Gifts are tokens given out of love, appreciation, or celebration. As anyone who ever planned a wedding can attest, gifts are an essential element. The gift must be tasteful and should reflect the needs, wants, and preferences of the bride and groom.
Enter: the wedding registry.
Since ancient times, gifts have been part of wedding traditions around the world. Though these gifts originally started from the notion of a dowry and included things such as land or animals, our modern concept of wedding gifts didn’t come around until the Renaissance.
Marriage chests, or hope chests, helped a bride embark upon her newlywed journey with her chosen groom. Many times, she would collect objects or gifts for years until she got married and moved in with her groom.
Nearly 100 years ago, in 1924, to be exact, the first wedding registry was unveiled to the public, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What kind of place do registries hold in our modern world?
While many think of wedding registries as an outdated custom, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Whenever a guest attends a wedding, he or she still thinks about the type of gift they’ll bring or send as a way to bring well-wishes to the happy couple.
Modern couples, however, might be asking for different types of gifts than generations past. Where a blender might have been an appropriate gift ten to twelve years ago, some couples in the 21st century already have some of the kitchen basics covered.
Other items, such as bedding or towels, might also be taken care of by the couples themselves, as many choose to live together or buy a home together in advance of the big day. As it’s becoming common for older couples to say, “I do,” they might already have everything they need to get started in their married life.
This is where the wedding registry can help.
The wedding registry lists items that are “nice to have” rather than “need to have,” thereby making it much more fun to get the couple treats rather than practical items.
Decorative and precious pieces have a place in our modern world, as the popularity of traditional registries continues. Thus, formal china, stemware, and other items are finding their way back into the homes of young couples.
In addition to gift registries, couples also have opportunities on sites such as Honeyfund to register for cash, tickets for travel, and other experiences that may be important to them.
The Bromberg’s Wedding Registry
Since its inception, wedding registries have been a large part of Bromberg’s business. For generations, we’ve helped couples define the style that will be uniquely their own. We’ve also ensured that guests give the appropriate items for wedding showers and weddings.
Benefits of a Bromberg’s registry
The benefits of choosing Bromberg’s specifically for wedding registries include:
- Participation in our renowned Gift Letter program, which allows couples to receive credit in the amount of a gift purchased.
- Ease in couples making exchanges or returns with our fantastic sales team.
- Exclusive discounts on wedding bands, attendant gifts, hostess gifts, gift wrapping, and more.
- The Bridal Completion Program, which allows couples to easily complete their place settings, with a little help from Bromberg’s, of course.
How to begin your registry with Bromberg’s
If you’re planning a wedding, you no doubt have questions. As you prepare for the future, you’ll also need help planning your registry.
Visit either of our locations, and our staff will help you choose china patterns, make selections, and even guide you on how to incorporate your parents’ or grandparents’ Bromberg’s pieces into your new collection.
It’s Bromberg’s mission to provide clients with an unforgettable and enjoyable luxury experience. We operate two Birmingham fine jewelry stores located in Mountain Brook Village and the Summit. At each of our locations, we provide meticulous attention to our products to ensure quality for our loyal customers. If you are looking for that special piece, need a jewelry repair or appraisal or just have a general question or comment, please contact us.