By Lauren Frankfort, Brides
Creating your wedding registry isn't just about compiling a wishlist of home essentials. This is also the perfect time to discover your style as a couple, talk about your entertaining priorities, and gear up for life after "I do." "Your registry is important, but it's also a chance to have fun and learn some new things about your fiancé!" says Target design partner and celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. To make sure you're equipped -- and that your guests have a variety of gift options for all of your wedding-related events -- we asked Giada to share her tips for having a super successful wedding registry experience. Here, her five tricks for making sure you get gifts you love and will use for a lifetime.
1. Stay True to Yourself
"Stay true to yourself and your style as a couple. You don't need to register for every 'must-have' item on the registry list. Before you get started, sit down as a couple and discuss what you want and need for your home -- the last thing you want to do is register for items you won't use."
2. Start as Soon as Possible
"Set up a registry as soon as you can. Guests can use the registry to select gifts for pre-wedding celebrations, such as showers and engagement parties, as well as for the wedding. The sooner your registry is up and running, the sooner your guests will know what you really want. Target.com/Wedding features a great wedding registry program that offers the solutions and products you want at an incredible price. "
3. Go to the Store
"Don't add products to your registry based solely on the photos and descriptions you see online. Take the time to go into the store to see and touch the items in person. It is important to ensure that what you are putting on your registry reflects the quality and look that you are trying to achieve."
4. Vary Price Points
"It's smart to give guests options. I recommend registering for items at a variety of price points. Keep in mind that your family and friends will have different price points and that some people may want to team up to purchase a higher-priced gift."
5. Plan Ahead
"Plan ahead! Think beyond what you and your fiancé need for just the two of you. You may not be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, but it's very likely you will be feeding a crowd for the holidays or hosting a big dinner party down the road."