Returning Borrowed Items
If you borrowed any decor items, such as platters or vases, they will need to be cleaned and returned to the lenders quickly and in great condition, with a separate thank-you note and perhaps a small gift. Pack items in boxes, and use protective padding for breakables. Create a worksheet listing lenders’ names, items lent and date returned.
Most bridal registries feature a “completion program,” which allows you, post-wedding, to buy your remaining gift items at a 10%, 15% or greater discount. This is a fun task that can send you to the store, armed with a stack of gift cards, filling your cart with small appliances, linens and other goodies. You may be able to check out owing nothing. Insider tip: Read the fine print on your completion program: Some discounts only apply to full-priced, not on-sale, items.
Save all the gift cards you get as shower presents to use for completion program purchases. Ka-ching!
Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including 1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding, sharonnaylor.net.