What do bride and grooms want?

Answers from Macy's Bridal Registry
January 16, 2008 6:43:57 PM PST
Your mailbox isn't filling up with holiday cards anymore, but you may be seeing more "save the date" announcements arriving in the mail, as couples engaged at Christmas set the date for their weddings. This is the time of year when brides are getting ready for spring weddings and when brides-to-be are making plans. If there's a wedding in your future, whether you're a bride or a guest, you'll probably be checking out bridal registries. Jennifer Wilkins, Macy's Trend Expert has a list of the top bridal registry items. Couples who registered with Macy's contributed to the list, so that gives an idea of what brides and grooms are looking for. In addition, Jennifer has some tips on registering and shopping for wedding gifts.

Macy's Top Bridal Registry Items for 2008

Martha Stewart Collection tabletop pieces and gadgets, prices vary, see store or macys.com for details

Haven by H Hotel Collection Purely Organic sheets and towels, prices vary, see store or macys.com for details

All-Clad stainless steel 10-piece set, $639.99

KitchenAid stand mixer, $399

Pandigital photo frame, $149.99

Victorinox Werks Traveler 3.0, $485.

Tips for the bride and groom

? Think ahead. Keep in mind that many of the items you select for your registry will be in your home for years to come. Although it's great to incorporate some trendy pieces, be sure that the lasting pieces, such as china, are something you can live with for years.

? China. Many brides and grooms have china handed down to them and may not need to register for complete sets. However, use your registry to accent the traditional pieces by choosing pieces with splashes of color and unique patterns.

? Upgrade your bedding and bath products. Registering for higher-end bedding or bath towels is a must. This is a great opportunity to get those plush bath towels you wouldn't necessarily purchase for yourself.

? Register in a timely manner. It's very easy to get excited and register too early. Stores change their assortments with the season, so we recommend registering three months prior to your wedding and continually checking in with all your registries for maintenance.

? Create a wide price range of items. You'll most likely have a variety of gift givers on your invite list, so be sure to include a variety of price ranges on your list.

? How many gifts should you include on your registry? It's wise to register for 1.5 gifts per guest. You'll want to provide options not only for your wedding, but also yours showers and pre-wedding parties.

Tips for buying a wedding gift:

? Use the couple's wedding registry. You may think you know the couple's style, but it's always safe to purchase from the registry.

? Make it personal. Pair something off the couple's registry with an additional gift that will remind them of you. Along with their steak knives, you could order steaks to be delivered a month after their wedding. You could get the couple a subscription to Food & Wine along with a couple pieces of their stemware.

? If nothing on the registry moves you, ask for help. Ask a sales associate to review the couple's registry and suggest something that would compliment the couple's wish list.

? Don't forget the receipt. Whether you're purchasing from the registry or not, don't forget the gift receipt. Couples change their minds, and you want to make it as simple for them as possible after the wedding.

? There is no formula on what to spend. Just as every couple is different, so is every gift giver.

To create a registry, search a registry and or find out more, visit www.macysweddingchannel.com.

Macy's on State Street to host annual January bridal event

Macy's on State Street will host its annual bridal event on Saturday, January 26. Brides-to-be are invited to attend this complimentary event dedicated to all things bridal and celebrate love ever after at Macy's. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy bridal fashion presentations featuring the latest trends from Macy's Bridal Salon; participate in registry seminars with Macy's Gift Registry specialists; meet Macy's bridal experts; hear product presentations from vendors such as Wedgwood; and meet with representatives from top local companies offering just what a bride needs to begin planning her special day, from flowers and invitations to a DJ and videographer.

Macy's on State Street
111 N. State Street
Saturday, January 26, 2008
10 a.m. ? 2 p.m.
4th & 6th floors

Jennifer Wilkins, Macy's Trend Expert, will lead three bridal fashion presentations at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. outside the Bridal Salon on the 4th floor.

Bill Hoopes, Director of Macy's Wedding & Gift Registry/Macy's by Appointment, will offer bridal registry tips and highlight the latest registry trends at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the 6th floor.

About Macy's on State Street
Macy's on State Street, which sets the bar as the most exciting destination in retail, is a full-service department store with a 150-year legacy of fashion leadership and retail excellence. Macy's North's inspiration for unexpected merchandise originates from its legendary State Street store in Chicago ? home to the world famous Walnut Room, Great Clocks and Tiffany Ceiling.