1 In-person bridal registry appointments are a must.
One of our favorite parts of our business is the bridal appointments. We greet our guests with a glass of Champagne, a store tour and an explanation of how our registry program works. Then it’s time to pick out their items. We spend time mixing and matching china patterns and pairing them with table linen options. We pick out everyday dishes and flatware and build the dream bar. Many of our brides and grooms have said the in-person registry experience was one of their favorite parts of their wedding planning process.
2 China—trust us, you want it.
We always encourage our brides and grooms to register for china. The reality is, what we carry is not your grandmother’s china. We keep it fresh and fun by showing couples a variety of different brands and patterns to create a place setting that makes them excited to set a table for any occasion. Inheriting dishes? Bring them to your bridal appointment. We love the idea of incorporating the old with the new.
3 Know your guests.
We understand the appeal of a honeymoon or first home fund, but the reality of it is that a portion of your guest list will feel more comfortable sending you a physical gift rather than giving cash. This is one of the most important reasons to register for a long list of things you wouldn’t buy yourselves. And items should be in a wide variety of price points.
4 Think long term.
It is easy to register for what you feel like you need in the moment. But it is important to remember that the items on your registry will be part of the lifelong traditions you want to create with your family. Consider including items like toasting flutes, a frame for your wedding portrait or a special vase where you’ll display flowers commemorating anniversaries and birthdays.
5 Be confident in your taste but open to ideas.
We laugh because many times, the groom gets more into the process than the bride does. So we try to find ways for them both to have input. He might feel strongly about the charger; she might want to select the dinner plate. Or he’ll take on the barware and she the dishes. We also have lines like Pickard, which is made in the U.S., that they can personalize with monogramming or a crest to make it special.
Doug Parsons is the owner and Lily Neubert is the store manager of White Peacock Denver.
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