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Creating your wedding registry

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Creating your wedding registry is one of the more fun things to do when you’re planning your dream wedding. And with the massive collection of online shops on the internet these days, the possibilities are endless.

But, before you dive right in and add a million things to your wishlist, here are things you should know about wedding gift registries.

P[anning your wedding registry

Before you start your wedding registry search

Going on the quest of finding gifts to add to your list can become overwhelming. You might find yourself at a later point, where you just mindlessly add things to your wedding registry search list – even if you don’t really need it.

You will soon be flooded with questions like “how do I know which gifts I should add?” and “how many gifts should I add and in which price ranges?”

You will find the Wedding Registry Kit very useful because it will help you to decide which items to add, how many of them, and in which price range so that it suits all of your wedding guests’ pockets. It also comes with a checklist of over 30 items, and a wedding registry ideas list.

The difference between a bridal registry and a wedding registry

Another confusing thing about searching for wedding registry gift ideas is the difference between a bridal registry and a wedding registry.

The bridal registry is a gift list you set up for the bridal shower. In contrast, the wedding registry includes gifts your guests can buy for the wedding – and may include gifts for the groom, too.

The great thing about having both is that many guests will buy gifts for one or both occasions. So you can just add the gifts from your bridal registry which you haven’t received, to your wedding registry.

Finding stores for your registry

How to locate wedding registry stores

Another way to go hunting for wedding registry gift, is by finding wedding registry stores which provide a service.

You can find these stores by either going online to their websites, or by going to the mall and asking at each store’s help desk or customer services desk.

Most large homeware stores have them, and you can easily go to their website and add things you want on your wedding registry list.

You can create your gift registry online

The most convenient way to add gifts to your wedding list is by creating your gift registry online. We are all connected to the web nowadays, which makes it even easier to create your wedding registry from the comfort of your own couch.

There are many online wedding registries which will make it easy for you to add gifts from different stores to one place. You can then share the link to your wedding guests, either through your wedding website or by printing it on your wedding stationery and including it in the wedding invitation.

The best collective online registry where you can add items from multiple stores is the one provided by The Knot. The Knot also makes it super easy for you to add your Honeyfund account to your wedding registry – which you can share to your wedding guests and add to your wedding website!

Create your registry on line

Where to find wedding gift registry ideas

Save yourself all the trouble of searching for wedding gift registry ideas, by firstly creating your Honeyfund account. Your wedding guests will love the unique idea of contributing to your honeymoon in any way they choose to. When you’ve created a wedding website, you can simply add your Honeyfund account link to it, so that your wedding guests can start contributing.

Next, look on Pinterest for more unique wedding gift registry ideas, and be sure to look out for posts that tell you what NOT to add to your wedding registry!

Can you have more than one wedding registry?

Of course, you can!

If you like many things at different stores, you can simply add them to your wedding registry online, or you can have a registry at multiple stores.

However, don’t list the stores of the entire mall in your wedding registry info! If you want to add more than one store, limit yourself to 2 to 3 choices, at most.

Wedding registry selections

Can you have a wedding registry if you’re having a destination wedding?

The answer is yes!

I would suggest that you consider a registry fund, rather than listing homeware items, because it might seem rude to your guests if you have a destination wedding – which you know most guests won’t be able to attend – and then ask them to buy you expensive gifts…

That is why Honeyfund is so perfect! It will allow your wedding guests to contribute to your dream wedding, by adding a little something to your honeymoon. It is still a wedding gift, but it is a more subtle way to ask for it…

Gifts & destination weddings

BIO: Tanya Viljoen is a wedding expert who chose to help brides who plan their own wedding, as well as wedding planners who are new to the industry. She has completed her Advanced Wedding Planning & Styling Course at The SA School of Weddings in 2016 and now owns a very successful wedding blog: The Wedding Club.

 

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Consider a Maine wedding venueThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

There are only a few necessities when it comes to planning a wedding these days. Almost all elements of a wedding are completely optional, but the one key choice that must be made when planning your nuptials is the choice of wedding venue. If you don’t have a dream location in mind from the start, finding the perfect spot to say I do! can be challenging.

Here in Maine, there are so many different kinds of wedding venues to consider, and they all offer their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Take it from us here at French’s Point Estate, finding the right venue takes time and patience. To help you in your venue search, here are a few helpful tips for finding just the right spot for your wedding.

Talk to your intended about wedding planning

Talk To Your Intended About Your Ideal Wedding Venue

Before you ask your family and friends for input on what kind of a wedding experience they think you should have, head to your favorite restaurant or bar and have a heart-to-heart discussion with your love about wedding venue. Compare your vision of the experience you’ll be offering your guests, discuss your priorities, define the geographical regions to be considered, establish a rough guest list size, and determine a budget for this event before you do anything else. This will help you stay true to what you want for this experience, help you save time, help make your search far more focused, and allow you to both participate in the process as you can find a venue the suits you as a couple!

Talk To Your Friends And Read Reviews

Chances are, someone you know was married recently or maybe you recently attended a wedding.  Ask friends and family for the names of locations that they have experience with or know about. There is nothing better than first-hand knowledge from someone you trust when making a choice like this. The next best thing is to get feedback from other couples that have been married at the venues you’re interested in. Take the time to read real reviews from past couples.

Work with your wedding planner

Talk to Wedding Planners

Once you have narrowed in on your choice of preferred geography and have a sense of your vision, budget and priorities, reach out to a wedding planner for help. A regional wedding planner has excellent knowledge of the available options in a location, especially if you are not familiar with the landscape.  Experienced planners can make easy work of the wedding venue search. Some planners like Heather Cuzzi of Maine-based Cairn Events offer the wedding venue search as a stand-alone service, so you don’t have to commit to a full planning contract if you are unsure of the location and date for your event.  In Maine, we have an incredible community of Maine-based wedding planners you can use as a resource to start your search.

Examine sales materials

Review Sales Materials

Take the time to review the website and read the emails and documents you receive from the venues you inquire with before you schedule tours. You may save time and energy if you avoid exploring options that do not align with your needs, vision, and budget.

Schedule Calls

Before you schedule a tour of venues you have interest in, schedule a call to talk with the sales office for these venues you are considering. This is a wonderful way to determine if your expectations and needs can be met by a venue. If a venue is slow to reply to your emails and calls, will they provide you with the attention and service you deserve on your wedding day? Are they willing to invest time getting to know you and do they care about your vision for your celebration? Do they offer the capacity you need for your wedding event, rain or shine? Do you have good chemistry with the person you are communicating with?

These considerations will all be important on your wedding day if you choose to work with this venue.

Examine wedding venues

Make a Short List

Make a short list of two to four venues and take the time to tour them in person, if you are able.  If you have family or friends in the region being considered, and you can’t tour yourself, ask them to visit for you. At French’s Point, many of our couples reserve our venue sight-unseen. They can do so with confidence after viewing our virtual tours, website, checking out our Pinterest boards, and talking with us.

Send out save the date cards

Reserve your Date

Once you have found the right location, don’t delay! Book your date so you send out save-the-date notices, and so your guests have time to make their travel plans to join you. You can enjoy a good selection of available vendors for the rest of your vendor team if you book your venue early.

There is a perfect wedding venue for every couple. Now that you have the tools to find your perfect fit, we know you will enjoy the experience.

Looking for a convenient way to finance your dream wedding? Consider a honeymoon registry from Honeyfund.

Author Bio:

Jessika Brooks-Brewer, is the owner of French’s Point, a beautiful oceanfront estate located on the coast of Maine. She strives to assist her couples in crafting memorable, meaningful celebrations that mirror their vision of the experience they wish to create for family and friends to enjoy with them. When she’s not working with couples, she is working with the Maine wedding community in an effort to connect business owners with resources to help strengthen those businesses, to provide better experiences for couples and promote growth and opportunity for Maine as a domestic destination wedding region.

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