A hack is something like a secret, that helps you accomplish a task in a better way. Almost any task can be made better with good hacks and your wedding registry is no different! Did you know there are sites dedicated to exactly this? Need is the mother of invention, and after years of struggle with old fashioned registry-making (think churning butter), the registry gods have seen fit to grant us easier ways. All joking aside, we live in a glorious time full of wonderful hacks that you can utilize. So open your mind and prepare to have it blown by these registry hacks.
Registering with Perks
Did you know that some places offer perks when you register with them? I’ve heard of some crazy offers like a monetary kickback or free monogrammed towels. Turn this little fact into a hack by comparing perks within your eligible store choices. Pick the best perk and you win.
Ask About the Spreadsheet
You’d think in this day and age, every registry would help you out with some spreadsheet magic, but it’s sadly not the case. Make sure you ask the store if they do spreadsheets of each guest name with what they purchased. These lists are invaluable later when you’re trying to write thank yous. You may think you’ll keep everything organized yourself, but you could also end up tearing through the gifts enthusiastically while drinking a glass of wine with your partner and trying to guess who’s name went with what later. No judgment here, it happens all the time. If you’ve got the spreadsheet, you don’t need to worry about this. Tear into your gifts with abandon and enjoy knowing you’ve got it all tracked without lifting a finger.
Build a Card
Thank you cards are rough. Build your cards ahead of time by leaving little blanks to insert what they got you. Make your card language just generic enough that it can work for everything. There are even sites that will print cards like this for you. But, if you’re the type that likes to hand write your cards, just do them yourself. Or if you’re a level 10 hacker, you can force your bridesmaids/groomsmen to come over and help you write them for an even faster turnout. Just be sure to give them the guests who won’t know if it’s not your handwriting and you’re all set.
Share a Google Doc
Oh boy, people can be silly when it comes to registries. Guests buy things and forgetting to mark that they bought it. Guests get confused and angry when someone bought what they wanted to buy. It’s all a little overwhelming. How do you circumvent this? Hack it with a Google doc or Google chat group. Let your guests have access to a group where they can discuss gifts if they’d like. Present it as a place where they can say what gift they got or ask other guests what they did. This sharing corner can also double as an everything question board where guests can talk about anything they want from what they’re wearing to cats. By giving them a space to communicate, you’ve hacked your registry and can avoid duplicate gifts.
Know the “In” with Sales
Keep your eye out for sales and let your guests in on them. Everyone will be appreciative if you let them know when a sale is going on and you’ll get better gifts. This hack is truly a win-win for everyone. The only one who looses out is the store!
Amazon Registries Are Your Friend
Did you know that Amazon does registries? This doesn’t seem like a hack, but it totally is because think about it: Amazon. Amazon has everything. You can add anything to your list. There are so many possibilities. Also, your guests with Amazon Prime will thank you!
Funding Sites To Collect
Let’s say you don’t really need that much stuff, but you’d love for guests to help pay down your honeymoon. There are some great funding sites out there with the technology to take care of it for you. You simply provide guests with a link to your page and they pay into your fund. These sites also include a list of everyone who gave and what they gave. Can you say, “Easy thank you cards?” Easy thank you cards.
Find that Golden Checklist
You know how when you’re trying to think of what you need, you think you got everything on your list, then later you remember a bunch of stuff you can’t believe you didn’t add? It happens all the time. Get around this with a checklist! These babies are almost anywhere online and there are lots of different ones. Find a good one that fits you and get an idea of the things you might need.
Hacks are everywhere and not all of them are good. I hope you’ve found these hacks to be helpful. With a little planning, ingenuity, and a bit of hacking, your wedding registry can be a breeze.