When should I set up my wedding registries? Our engagement party is next month. Is that too soon? - Chelsea, Jackson, MS

You can register whenever you wish, but just so you know, guests aren't required to bring a gift to an engagement party. Some guests might bring gifts for the host or hostess, such as a bottle of wine. That being said, it is usually best to register sooner, rather than later. It can be time-consuming, and it isn't something you want to do at the last minute. Some of your guests will prefer to shop early. Especially if you have a long engagement, some of your friends and family might also look to your wedding registry for gift ideas for other occasions, such as birthdays and graduations.

Remember to check in with your registry on a regular basis, so that you can ensure you have items on the list at varied price points. If guests only see large ticket items on your registry and it is out of their budget, they are more likely to purchase something they find on their own. Particularly if you are setting up a household for the first time, there are many things that you will find useful at all different prices. Don't overwhelm your guests by registering for everything at once, but rather just keep tabs on your registry list and add items as necessary.


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