Jan
6
2009
By
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By the Numbers
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The average number of gifts on a registry.

 
11%

Guests who show up empty-handed.

 
2 out of 3

Grooms help their bride register.

 
40%

Gifts that don't come from the registry.

 
6 mo.

Length of time prior to wedding when couples register.

 

(Source: TheKnot.com)

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Question
I'm getting married in the spring and I think the idea of a registry is tacky and that our friends and family should know what to get us. My fiance, like most brides-to-be, is in favor of telling guests exactly what to buy. Do we really need one?
- Matt, Cambridge, MA
Answer

The bridal registry has been around since 1924, when it was introduced at Chicago's Marshall Field's department store. It's become a common custom since it's such a practical way for young couples to get things for their home, while avoiding the possibility of receiving three identical blenders. Of course, your guests don't have to use the registry, but if they do, at least you know you'll like (and use) the present. But in short, why not? You can't fight city hall and in the long road that hopefully will be your marriage, this is an easy one to give up to the missus.

 

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