The average age of couples getting married today is higher than it’s ever been. And with this age increase comes a decline in the popularity of traditional registries. Back in the day, couples would live with their parents until they got married meaning they didn’t have any of the items necessary to set-up and run a home. But now, couples have thriving careers and already established households meaning they don’t see a need for the traditional registry items. However, I still think it’s incredibly important to create one. Here are the 4 reasons why you shouldn’t skip the registry.

You might be tempted to skip your wedding registry but @theidolist has 4 very good reasons why you should't

  1. It’s the only time in your life that people want to shower you with gifts. Can you think of another time in your life with 150+ people want to shower you with gifts at more than one event? No? Me either. Between engagement parties, showers, and your actual wedding, people will want to buy you gifts to offer their congratulations. And wouldn’t it be a shame for people to waste their money on items you don’t like or don’t want?
  2. They’re going to buy you things anyways. Even if you choose to forgo the traditional registry and opt for charitable donations or honeymoon contributions instead, there are many guests that will still opt to buy those traditional registry items. So, if they’re going to do it anyways, shouldn’t it at least be something you like?
  3. You can register for more than towels and china. Yep folks, you heard it here. Your registry can include more than towels and china. While both are very common additions to the registry, it’s perfectly acceptable to add hobby items, tools, outdoor furniture, and more “fun” items.
    • Side note: Registering for “fun” items is highly encouraged by this wedding planner. There are guests (namely my husband) that refuse to buy the boring traditional items. My husband Rob is so anti-boring registry item that he will go off registry to buy a gift if the couple isn’t registered for something “fun”. Registering for hobby items means you’re still giving guests the traditional registry they crave and getting items you’ll actually use.
  4. Registering doesn’t make you selfish. This is a common objection to the traditional registry. And, it’s completely understandable when you already have towels, sheets, pots, pans, etc. However, think about it this way. If people are going to buy you things whether you register for them or not, why not register for them then donate all your current items to a family in need? Sounds like a win-win!

Hopefully by now, I’ve convinced you that you need to create some form of a traditional wedding registry. So, what should you actually register for? Download our complete registry guide below!

*Helpful TipI always recommend creating your registry on a site like MyRegistry or Zola both of which allow you to add gifts from any website. This means you can register for exactly what you want and not be limited to the offerings at a single particular store.