Prenuptial Project: Building registry, visiting Ikea almost going overboard
I’ve said in past columns that I feel like things weren’t moving as quickly as I would have hoped for them to, and I have lived to regret that statement.
I have entered into the phase of wedding planning that I am going to affectionately call the “spending-every-waking-moment-not-at-work-thinking-about-your-wedding” phase. Now, for some brides, this could be a good thing: You get a lot done; maybe you and your fiance spend a lot of time after work figuring things out. For me, it usually means staying up until 2 a.m. scrolling through Pinterest wondering how I’m going to pull this off.
It’s a great time, let me tell you.
Now that dress shopping is out of the way, our next big venture is the registry.
Don’t get me wrong, picking out glasses, bedding, decor, etc. for our apartment is a very exciting time for both Mikey and me. I just didn’t realize how time-consuming this endeavor could be.
We decided to start our registry process down at the King of Prussia mall, to make a day out of it and to visit some friends and family. We made an appointment at Macy’s and headed into the experience head first and not really knowing what to expect.
The appointment started out in a pretty standard way, giving our wedding information and all those typical things, so I won’t bore you with that.
Then, we get handed a clipboard and a scanner and are left to go free inside one floor of this store. If you haven’t gone registering yet, it’s an experience in itself. I am very lucky in the sense that Mikey has opinions on things and is a very active participant in this whole process.
Throughout the day, he gave opinions and talked through every decision we made when choosing gifts. However, that’s where some of our hurdles come into play.
We talked through everything. From vegetable peelers to cookware, there was not a single thing that didn’t require a conversation. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. At the end of the day, we agreed on each piece on the list. But the list is only 50 items long, with a “suggested list” of over 250 items.
We spent over two hours in Macy’s (on one floor, mind you), for a list of 50 items. It got to the point where Mikey and I looked at each other and decided it was too overwhelming to continue, and that we would pick up at a later date and time.
Because we are gluttons for punishment, we met up with one of my bridesmaids and decided to venture to Ikea, just to experience it, and believe me, registering and an Ikea trip in one day is almost going overboard. I have every single room in all of my future houses planned out.
Reach Brigid Edmunds at 570-991-6113 or on Twitter @brigidedmunds.
Editor’s note: Brigid Edmunds is a reporter and paginator for the Times Leader and Weekender. When she’s not working, she’s busy planning her upcoming nuptials to fiance Mikey Lawrence.
If you’re a bride-to-be, recently got married or a vendor and would like to offer advice for brides, email her at [email protected]
Her column, The Prenuptial Project, will run twice a month in Weekender.