Dillard’s Exclusive Interview: Cari Coffman, Director of Corporate Registry for Dillard’s

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Q: What are some of the hottest registry items for this year?
A: Single-serve coffee makers like Nespresso and the new Starbucks Verismo machine are hot. Healthy living seems to be a trend right now, too. Juicers, blenders and steamers are showing up in greater numbers on registries. Bright, fun bedding like Trina Turk has captured our couple’s attention as well. We are seeing more bedding collections on registries this year.

Q: What are the most fun things you’ve seen on the registry?
A: The Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker is so much fun and makes a great gift. I love the new Rogaska Luxe collection, especially the chess candlestick collection. It puts a fun twist on classic items.

Q: What are some of the most popular items you sell?
A: Fiesta dinnerware is the favorite dinnerware choice of our brides. They love to mix all the colors, and there are tons of great accessories. Luggage is always a popular choice. Wally Bags are loved by both brides and grooms; they are so functional. The famous garment bag comes in a 52″ dress length. And, the clean lines of Lenox Tuscany stemware make it really popular right now.

Q: What are 5 registry essentials that every couple needs?

  1. A set of quality cookware that will last for many years.
  2. High-quality casual dinnerware. Cheap dinnerware will chip, crack and discolor over time. Invest in quality everyday dinnerware.
  3. Dillard’s Luxury Hotel 700-thread-count sateen sheets. They’re amazing.
  4. A Kitchen Aid stand mixer. You won’t believe how many uses there are for this machine.
  5. Plush bath towels are a definite must-have and don’t skimp on the quantity requested.

Q: How should couples choose what to put on their registry?
A: They should start by thinking about their lifestyle. For example, if they like to entertain, then they will want to make sure they have plenty of serveware on the registry. They should think about their lives 5 and 10 years from now as well. Do they envision hosting the holidays with their families? Maybe they need 18 place settings instead of 12. We provide a checklist to guide our couples as they go through the home store to make sure they don’t leave important items off the registry.

Q: There are tons of registry options on the web and at brick-and-mortar department stores. What sets Dillard’s registry apart from competitors?
A: One of the best kept secrets around is our completion program. After the wedding, we offer 20% off most remaining items on the registry. We offer the option of personal registries, which are private registries only available by request in store. These are perfect for lingerie and cosmetics; anything the couple does not want all guests to view. Plus, our brides can register for anything in the store. We also have exclusive registry incentive gifts from our vendors.

Q: How far in advance should the bride/groom to-be register?
A: We recommend registering 6 months before the wedding, but at least 3 weeks before the first shower. Couples need to remember to update their registry after each shower and 2-3 weeks before the wedding to make sure there are enough items at varying price points available for purchase at all times.

Q: What about those folks looking for last-minute wedding gifts? What items do you recommend?
A: We always recommend purchasing a gift off the couple’s registry. If you can’t find an item on the couple’s registry to purchase, try and add on to an existing item. For example, if the couple’s Keurig coffee maker has already been purchased, how about some accessories like a milk frother and coffee caddy?

Q: What are some wedding gift ideas for those who are on a budget?
A: Nambe offers some beautiful pieces, which are a great value. The Yaro Salad bowl and the Mikko Bar tray are fantastic pieces. For the wine lover, there’s the Cuisinart’s Private Reserve 8-Bottle Wine Cellar. Anything from the Marquis by Waterford Vintage Mixology collection is a great value.

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