With the health, safety, and economic well-being of millions of Americans at risk, it has become difficult for some to continue planning for the future. This is especially true for wedding planning. Although engaged couples are waiting to see what the “new normal” will look like and how it will affect their wedding plans, there is at least one thing that couples can continue to perfect from the comfort of home – their wedding registry.
Considering that most people shop online, it’s safe to assume that couples who are engaged to get married have already registered with an online store. Traditional wedding registry etiquette suggests that couples should register within two to three weeks of becoming engaged in case friends and family would like to send an engagement gift right away.
But what gifts should couples start with? Sheltering in place is the perfect excuse for pairs to take a survey of the items that they already own. What would they like to upgrade? And more importantly, what new items would they like to acquire?
After taking a proper survey of their belongings, couples can begin their research to see what’s all the rage in wedding registries. Like fashion, tabletop goods are subject to trends, reflecting the new and now. Entertaining pieces to easily serve large groups have become popular among newlywed couples this year. Another top trend is versatility. Couples want investment pieces that can also be used for non-traditional applications, such as small bud vases as stylish pen holders for an office or toothbrush holders in a bathroom.
If couples consider themselves more classic than trendy, they should opt for traditional pieces like fine bone china and crystal barware or candlesticks. GEARYS Beverly Hills President and CEO Thomas J. Blumenthal recommends that registries should properly reflect a couple’s entertaining style to assure that the gifts don’t sit unused: “First and foremost, couples should be honest with themselves. Are they keen on hosting formal sit-down gatherings? Or, do they prefer more casual get-togethers around the kitchen island?”
These questions alone help dictate the first gifts that couples should begin including on their registries. Once a couple has determined their entertaining style, they can begin selecting gifts at a variety of price points to be inclusive and mindful of their wedding guests. It’s okay to include a few splurge-worthy items as well. Truly special items that are sentimental and memorable are worth it, and oftentimes high-price items are purchased as group gifts by friends and family.
Although wedding registries require plenty of forethought and consideration, couples can use this time of isolation to focus on crafting a wedding registry that truly reflects them. The benefit of registering with a specialty store such as GEARYS Beverly Hills is the unparalleled customer service and access to a GEARYS Registry Consultants, who are true luxury experts and will be there every step of the planning process – in-person or virtually!