This is the third of three posts of an Canadian exclusive interview with Jorge Perez, Bridal Director for Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood China and Royal Doulton. Jorge talks about setting up your gift registry and offers a giveaway.
I was really ecstatic in having the opportunity to chat with Jorge Perez, Wedding & Red Carpet Gown Designer, On-Air Personality for Shop NBC and Bridal Director for Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood China and Royal Doulton. The interview was graciously made possible by the Linen Chest, a Montreal based company. Part 1 was on using the 1,2,3 Rule, Part 2 on Heritage & Heart Decor.
Jorge strongly feels that you should set up a gift registry as soon as you are engaged. I’ve heard this from Hana Abaza, CEO of WeddingRepublic as well. There seems to be two kinds of gift registries. A comprehensive gift registry offered through the Linen Chest, for example, carries a wide variety of household products that you may want for you newly married life. Alternatively, cash registries like WeddingRepublic allow you to have non-traditional items such as honeymoons and house down payments.
Gift registries are great because they take the guess work out of choosing a gift for the couple. Weddings are where people start a new life, a new beginning, new journey. Whether a couple have lived together for years or are getting remarried, a gift registry is a super way to renew and upgrade your household.
Couples can merge their things keeping only the best of the best and then upgrade what they are missing with top-quality items. Outlets like the Linen Chest offers couples personal consulting services for their wedding and gift registry program. Their experienced staff is knowledgeable, supportive, grasp ‘modern and traditional’ concepts. Linen Chest offers a checklist on their website where couples can assess what they have, what they are missing and which items they should upgrade.
Popular items include,
- Place setting- dinner ware, Crystals
- Bedding/ Décor
- Lazy Boy Massage Chair
- Espresso Coffee Machine
TOP BRANDS & PRODUCT IDEAS FOR THOSE WISHING TO UPGRADE OR ACQUIRE:
- Sophie Conran dishes
- Maxwell Williams dishes
- Cuisinart standup mixer
- Kitchenaid blender
- All Clad & Jamie Oliver cookware
- Michael Aram Giftware
- Schott Zweisel or Riedel wine glasses
- Breville small electricals like tea kettle or toaster oven
- Choose double the number of gifts as guests to ensure that each guest can pick something for you. For example, if you have 100 guests, choose 200 gifts.
- Have a wide range of price points. Don’t shy away from the more expensive items as guests may pool their funds to buy it for you.
- When looking at dinner service items, plates, stemware, flatware – think in terms of sets of 12.
- Do your research to ensure that your registry has the variety and choice of gifts you want.
- Trend today is to select items that reflect your lifestyle. There are no rules about buying a set of “good” plates that get stored and never used.
- Look at two patterns – one for daily use and one for special occasions
- Have the groom own a category – like barware to get him involved.
- If you love Vera Wang and couldn’t afford a Vera Wang dress, maybe you can get Vera Wang stemware.