Q: We've already received many gifts from our registries even though our wedding isn't for another few months. Is it OK to use them?
A: We would never have you to wait to fire up that fancy new Dutch oven or dry off in those fluffy monogrammed towels.
One of the fun things about online wedding registries is that gifts trickle in over the course of many months, both before and after your wedding, so you get to savor each new gift as it arrives (and promptly write a thank-you note in return).
However, hold off on entertaining with your china, silver or crystal until after the wedding - a suggestion that's driven less by etiquette rules than by sentimental considerations. Since your most formal tableware is what you plan to use for the biggest meals of your married life together, it will feel more special if you wait until you're officially husband and wife to initiate these pieces.