The gift registry can be a tricky area for brides and grooms-to-be. Thought I'd offer a few pointers!
You should register at one to three stores. It's great to give your guests some options, but you don't want to overwhelm them.
If you're stumped on what you need to register for, try a registry guide like the Knot offers. It tailors suggestions to your style.
If you don't want to register for housewares, you can register for donations to the charity of your choice. The I Do Foundation allows you to register and designate your charity - or several. The foundation also donates 10% of gift purchases to your charity!
Don't list your registry information on the invitation; it's considered bad etiquette. You can list the information on your wedding website, or allow it to be passed around by email or word of mouth.
Asking for money for your gift registry puts the guests in an awkward position. Think about registering for help with your honeymoon. The Honeymoon and Honey Fund allow you to include your honeymoon travel on your registry. This allows guests to specify their gift, if they choose. For example: a guest can donate money for your chosen item of airfare or scuba diving lessons.
Last but not least, remember to send thank you notes. You can order thank you notes at the same time as your invitations and save the date cards, which may save some money by buying in bulk. The bride and grooms should both be writing notes, and you can divide that task however you choose. The proper time frame to send thank you notes is within two weeks for gifts that are received before the wedding and within four weeks for gifts received at or after the wedding. Better late than never, however. (Handwritten is the way to go.)