Registering Also in The Groom’s Hometown
Is it proper etiquette or necessary to register for gifts in the groom’s hometown, if you have already registered in the bride’s hometown?
–D.P., Greenwich, CT
If the wedding couple is already registered with a chain (box) store, their registry is available on the chain store's websites countrywide. Most wedding presents are purchased online these days so there is little need to register in the groom's hometown. Customarily, the gifts are sent to the bride's address before the wedding and to the couple's address once they are married, or when they're already living together. If there is a special store in the groom's hometown where your friends buy wedding gifts, have the wedding couple pick out a dozen or so items in a wide price range. Then, when asked where they're registered, you can steer them to a local store. In my opinion, this is not the kind of information you include in an invitation, but talking about the fact the wedding couple have chosen items at a store in his home town is good for the community. It's important to shop locally whenever possible.