With having said that, here's the real thing on setting up your marriage registry and getting the word out without offending your visitors. Remember that shops can be an enormous help to you and your guests.
A : Probabilities are, if you are getting wed in your own city, you already know where "everyone goes" to line up and shop from a registry. Before you select your stores, be certain to stop by a marriage forum and get feedback from brides who've been there, done that. Here's a brilliant story all about discount wedding favors. Store policies alter quite seriously, starting from the easy-does-it ( who'll give you money back for returns off the registry, no questions asked ) to the highly obstructive ( who'll only let you exchange for another item *in that department*, needs a bill for each item, and so on ). Probabilities are, some dates are great for travel but others involve the danger of hurricanes or lengthy rains.