Armed with a hand-held scanner, you can traipse down
the aisles of your favorite department stores zapping the barcodes
of items you want on your registry. Or, if you prefer to shop online,
you can click your way to a complete wedding registry.
Registries are easy to set up,
but not reading the fine print or researching your choices could
cost you later on. Hidden fees, poor quality items, strict completion
packages and other registry caveats can give you a large financial
Before you say "I do" on the big day, say
"I do" to these registry tips:
1. Do register with two or
three different merchants. It gives your guests more options,
especially if one or two of your selected stores aren't familiar
or appealing to your guests.
2. Do register at physical,
as well as online, stores. The last thing
you want to do is register with just one Web-only
retailer and confuse Aunt Edna who has never shopped
online. Pick a combination of merchants that will
accommodate the Web-savvy and the traditional,
3. Do read FAQs and check hidden
fees before setting up a registry. "Read the fine
print very carefully, and be aware of what you're signing up for,"
says Joyce Scardina Becker, certified wedding consultant, president
of Distinction and author of "Countdown
to Your Perfect Wedding." You might be dinging the person
who's buying the gift with a hefty service charge.
4. Do remember your general
retailers. Unlike some department stores, you can register
for fun items such as Rollerblades and things for your pet, says
Leah Ingram, a certified etiquette and protocol consultant.
5. Do register for items to
fit every budget -- but don't shy away from big-ticket
items such as that nice luggage set. A big trend among wedding
guests is to pool money and buy expensive gifts as a group, says
Sharon Naylor, author of "The
Ultimate Wedding Registry Workbook."