Making gift-getting easier for groups, Felicite.com,
lets each guest contribute a "partial payment" toward
the total gift amount. When the gift has been paid for in full,
the company orders the gift. If the gift is not physical, the company
will collect contributions, then send the bride and groom a check.
Felicite charges a fee for this service.
6. Do check for a completion
package. Some retailers will offer a discount
of 10 percent or 20 percent on unpurchased registry
items. Some will even let you add last-minute
gifts before you close the registry, so be sure
to ask before you sign up. Also, add things as
you go so you can get more items at a discount
and keep gifts in everyone's budget.
7. Do become a connoisseur
of household essentials. Read up on information about thread
counts, knife tang and silverware chromium-to-nickel ratios before
you make selections or you might end up with items that feel rough,
break or rust easily. A rule of thumb: If a product's description
involves jargon you don't recognize, conduct a simple Web search
on the unfamiliar terms. It could save you from buying replacement
items sooner than you'd like.
8. Do ask that your address
remains hidden from guests but on file. Guests
don't need to know your mailing address to send
you a gift, and that way strangers can't find
out where you live, says Naylor.
9. Do appoint a reliable person
to check on your house while you're honeymooning. "You
don't want a bunch of Crate & Barrel boxes sitting out on
your porch," says Naylor.
10. Do consider keeping duplicate
gifts, says Becker. That second set of drinking glasses
might come in handy when some start breaking, for instance.
Ultimately, remember that registries are meant to
make your guests' lives easier by providing them with a wish list,
but they are by no means bound to that list or obligated to buy
you anything. That said, according to Becker, "Look at the
things that you need, treat yourself to things you might not need,
and don't be afraid to think outside the box."
Modern wedding registries are going beyond towels
and toasters. To learn about the trends in wedding registries, see
wedding registry ideas."