Registry Tips

Registering for your wedding gifts is a ton of fun! Who doesn’t love picking our items for yourself?! You can register at so many unique places now thanks to the Internet! I know brides who have registered at Amazon, Pottery Barn Kids (okay that was me!) and Campmor! Choosing the right registry source is an important decision. You want a store that is available to your guests, convenient for purchases, offers a large variety of choices and major perks for you. Checking the return policy is crucial!!! You will have duplicates and things you need to bring back. Below are some of my registry top picks and tips!

 

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Recap of Registry Tips:

 

  • Choose a store that is available to all of your guests. Amazon.com has an awesome registry but keep in mind some of your older guests will be less likely to buy online. You will want to choose a second store to accommodate those guests.
  • Check the return policy!
  • Check out the perks they offer you (coupons, discounts, rewards, free products) and any special registry events. I registered during a registry event at Fortunoffs (before they closed!) and walked out with a $50 gift card, a king size down comforter and a belly full of appetizers and drinks!
  • Register at 2 stores to give guests options (3 or more becomes overwhelming and looks tacky).
  • Check if your store accepts coupons and has good sales.
  • Register for enough items for each guest (100 guests, 100 items). Some guests will chip in on larger gifts and some will make baskets of less expensive items.
  • Register for gifts that fit in a range of prices (you don’t want to register for too many big tickets items or tons of little inexpensive items).
  • Register for extra sets of everyday dishes, glasses and silverware. One day you may have kids and that means at least one of your sets will go missing or be destroyed. It’s nice to have replacements on hand!
  • Think about your future home. If you are not currently living in your dream home, it can’t hurt to daydream and shop for the future “forever” home. This means choosing extra bath decor for future bathrooms and dining room decor even if you don’t currently have a dining room! My husband and I went from a 1.5 bathroom condo to a 3 bedroom house. I had an extra bathroom set from our wedding registry that came in handy!
  • Think seasonal. Do you have platters for holidays? Do you plan on having outdoor entertaining? Little things like ice buckets and bread baskets really come in handy.
  • Look through your cookbooks. If you enjoy cooking or are planning on learning, skim through some of your cookbooks for equipment ideas. I saw that a “zester” came up often in mine so I added the $5 item to my registry. It comes in handy…so does my flour sifter and my apple peeler!
  • Bring a friend or your mom. It is nice to have company with you and not all future spouses (aka men) can handle the hours you may take inspecting ever possible registry item. Bring someone who has the same shopping tolerance as you and make a day of it!

 

 

 

I am a huge fan of Macys for a wedding registry. On the guest side, Macys usually has everything in stock and makes it easy to order items that aren’t. Macys also accepts coupons and has awesome sales both online and in store so you are sure to give your guests some affordable gift options. Macys can be found nationwide and can locate even some items that were moved to clearance.

 

From the view of the bride and groom to be…you get these perks if you register with Macys Registry Rewards Program (you need a Macys Charge Card for this!):

  • 5% of the total amount purchased from your registry on a gift card (I bought Christmas presents with my $300 gift card and my best friend bought a Dyson vacuum!) You will receive the gift card 30-45 days after your wedding date
  • 10% of your personal Macys purchases made with your Macys charge will go on that same rewards gift card
  • a 10% discount on jewelry (think bridal party gifts and wedding accessories)
  • two $20 off a $50 purchase coupons sent to you monthly
  • 10% off purchases made from the Macys bridal salon (this includes flower girl dresses, bridesmaid dresses, veils and more!)
  • a very simple return policy (I returned some china two years after the wedding and received store credit without an issue)
  • perks for registering for certain products- I received a Villeroy and Boch tray, stainless steel measuring cups from All Clad, kitchen sheers from Wusthof Knives all for free because I registered for their products through Macys (I only registered for a pair of tongs from All Clad!)

 

Kohls also has some great rewards and perks for their brides to be.

  • *You get 10% of registry purchases back in rewards (up to $200).
  • 15% discount on remaining registry items
  • 20% off $100 coupons for guests
  • special coupon offers
  • free gifts when you register for certain products! Learn more about the free gifts here!

Learn more about Kohls Registry Rewards here!

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photo from Kohls.com

 

Kohls is offering a promotion to all future brides to be who sign up for a wedding registry. Brides to be that create a qualified registry with 15 or more items and use the promo code MS WEDDINGS receive a coupon after 14 days for $25 off a $25 purchase (according to an ad in Martha Stewart Weddings and Kohls wedding mailers)! This means some free items possibly for your big day!

Kohls also has some great registry perks. Brides receive a 15% discount on remaining registry items and 10% or items purchased from their registry back on a gift card! The gift card cannot exceed $200 but at Kohls, $200 will get you a good amount! To take full advantage of the discounts Kohls has to offer, you should sign up for the Kohls Charge. I am not a credit card person but I do have this one because the discounts really add up. Kohls also has an amazing return policy which is great because you will receive doubles!

Kohls also offers FREE GIFTS when you register for certain items! I did this at Macys when I was a bride to be and I earned tons of free useful items. I love that Kohls has a similar program (wish I knew back then!). Check out the free gift list here!

Your guests also get a 20% off coupon for registry purchases of $100 or more. They will certainly appreciate that! Remember, registries are always free so it can’t hurt to check out the different programs and window shop. See more information on different wedding registry programs here.

Please be honorable and only create a wedding registry if you really have a big day coming up. These great deals won’t exist for brides to be if people misuse them! Be sure to add at least 15 items and use the code MSWEDDINGS! Happy shopping!

 

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We have all seen her…the flower girl who can’t handle her dress. It’s itchy…it’s heavy and chances are…it was expensive! In many bridal shops, flower girl dresses can cost just as much as a bridesmaid gown!

My number one tip that is embedded in most of my posts is that avoiding the “bridal” label will help you save money and find the perfect items for your big day…and flower girl dresses are no exception!

Your best bet for beautiful, inexpensive flower girl dresses that a flower girl will WANT to wear is to look at your department stores starting now through the summer. With Easter and Communion season approaching, there are many beautiful and inexpensive dresses available for toddlers-girls sizes (many available in both!). You also can use coupons, free shipping offers, easy returns, discount codes and of course Ebates to save even more on these dresses. If you wait until the Communion season is over, you can also find many flower girl worthy Communion dresses for less than $20!

 

The flower girl dresses were only $30! I found them at Macys in the spring section. They were comfortable and the girls wore them again after the wedding!

The flower girl dresses were only $30! I found them at Macys in the spring section. They were comfortable and the girls wore them again after the wedding!

My favorite stores for flower girls dresses are Macys, Kohls and Kmart/Sears. Most of these dresses are less than $50 BEFORE coupons! That’s more than 50% off the typical bridal salon flower girl dress! Plus they are usually lighter and more comfortable too….and at least it won’t hurt so much if your flower girl decides to put pajamas on right after the ceremony =)

My favorite designers for inexpensive flower girl dresses are Bonnie Jean, Princess Faith, American Princess, Rare Editions and Jayne Copeland. Jayne Copeland dresses are great if you want the flower girls to incorporate color into the ceremony and not be a mini version of the bride. Bonnie Jean and Rare Editions both offer plain white dresses and dresses that are either colorful or have some details in color. The possibilities for a dress under $50 are plenty!

Here are some of my current picks!

 

Macys (6% cash back at Macys through Ebates)

 

This Jayne Copeland dress is only $57.99 (at time of post) BEFORE coupons! Plus it is in the 2014 wedding trend color…blush pink! (2014 Wedding Trends Coming Soon!)

This is a Bonnie Jean and one of my favorites for a spring or summer wedding. The detail is beautiful and the price is nice…$49.99 (for big girls) and $46.99 (for little girls) at the time of post BEFORE discounts!

More on the pricey side, this Rare Editions dress comes in at $69.99 BEFORE discounts.

Kohls (6% Cash Back through Ebates)

Kohls has an AWESOME return policy in case you need to switch sizes! It is easy to return online items in the store. You also can earn Kohls Cash on these purchases during special promotion periods!

This American Princess Gown is only $46.40 for girls and $36.40 for toddlers BEFORE discounts at time of post!

 

This American Princess dress is also $46.30 BEFORE discounts and is available in the 2014 trending color…blush!

This Princess Faith dress is simple and elegant. It is $56.00 for the big girl sizes BEFORE discounts and also available in ivory.

 

This American Princess toddler dress is only $36.40 BEFORE discounts and available in older girl sizes for a fraction more.

 

 

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Living Social Promo Code= 10% off Jan- Feb 3rd!

I am a HUGE Living Social fan! I find so many great things to do with my kids through their site. Brides to be and bridal parties can also find awesome pampering packages, getaway deals and even photo booth packages to help make the big day more memorable and affordable! You can also use promo codes on AMAZING getaways too (hellooooooo honeymoon!) Here is a promo code to help make those deals a little sweeter!

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Click the link below to find a deal and save! Remember, if you share a deal you purchase with friends and family…your deal is free is three of them purchase the same deal! Woo hoo!


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