Wedding gift registers

Guests wish Catherine Lyness and Nigel Anderson well after they were married on a Lake Wanaka...
Guests wish Catherine Lyness and Nigel Anderson well after they were married on a Lake Wanaka beach near Glendhu Bay in March this year. Photo by Ruth Brown, Fluid Photo.
Some wedding guests love shopping for a present for the bridal couple; others have difficult, anxious times choosing.Wedding gift registers are great for the latter group as well as for the many couples who have already set up house together or who combine the effects of two households when they marry.The concept of the wedding gift registry is simple. The couple go to a gift shop or department store of their preference and, with a member of staff, compile a list of gifts they would like. The retail outlet then prints the list and gives out special cards that can be sent with the wedding invitations, announcing where the register is held.

Some stores run an online register, which is particularly handy for guests and well-wishers living in different towns or countries. Through the website, arrangements can be made to order and pay for the gift as well as have it sent directly to the bride and groom or the buyer.

Sometimes the situation arises that guests just do not feel comfortable about buying any of the list's items. They may be in the wrong price bracket or are felt to be too practical. In this case staff can assist by making suggestions.

The list is preferably drawn up not too far from the time the invitations are sent, as this cuts down the risk of a particular item selling in the meantime. Once an item from the list has been purchased as a gift it is removed from the register to avoid double buying.


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