Wedding Registry Etiquette
Posted on: June 27, 2016

Wedding Registry Etiquette


Today’s wedding registries aren’t always as straightforward as those from weddings of the past. Be sure to keep these wedding guest registry etiquette topics in mind as you decide how to approach this aspect of your big day.

Consider What You Need

Rule number one with wedding registry etiquette is that even if you feel like you already have everything you need, your guests still want to give you a gift. So take stock of what you have to see if there are any areas you may have overlooked where guests could contribute to your household, such as:

  • Outdoor décor, like landscaping fixtures or patio furniture
  • Tools, like electric saws, lawn mowers and snow blowers
  • Guest room supplies, like extra bedding, an air mattress or spare towels
  • Furniture, like a new bedroom set or a desk for a home office
  • Travel gear, like camping tents or luggage

Make Things Easy


It’s considered good etiquette to make your wedding registry as simple as possible for your guests. The less work they have to do, the better. Here are some ideas:

  • Have your close family and friends get the word out about where you’re registered. You can also include this info on your wedding website.
  • Choose at least one store with easy online ordering. Offer the option to have gifts shipped directly to your home so guests don’t need to wrap it and bring it to the wedding.
  • Select registry items in a range of prices so every guest can find something that fits their budget.

Creative Registry Solutions

wedding gift photo

If you like to think outside the box, you may be interested in offering one of these options for your wedding registry:

  • Honeymoon fund
  • Home fund
  • Baby fund
  • Donations to charity

If you choose one of these registries, it is considered good etiquette to also register at a traditional store too so your more “old-fashioned” guests will have an option that they are more comfortable with.

What Not to Do

Looking to avoid a registry faux pas? These are the big no-no’s when it comes to registering for wedding gifts:

  • Don’t include registry information on your invitations.
  • Don’t ask for cash.
  • Always send a thank you note.

Now that you know all about wedding registry etiquette, you’re ready for the fun part: picking out the items to include on your list!