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When should I setup a bridal gift registry?

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When should you set up your bridal gift registry? Below are some frequently asked questions about the timing of your gift registry.

We've just announced our engagement. When should we set up a gift registry?

At the latest, before you send your wedding invites. If you send out your wedding invites without gift registry details, it can be expensive and awkward to share those details later on. Ideally, you should set up your bridal registry as soon as possible — you may be asked at your engagement party, or soon after, if you have any gift requests or a bridal registry — so if you set up your bridal gift registry before then, you can begin sharing your registry details right away.

Wouldn't that be too early?

Not at all! Some couples find that getting a long list of desired gifts is a time consuming process. People seem hard-wired not to ask for things, so it can feel embarrassing to list things you want to receive. For this reason, starting early lets you list some things today and others in the future, as they come to you. This means you don't have to try to think of everything at the last minute — we're sure you've got enough to do at the last minute as-is!

How do I share my bridal registry with my wedding guests?

Many couples include a note with their wedding invite with details of their registry.

WhisperGifts bridal gift registry information cards

WhisperGifts users have a few options to make this even simpler. Our premium customers get free printed cards with a short message and link to their gift registry. These cards are delivered to you in bulk, ready to slip into your invite envelopes.

Other paying WhisperGifts customers have access to print your own registry info cards, on your own printer or at your favourite printing company.

If your guests are online, you can share the word electronically: by using Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail to give details to your guests.

Lastly, you can give your simple WhisperGifts bridal registry website address to people over the phone - they don't need to follow a complicated link, so it's easy to read over the phone or in person.

How long does it take to set up a gift registry?

Signing up with WhisperGifts only takes a few minutes - just let us know your names and wedding date and you'll be on the way!

The 'hard part' is what comes next: picking gifts to list. We help you get started with common wedding gift suggestions, then it's up to you to add other items you would like to receive. The good news is that you don't have to do this right away: we suggest setting up a few items initially, then come back and add more items as you think of them.

When we got married, we found that ideas came to us throughout the day. We listed more gifts at odd times, such as at dinner time when we realised that we should ask for new cutlery, or when gardening when we realised that some plant pots would be nice. There's no deadline to add items, you can keep adding items even after your guests have started browsing and selecting items.

How much time should I give my guests?

You should send your wedding gift registry details with your wedding invite so that they don't get lost or separated.

Although you may send a "save the date" card very early (especially if your wedding is in a peak holiday time, or if you have many guests travelling interstate or overseas) wedding invites are usually sent about 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

If you send invites and gift registry details before this time, many people aren't yet planning their time. If you send them later, then many people may have plans. Two months notice seems to be the sweet spot where your guests are actively planning their weekends, but they aren't yet too bsy.

Help! I don't have two months!

That's usually OK, but you'll need to be creative. If you haven't yet sent your invites, that should be your first priority.

If your invites have already gone out, then try using other methods to share your gift registry details with your guests. We provide facilities to e-mail your registry details to your guests, send private Facebook messages, or send public Tweets with a link to your registry.

Sounds great! How do I get started?

We're glad to hear it! Just head over to the WhisperGifts signup page to select your package and sign up right away. Once you are signed up, the first option you'll see is to add some common items to your registry, so you aren't starting with a blank slate.

Got more questions about your gift registry or your wedding? Just send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

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