How do you make sure all the sweet little packages you open at your lingerie shower are things you’ll actually wear? Follow these tips, and you’re sure to be spending more time trying on your new goodies than in line to return your gifts!
By Elizabeth Tigar of Underwear
Be specific about what you want. Apart from making an actual registry at a store, you should let your guests know your likes and dislikes in advance. Your “style” may not be as intuitive to most people as you think, even to your closest friends. Do you hate pink? Say so! Are you dying for something with fishnet? Tell people. It doesn’t even have to come across as bossy. At our store, on each registry card there two sections: one for “Desires” one for “Despises.” That way, even if someone purchases something for you that isn’t listed on your registry, they still know what you are looking for. Think about subtly hinting at your likes/dislikes on the invitation itself, on your wedding website or even in a follow up email to RSVP’d guests.
Try things on before you register for them. It might be adorable on the hanger, but it could be a disaster once it’s on. Set aside the time to do a real fitting and try the lingerie on beforehand. It’s even better to include your measurements or sizes on your registry, so all your gifts will fit perfectly. Plus, by visiting a store in-person, you might even find something you love that surprises you!
Register for items in a wide range of prices. You never know, and you should never presume to know, what people’s budgets will be when they’re shopping for you. Make sure your list includes high, middle and low-priced items. For example, Hanky Panky thongs are a popular registry item for many soon-to-be brides. At $18 – $20 a pop, they’re an item that’s sure to please you while fitting everyone’s budget.
Don’t be afraid to put that “Hail Mary” gift on the list. We have all fallen in love with that amazing piece, then suffered from sticker shock at the price tag. Shopping for your bridal lingerie, you’re likely to do the same. But don’t be afraid to include something super spendy on your list! You never know, maybe your fairy godmother might just pop in to shop for you…
Remember your thank-you notes and hostess gifts. Okay, so this isn’t directly registry-related, but it’s perhaps the most important tip of all! Mama was right, you should always write a thank-you note for gifts and generous gestures. Even if you articulated that you hate pink and ruffles, and you still open something frilly in a lovely shade of bubblegum – no matter. Always, always say thank you in writing. A sweet, and often overlooked, tradition is to give a gift to the host of your party/parties. Pick a small something out for the hostesses of your bridal party, and choose a good set of stationery for all the thank-you notes you’ll be writing after the fact. And remember to take notes on who gave what gift, so you can thank the right people for the right things.
Elizabeth Tigar is the owner of Austin, TX, lingerie boutique Underwear. Visit www.shop-underwear.com to check out the latest bridal styles.
1. Bridal Silk Bikini
2. Josephine Marrying Garter
3. Tux Luxe Cami
4. Tux Luxe Brief