Ask Dana: Why You Need a Wedding Registry

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“Do we really even need a registry?” It’s the question many couples ask when they start to get fed up with the registry process. Hours spent in department stores, arguments with your beloved over china patterns, and unsolicited advice from guests are not the ingredients to a happy experience. Especially for couples who don’t even need anything found on a traditional registry! But forgoing the registry will cause more problems than it solves. Here’s why you need one.


  1. Make it easy on your guests: It’s a celebration, and guests are going to get you a gift whether you ask for it or not.  And they don’t like roaming through department stores any more than you do!  Guests want to make you happy, and they can only do that if they know what you want.
  2. Make it easy on yourself: So what happens when guests buy you gifts that you didn’t ask for in the first place?  You end up with a whole bunch of stuff you don’t want!  You’ll face hours of time making returns and exchanges, and you’ll inevitably end up with junk that you just don’t know what do with.
  3. Plan for the future: Sure you might think you don’t need 12 fancy table settings or multiple sets of guest towels, but just imagine all the circumstances that come with married life.  There are so many things you can prepare for with a registry.  And if you really think you’ve got everything, your honeymoon and future experiences are the perfect items to add.

There are plenty of reasons that a registry will make your life and your guests’ easier.  But if you’re totally stumped about what to put on it, there’s so much more than just the usual.  Think: your honeymoon, a home down payment, or even charity.  All perfect for a cash gift registry!  Trust us, your guests will be thanking YOU!