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Let's face it: Everyone loves a good gift, which means registering for your wedding will probably be enjoyable. But just because it's one of the more fun aspects of planning, doesn't mean that couples won't procrastinate doing it. In the hustle and bustle of big-day prep, it's easy to let building your registry fall to the wayside, but it's actually in your best interest to set a specific timeline. If you're wondering when you should get the task done by, consider the following things.

BUILD YOUR PERFECT WEDDING REGISTRY

When Are Your Wedding Events?

Etiquette guides seem to agree that wedding registries should be completed well in advance of you walking down the aisle, and prior to other pre-wedding events. Try to have it done at least four months before your wedding date, and at least one month before your bridal shower. If you're asking for gifts for your engagement party, plan ahead for that too. Of course, don't start advertising your wishlist immediately after you agree to get married. It might give guests the wrong idea!

How Involved Are You in Wedding Planning?

While registering is exciting, it can also be time consuming. The more you have on your to-do list, the more you might want to get it out of the way so that you can focus on other things. Talk through a timeline with your planner or spouse-to-be in order to prioritize responsibilities.

Is Your List Entirely or Mostly Digital?

In many ways, technology has greatly benefited registering couples. Online wishlists can be put together, shared, and modified instantly, which may put you in less of a time crunch.