By Erin Celletti. Photos: Getty.
Registering for lots and lots of presents for yourself is already tons of fun. Who doesn’t love making a wish list that actually has a chance of being purchased for you? Yet for some it can be a bit stressful, or seem like more of a chore. If you or your fiancé seem to be dreading this event or are just not looking forward to it, consider spicing things up a bit by trying one (or more!) of these ideas. Trust us, you’ll love it.
Make it a Date Day Who doesn’t love, and look forward to, a date with your love? Instead of treating registering as a task or an item on your never-ending To Do list, make it a special day in and of itself. Combine heading to the retailers to register with a lunch date or dinner. Get dolled up and head to the stores looking and feeling your best. Grab a pre-registry cocktail or a post-shop-til-you-drop glass of celebratory champagne with your fiancé once you’ve scanned to your hearts content. Regardless of what you do, treating the task as a part of a date versus a mundane task will automatically make it more enjoyable.
Head to a New City Many major retailers have tons of locations throughout the U.S., which means you’re not limited to visiting the store that’s closest to you. For those who love to travel (or even just don’t mind driving a few miles out of the way) opt to explore a new location versus hitting up your local mall. If you live anywhere near Manhattan, Philadelphia, LA, DC, Boston, or any other major cities, head to stores there for an extended day trip, or even little weekend get away. (Who couldn’t use a weekend reprieve from planning?) Not only will experiencing something new automatically make it seem more special, but larger city stores tend to have much more inventory, meaning even more options to select.
Play a Game Are you a competitive couple? Or, just love some silliness every now and then? Then you might want to throw it back to the playground and play some games together while you peruse the aisles. Classic Hot and Cold, or I Spy, can do the trick to help take the pressure off of finding the perfect china, or lux linens. Does your man love fantasy football? Enter: Fantasy Registry. Make a Top 10 list of items with assigned point values you think your betrothed will most definitely select throughout the store and once complete, those with the most correct will win. What you wager, of course, will be up to you (and half the fun!) Might we suggest some post-registry treats, wedding chores, or even something a bit more romantic.
Attend an Event Many retailers offer special events for engaged couples. Often they serve hors d’oeuvres, have raffles, games, giveaways, and even champagne. (Yaas!) If you’re looking to have a bit of easy added fun, consider RSVPing to one of these special events.
This story originally appeared on Brides.
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