Week 23: Registry

Do these things this week
Determine where you want to register
Go on a registry-spree! (try to finish this week)
Add your registry to your wedding website
Discuss ceremony music and determine venue rules
Browse ceremony musicians and book appointment with your top 2 for next week

When it comes to registries, the only hard and fast rule is don’t make your wedding about the gifts. Pick gifts across multiple price points and don’t advertise your registry on your invitations or your save the dates (or on TV, Kardashian style!). Whether you’re going for a gift registry, cash registry, or combination of the two, try to have it set up several weeks in advance of any showers and spread the word through your Maid of Honor, Best Man, and wedding website so your guests know where to look. And above all, be grateful for all the gifts, even the ones you didn’t ask for.

Check out Zola and Thankful Registry for one-stop shops that allow you to register from multiple retailers in the same registry. Zankyou, Present Value, and Deposit a Gift will also let you set up cash registries to be directly deposited in your bank account. If cash doesn’t feel personal enough, you can make a list of “wants” that your guests can donate toward: like a deposit on a house, a new couch, or that Crockpot you’ve been eyeing for the last six months.

Tip: If you’re using a guest list management app (like Hello Wedding!) you can easily track all gifts and whether or not you’ve sent a thank you card, taking one more thing off of your plate.


Your wedding wouldn’t be a party without a good dose of entertainment. When you’re picking out your DJs or musicians for your big day, find out if your ceremony and reception venues have any sound or light restrictions, then decide if you want to go with multiple musicians or a single band or DJ to cover the entire night.

Not sure where to start? Check out Wedj.com to find wedding DJs in your area.