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Wedding Registry and Gift Etiquette

When you first start creating your wedding registry, you might not know where to begin. Many newly engaged couples are not sure when they should start or what home items they can ask for. But if you are feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! Almost every couple has a few questions about creating their wedding registry -- and they have relied on The Knot for definitive, expert answers to them all! On this page, you will find tips and suggestions for getting through some of the trickiest wedding registry issues. We will let you know if it is okay to register for your engagement party or wedding shower, whether or not you can ask for money instead of gifts, and whether or not you can use your wedding gifts before the wedding. If you are going to a wedding and are not sure what to give, we have advice for you too! We have wedding gift ideas for your boss, suggestions for wedding gifts on a budget, and we will let you know if it is acceptable to buy wedding gifts the couple did not register for. Get all the help you need here, and in case you do not see your question answered, feel free to submit additional questions to Carley. You just might see your question and answer show up on our site!

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My fiance and I recently registered at two department stores, and we're having a bit of a problem when it comes to letting guests know where we're registered. How do we let people know?

The only way to let people know is to tell them. It may seem impractical and frustrating -- to wait for people to ask -- but there it is. Just make sure your parents, wedding party, and other close friends and family know where you're registered so when people ask them, they can let them know... read more

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