep these I mind!

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • Steph K

    I never thought about not using presents until after the wedding, but this makes sense! Thanks for the great tips!

    xO – Steph

    • My pleasure Steph and thanks for stopping by! We only received our gifts after our wedding but I think it makes sense not to use them before

  • Great tips! I like the idea of registering to multiple places, not only is it easier for the wedding guests, but it gives the bride and groom more selection too since one store might not carry everything you want.

    Eden | Mint Notion

  • Great tips, lady! Hope you’re having a great week!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Hi Ashley, times are a bit difficult this week due to a close relative being ill but you’re always a ray of sunshine

  • Paola

    Thanks for these interesting tips darling!!
    xo Paola
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  • I think number 5 is so important. I’ve been to a few weddings where the registry is only Anthropologie or something, which I can’t help but think isn’t really budget friendly to most when you’re asking for full dinner settings. Good post and very helpful!


    • I agree, it’s important to have a wide range of items, and it can be awkward when brides ask for a cash contribution only as at a recent wedding I went to

  • Nina

    These tips can be very helpful for every bride-to-be. Have a lovely day.

  • Wonderful tips, wish I had these before my wedding ♥
    Corinne |

  • Thank U for sharing these information 🙂 A little compendium on the contemporary interpretation of the concept of Musa from Naomi Campbell to Mara as Muse, and touching on Willow Smith and Gigi Hadid

  • all of these are great tips for the bride-to-be!

  • What a wonderful collaboration. I loved the post. Gemma x

  • These are great suggestions, Suze! I like the second one especially. I feel that more attention is placed on the bride than the groom and while I do understand to a certain extent, it’s still very much their day, too, so they should definitely have a part to play! Thanks much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    • Thanks Jalisa, it’s been a very tough week due to a relative’s health issues so reading lovely comments like yours really does help

  • Agness

    Great tips! 🙂 So many great desserts I can see here! Mniam mniam mniam <3 xxxx

  • Lucy

    Useful tips as always I will share these with my friends who are getting married in 2017 Lucy x

  • I know most of these tips are common sense but you’ll be surprise how many bridezillas out there that set up the registry without involving the groom. Great tips!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • It would be a real shame not to get the groom involved, two heads are always better than one!

  • Vera Wang has quite the CV – everything she touches seems to be magical 🙂 I can certainly appreciate how lovely it would be for a newlywed couple to receive any item from the Vera Wang for Wedgwood collection as a wedding gift!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • I won’t be planning a wedding in a long time… but never say never…

  • Great tips on how to set up a gift registry – we still use and cherish the things we put on ours many years ago ♡

  • That cake knife is making me swoon…. so pretty!

    Erin xx

  • For a second I thought you were getting married and was like – is there something I’ve missed? 😀

    • Ha ha, I’m already married but it was before the blog – I did think about sharing a throw back to it though

  • Ellie Adams

    This is such a useful post, I have absolutely no idea where to start with gift registry. Plus Vera Wang anything will always be perfect!


  • Very useful post for a bride-to-be. Unfortunately, 40 years ago when I got married there was nothing like a gift registry.

  • Both my bestie recently got engaged and are planning up a storm for their weddings – have sent this over to them because I don’t think either of them have thought about the registry!