As a newly-appointed maid of honor, you’ll likely be a mixed bag of emotions: ecstatic, overwhelmed, anxious, honored…you name it, you’re probably feeling it. You’ll be put in charge of many aspects of planning the wedding, which will often include putting together the registries. This may seem like a simple task, but every bride and groom is different, and each couple should be carefully considered individually when it comes to determining what gifts are best. Start by sitting them down and having a chat to figure out what it is they really want and need, no matter how well you think you know them.
Browse, Browse, Browse
Many couples will have already purchased most of the larger items for their home, such as a bed, couch, tables, dressers, and cabinets. You may decide to focus the first registry on smaller items that are a bit less traditional, but perhaps fit the couple better. Is the couple always laughing and being goofy? Is a perfect night to them cooking together, having a couple beers, and watching an old movie? Do they love to be outside? You might consider décor items like personalized artwork and frames, or perhaps go for ideas that are a bit more DIY. Looking through various gift pages (what’s YOUR bride’s favorite?) will serve as a great starting point to gather a grouping of items the bride and groom would love.
Capitalize On Traditions
In today’s world, many people have taxing jobs and rarely get to travel, so the honeymoon is an exciting chance to get away. You could allow guests to contribute to this special trip, and put together a registry of travel-related essentials. The registry can include his and hers luggage sets, personalized luggage tags and passport holders, or travel “emergency” kits for each of them that feature a variety of toiletries and other pampering products. You can even take this a step further and give guests the opportunity to have a hand in planning the trip. Come up with a list of activities the bride and her fiancé would both love, and give guests the option to purchase one of these as a gift to be enjoyed on the honeymoon. Depending on where the couple is traveling, you could include things like couple’s massages at one of their hotels, a trip to a vineyard or a bike tour around local historical sites.
Think Outside the Blender Box
In addition to gift registries for the home and the honeymoon, you can create a registry that’s a bit more alternative, but that will speak directly to some of the bride and groom’s favorite things to do. If they love watching movies, give guests the opportunity to purchase a membership for the bride and groom at their local independent theater, where they can attend screenings and other events, or a month-long membership from Movie Pass, where they can see any movie at any theater. If the bride and groom both like to cook, guests could sponsor them for a cooking class together.
So long as you keep the bride and groom in mind, though, you can’t really go wrong—the thought you put into it will be evident and appreciated.