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Don't wait until the last minute to think about your wedding registry! From the moment you get engaged, there will be engagement parties, bridal showers, and other get-togethers where guests will want to give you presents, and giving them an idea of what to get you makes it much easier for them. Even though wedding gifts are not required, most of the people you know and love will want to get you and your new fiance a little something to start your married life off right. And the best way to make sure you actually get what you need is with wedding registries. Not sure how to start? Register at two to three stores, and make sure at least one of them is a national chain or has a website that out-of-state guests can access. Next, check out our Wedding Registry Checklist to make sure you don't forget any of the basics. That being said, don't be afraid to register for specialty items if they are what you really need or if you already have the basics covered. We know of couples who have registered for everything from special cooking tools to TVs, so don't be shy! It's also important to make sure you hit all price points to cover every guest's budget options. Finally, don't forget thank-you cards! Start writing thank-you notes as soon as the registry gifts start arriving to make the task less daunting in the long run -- you don't want to wait until the end and have over 100 cards to write at once!
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