How Wedding Registries Impacted Family Roles

Picture Perfect Weddings

“Registering” for a wedding didn’t used to be mainstream. Once upon a time, choosing which items a couple would need for their new home and life was the job of the parents. Most often, the bride’s mother would determine what was needed and then pass that information on to family and friends. But these days, retailers take care of all those tiny details.

In some ways, this has helped make weddings easier on the couple and the family. The process is more streamlined, so there aren’t as many problems with duplicate gifts. In many cases, the databases are updated online in close to real time, so guests can look and see what has already been purchased, order their gifts online to be delivered, or explore their options.

But in other ways, streamlining the process has been more for the benefit of the retailer rather than the couple. Sales are higher…

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