I'm one of those people who use the Pinterest app religiously! Any time I have a new idea or an event coming up, heck, even when I want to redecorate my living room three times in one week (yes, guilty for that) I just open my handy Pinterest and go nuts! I could seriously spend HOURS on there if I had the free time. But who am I kidding, I'm chasing a toddler all hours of the day!
But back to the Pinterest talk. So recently I got engaged (YAY!) and one of the first things I did was hop online to get going on wedding EVERYTHING. I totally forgot that you have to register! Which I'm definitely not complaining about but I never know where to go for those things. My favorite store popped into my head, Target of course. But I'm a huge online shopper and I shop everywhere. Literally. I find one thing at World Market and then speed over to Etsy and grab a few things for Owen. Then I go back to Target, and maybe check out Hobby Lobby online, you get what I'm saying. So my whole problem was, am I even going to be able to choose ONE STORE? One?! How do people choose one store for their registry! I love Target but you can't find handmade decor there, or items from around the world. Plus another issue that comes up, is we have a majority of indoor things already. Maybe not super expensive things, but we have the necessities. Our main focus for 2017 is our wedding, and buying our first home.
If any of ya'll have done either of those two things, you KNOW it's pricy. 2017 is going to be one heck of a year for us! I heard about people veto-ing the registry all together, and just asking for money to help with the house buying process. And I've also heard of people just doing a honeymoon fund. That WOULD be nice, but the honeymoon isn't even my concern at this point. So while I was doing some searching online, I came across this totally awesome site called MyRegistry.com. Ummmm, have you seen this thing?! You can literally add ANY ITEM from ANY STORE online. And the best part about it, is you can add the option of a house fund or honeymoon fund onto your list!!
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That's it. The wedding Gods have spoken. I can't believe I didn't know about this site! For all you shoppers out there who are just as obsessed as I am, this is your Go-To. For my registry (Yes, I already started my registry and my wedding isn't until September. I was too excited!) I added a "New House Fund" at the very top of my registry. Before any items pop up. So that way a guest can go on there and either choose to put money into the house fund or decide to buy something we added to our list. And it just gets So. Much. Better.
As the crazy Pinner that I am, I instantly searched wedding registries when I got engaged. But almost every single one had something in common: They had all the same stuff on every registry check list! Boo! I come from a very outdoorsy family who would probably rather live outside all year than inside. And what caught my eye was none of those registries had a single outdoor item on them. They were all filled with kitchen utensils, salad bowls, pots and pans, towels and bed sheets. Come on guys! You know you want more than just that! So I took it upon myself to create a super fun wedding registry that had the option of adding to our hobby/outdoorsy side! Let me break it down for you. I made a NEW checklist. For anyone who love to be outside and do all sorts of crazy fun things. I'd much rather want my friends and family to help purchase camping equipment and hiking gear. I have what I need in the kitchen. Let's bring it outside! The list I made is basically items that you don't want to forget when you get hitched. Throw these on your list and you'll be set!
If you want a printable copy of this checklist, click HERE.
Seriously, if you're getting married and you still haven't made a wedding registry, GO NOW! I added a link here to make it easier for you so all you have to do is click on it and it takes you right to the site! Also if you love to be outdoors like me, you can pick any store that your heart desires! If you want a tent from REI, go for it! If you decide you need to probably start thinking about your yard or if something in your house breaks, hey, you can add a power tool set and a drill from Home Depot. Or if you're the type of couple who loves to host events and parties, add some games from Amazon! A Bocce Ball or Disc Golf set would be used so much more than the expensive china set that your aunt buys for you... Hint hint. (Register for what you REALLY want!) After all, you'll be the one coming back from your honeymoon to a house full of things that you are going to want to USE.
If you're the kind of parents who have 3 kids and NEED a break... Add a couples massage to your list! From ANY spa you'd like! Add Groupon dates and things you've never done before, like a paddle boarding date! If I went on someone's registry to buy them something, and I saw an option to buy the happy couple a date to go paddle boarding and get beers after?! Heck yeah I'd buy that before any kitchen item! You'll thank me later.
It's SO easy to get started! I'm loving the fact that I'm making my registry right now as we speak & I have added items from so many stores. It also helps with people who can't make it to your wedding, they have so many options to choose from and aren't limited to just going to a store that they might not live near. AND, the guests can have any of the gifts sent directly to YOUR house! For those out of staters, you KNOW it's a good idea! Don't forget to add the honeymoon fund/new house fund to your registry for the extra option if guests prefer to help with that instead. Now go have some fun creating your awesome registry!