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The Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts When Creating Your Wedding Registry

Here at Zola, we see thousands upon thousands of wedding registries daily, and we’ve started to notice a trend – some are more successful than others. Registering for your wedding can seem like a daunting task, which is why we’ve gathered our top tricks from the most successful registries we’ve encountered, to help you create a wedding registry that’s a winner!

1. DO start earlier rather than later.
Oftentimes couples wait to pull the trigger on publishing their wedding registry because they’re worried it’s not quite right. Great news: it doesn’t have to be perfect! With Zola, you can edit your registry at any point. And if someone buys you a gift that you change your mind about, you can virtually exchange it before it ships. Your guests may want to buy you an engagement or shower present, so the sooner you have it up, the better.

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2. DON’T be afraid to ask for cash.
Planning a dream honeymoon or saving up for a home? These days, it’s totally acceptable to ask for donations towards your future life together – some guests even prefer the option of donating funds!  Get inspired with our assortment of pre-made cash funds, or create your own custom fund. Bonus? Zola has the lowest cash fee around.

3. DO register for enough gifts.
One of the most common mistakes we see is when couples simply don’t have enough to choose from on their wedding registry. Guests love options, so having a variety of gifts in different price points is key. Our Planner feature does the work for you – simply plug in an estimate of the number of guests invited to your wedding, and we’ll tell you how many gifts you need in different price points!gifts

4. DO personalize it. 
With Zola, you not only get your own custom URL to share with your guests, but you will also get to customize your page to fit you and your partner’s style. Choose from a gorgeous array of cover photos, or upload your own. Include a couple’s photo and a personalized welcome greeting for your guests to see. You can even include notes on your gifts, indicating why you chose them!

5. DON’T hesitate to ask your newly married friends for advice.
Definitely use your friends who just went through this process as a resource! They probably will have some valuable advice about what they’re glad they registered for, what they barely use, and what they wish they’d included.

6. DO register for what you actually want. 
If you don’t have a need for fancy china and don’t have room for a set of crystal, then skip it! This is your registry and no one else’s. Take an inventory of what the two of you already have, and use our Registry Checklist to see what else you really need.

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7. DO keep track of your gifts. 
Zola’s Gift Tracker page is the perfect way to manage your presents, all in one spot. Virtually exchange gifts, opt to have them shipped, and transfer your funds directly into your bank account. Gift Tracker even features a Thank-You Manager to make writing your notes a breeze.

8. DON’T forget to utilize the App. 
Zola has apps for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, so you can create and manage your wedding registry from anywhere, anytime. It even includes a barcode scanner so you can add anything you see while out and about.

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9. DO have fun with it!
This is your time to create the registry of your dreams. Don’t be afraid to ask for help (that’s what our Registry Advisor is for!), and enjoy the experience of building it together.

10. DON’T fret if you don’t receive everything on your list.
Chances are, not everything will be purchased off of your registry. That’s why Zola’s Completion Discount is so great –  for an entire year after your wedding, you will receive 10% off of anything you purchase on Zola. This applies to both items on your wedding registry and across the whole site, so you can fill in the missing gaps!

Images || (Feat.) Charlotte Magazine, (1) Wedding Bells, (2) Zola, (3) Art Weddings, (4) Zola

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