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#1 boscobel

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    Posted 12 July 2007 - 04:55 PM

    I did a search to see if I found anything like this, but I didn't see it. Granted, it was a QUICK search!

    How soon is too soon to register? I am not getting married for 10 more months, but we sent the STD's out a few weeks ago and my mom said that she has already gotten phone calls about where we were registered. I assumed I had PLENTY of time before we needed to do that...

    #2 BayBug

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      Posted 12 July 2007 - 04:57 PM

      We registered 6 months before our wedding date. People kept asking so we just did it to get it over with. Surprisingly enough it takes time.

      #3 CourtneyV

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        Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:03 PM

        I dunno - is there a "too soon"?? We're not registering, but this honestly has never crossed my mind, and probably wouldn't have even if we were!! I think you can register whenever you want, as long as you register for things that won't be "outdated" by the time your wedding rolls around (e.g. anything really trendy, or some electronics... etc)
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        #4 LisaG

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          Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:04 PM

          It takes so long. I registered on-line first so that when I took my FI he wouldn't get frustrated with having to fill out all he paper work. You can really do most of it on-line. I remember being in Macy's for 3 hours registering....and only got a few towels from there....everything else came from Target - - argh!!!

          #5 jak27

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            Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:06 PM

            I would register as soon as possible. I swear, I had people asking me about where we were registered immediately after we got engaged...we didn't even know where we were going to get married!

            But it's good to get an early start, and then you can alter along the way, plus keep a running list of things you think of that you do need or don't need, that you don't think about in the store or online.

            #6 rodent


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              Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:09 PM

              This was years ago so maybe the system is better. When people would register at target too early, their items would get rearranged & not get updated on their registry so nothing was on the right aisle. Also, a lot of stuff would go out of stock. I don't think you are as likely to run into this problem at a department store. If you are registering at target, maybe you could update it later. They may have fixed the problem too. I haven't used a registry in over 3 years because I'm always flying to the wedding so I just give giftcards or a chack.

              #7 NHPT

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                Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:15 PM

                we registered like 11 months before the wedding- which i thought was lucicrous- but football season was starting and matt wasn;t going to have a free weekend- well it turned out to be great that we got it done so early. and after you finsh the "initial" set-up you can easily add/delete from the internet
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                #8 Can'tHardlyWait

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                  Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:18 PM

                  We (and I use the word "we" very loosely because I don't remember my FI having to smile politely at the Bloomingdales woman for 3 hours) registered about a month after our engagement. We didnt think we had to for a while because we didnt have a wedding date, but a lot of friends and family wanted to get engagement gifts. It really does take a long time to do depending on how many stores you use. My advice is definitely to take it one store at a time. I think we started with one registry and ended up with 4, but it took us over 2 months to be completely done with it. Also, don't forget to check your registries every week or so. Lot's of stuff "expires" so you have to be ready to replace it. The best thing you can do is ask the sales people what items are seasonal and what items are there permanently.

                  #9 LCBride2007


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                    Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:24 PM

                    we weren't originally going to register for anything. then when my MIL and SILs said they wanted to throw me a shower (wasn't going to have one), they convinced me to register. so we probably registered in April ,since the shower was in May, for our June wedding.

                    #10 Spazz

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                      Posted 12 July 2007 - 05:47 PM

                      I registered a few weeks ago for my May wedding next year. I read in some etiquette book that you're not supposed to register until at least 8 months before the wedding, but I don't know of anyone who follows that rule. I'm just going to check online every once in awhile to see if the stores changed inventory and stopped selling something I registered for. I tried to do it myself (trust me...easier than bringing Mike!!!) and it was a little overwhelming, so I went back with my mom. At Bed Bath & Beyond, they gave me a list of about 300 items that you are "supposed" to register for, so it gets a little crazy trying to figure out where to start. Good luck!

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