Get Your Party Started: A Field Guide to Wedding Planning with Macy’s
For the couple who has everything and for the couple who’s just starting out, the place to begin your wedding registry journey is Macy’s. The store offers everything you need for your big day and your marriage going forward, from stylish finds in the Wedding Shop for everyone in your wedding party to home goods for entertaining, such as Monique Lhuillier Waterford Champagne flutes and KitchenAid Stand Mixers.
Before you grab your scanning gun and start tagging everything under the Macy’s roof, take a breather (and maybe a glass of bubbly) and your partner, and make a list of what you’d like for your home. Don’t just add items that you don’t have but yearn for, like this to-die-for kate spade new york Larabee Road dinnerware, but also consider things you’ve had forever and could use an upgrade (like that toaster you earned in your 20s).
Macy’s has an incredibly helpful website chock full of ideas and inspiration to help you make your list of wants and wishes, as well as fun quizzes to guide you in selecting the items best suited to you (are you a Moscow Mule fan or a oenophile pouring for two or 20?). Macy’s will take what you tell them and compute into customized recommendations for you to add to your registry.
You can do so much online, of course, but definitely head to the brick-and-mortar location, too, if you can. First, there’s the welcome gift for starting a Macy’s registry in person: a free photo book from one of my favorite photo printing companies, Shutterfly! You’re going to have tons of shots to choose from, but this will be a great way to showcase your faves, whether for you or as a gift to someone special like your parents. Another benefit is seeing the items in person. Exactly how delicate is that teeny tiny cake cover you’ve been eyeing? Would your 100 lb. yellow lab break it in an instant? How do those 800-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets feel under your fingers? Glorious, that’s how. I just bought a set while writing this, actually. But in person is truly a special experience for both of you to get an idea of what each product looks and feels like in person. And it’s fun scanning all the items you love. Just remember to take turns!
When you are registering, keep in mind that your wedding guests likely have a wide range in their budgets, so you should scan plenty of items in the $25 range all the way up to high-end luxury items, for that aunt who loves you oh so much. Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss recommends registering for at least three times as many items as there are guests. I know that’s a lot of scanning to do, but consider these factors: people are going to be buying gifts from your registry not only for your wedding, but also for your shower – and sometimes more than one shower; and you want to give your wedding guests plenty of items in every budget.
Once you’re done adding items to your registry (and you can continue adding online), head out to the rest of the store for more wedding fun, plus discounts galore! Yep, Macy’s wedding registry couples receive exclusive discounts on tons of items from grooms, groomsmen and butch brides’ attire including suits, ties, pocket squares and shoes, to furniture, and a vast array of high-end and mid-range-budget home goods.
Macy’s really does have it all, and it feels so good to slide out that plastic red card to score extra savings when you’re shopping for yourself, whether in the fashion department for honeymoon attire, all your wedding events or something sexy for your wedding night, or in the luggage department casing out which suitcase collection is going to work best for your two weeks in Milan or the Riviera Maya. (P.S. You can register for those, too!)
And don’t forget to enroll in Macy’s Registry Star Rewards program, which enables you to receive 10% rewards back on every eligible purchase you make and get 5% rewards on every eligible gift you get. It all adds up on your rewards card, so you can celebrate and save after the big day.
Macy’s is the perfect wedding registry destination for all of your home and wedding needs. Head to macys.com to start your registry planning today! Oh, and cheers to your upcoming wedding!
Thank you to Macy’s, an advertising supporter of Equally Wed’s editorial mission, for sponsoring this post and for being such a passionate supporter of marriage equality!