Everyone talks about how stressful wedding planning can be and the top topics tend to include guest list dilemmas, budgeting and even drama with mom. But registering can prove stressful too! In fact, 3/4 of brides-to-be find the process overwhelming. You would think that registering would be fun because it’s kind of like the ultimate shopping spree, but when you actually are standing in the store with a scanner in your hand, you realize there’s a lot to think about. That’s why we partnered with Corelle this month for National Registry Month to assist brides with the process. And we put together a few tips to registering….
1. Start early
We recommend starting your registry six months in advance so that friends and family can buy the gifts you really want for engagement parties, showers and the wedding!
2. Create a plan
Discuss and decide the items you and your fiance really want for your home before starting the process. Note what you already have since you’ll likely be consolidating your items.
3. Think quality
Do your research to ensure you are registering for long-lasting, durable products. The new Boutique by Corelle dinnerware collection comes in two designs, Cherish (featured above) and Swept, which are simple but sophisticated. More importantly, the line is break resistant, microwaveable and dishwasher safe — on top of being stylish!
4. Don’t forget the necessities
It might seem boring, but you’re going to need daily kitchen tools beyond the more popular mixers and blenders. Consider registering for brands like Corelle, Pyrex and CorningWare which are reliable, long-lasting brands. Don’t overlook the obvious basics you’ll need!
5. Have fun!
Enjoy the process! While traditional registries are most popular (93% of couples register at national/regional retailers), honeymoon registries continue to grow in popularity, up to 13% in 2012 compared to 11% in 2010. If you have all the household essentials you need, consider this as an alternative. Some of the more popular ones are Honeyfund, Traveler’s Joy and Honeymoon wishes. Charity registries are another great consideration.
To top it all off, Corelle is running a sweepstakes on their Facebook page until May 29 – you can enter to win your entire registry for FREE! Check it out and enter at Facebook.com/corelledining.
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