Post # 1
Maybe I’m just thinking like a poor college student paying for her own wedding, but I’ve always hated getting invited to a shower/wedding and checking out the registry, only to find that the couple has only registered for really expensive items!
It’s disheartening as a guest with limited funds, because that $50 candy bowl or those $40 bottle stoppers look like a really piddly gift when given alone. And don’t even get me started on the $20 bath towels or the utensils that cost $10 each! $10 for ONE spatula? Seriously?
Don’t get me wrong- I registered for some pretty expensive items too- Kitchen Aid mixer, Dyson, and some other things that I *really* wanted.
But, I also tried to register for some stuff that was less expensive as well, so people in my position don’t feel like they are stuck buying something expensive.
Am I the only person who does this?
Post # 3
I did that too. And I also registered for multiples of stuff. So like all my dishes are separate so you can buy 1 or 5 or whatever. Same with wine glasses and other glasses.
I also registered for a lot of inexpensive kitchen gadgets at like $4 and $5 a pop.
Then there are also the expensive items too.
Post # 4
I did this but I just had my first shower and got pretty much every single thing that was under 10 dollars from the same person (probably cost her about 100 dollars for everything). I’m glad I got the stuff but the point was to have cheaper options for people with smaller budgets. Kind of backfired on me, lol.
Post # 5
@MrsPinkPeony: Doh! Time to add more cheap items!
I’ve tried to add things in a wide variety of prices to my registries. FI and I will often buy several less expensive items as wedding gifts rather than one expensive thing and I’m guessing we aren’t the only ones to do that. 🙂
Post # 6
@MrsPinkPeony: Oh no! That stinks!
It’s not that I care when people register for more expensive stuff… I mean, I want them to have what they want…. it just stinks when I’m limited to buying 2 towels for $40 or 3 utensils for $30!
In this particular situation, it’s also more frustrating b/c I know the couple, and *everything* about their wedding is more expensive that ours. They’re “Go Big, or Go Home” kind of people.
FI and I just live a bit more practically, I guess, and we didn’t feel comfortable only registering for the most expensive items possible. I had to plead with him to register for the Dyson (which I doubt I get, but a girl can dream).
Post # 7
I did the exact same thing! I purposely put things on there that I thought people would actually buy. The only pricey items I put were a duvet and a stand mixer. Everything else was really affordable I thought.
Post # 8
I did! I’m a teacher, and don’t exactly have all the $$$ in the world so expensive registries are really hard for me! Now that it’s my turn…..I tried to put TONS of cheap options on there!
Post # 9
I went online after we registered and realized we had nothing that was affordable on it, so I registered for a bunch of inexpensive frames and other home decor stuff. So that way our less fortunate guests can still get something 🙂
Post # 10
I think a lot of people do!
We had plenty of dollar items on our registry.
Funny thing though none of those items got purchased. I really wanted some of those items as well! 😉
Our family and friends were beyond generous on my shower gifts and wedding gifts.
Post # 11
@iheartnerds: This is what I prefer doing, too.
Typically, I try to buy at least one actual item, and if it is smaller, I will pair it with a gift card or some other small item.
I might just buy one item, but if I do, it will be a bigger item that stands well on it’s own.
I’ve got 2 showers this month- for for my BM whose wedding I am also in, and one for FI’s Best Man’s fiancee, and FI is also a groomsman in their wedding.
For my BM, I am getting her personalized stationary with her new name, as well as a sheet of 20 stamps (About $30 in the end)… she loves writing letters, and she gave me a personal gift for my shower, so it seemed fitting.
For FI’s friends (the “Go Big or Go Home” couple), we decided on cocktail shakers and alcohol 😀
Post # 12
@napabridekelsey: Good for you! I like knowing that people care enough about their friends/family to realize that not everyone is as well off as they are!
Post # 13
@Gerbera: Awww…. that’s a bummer!
I agree, some of my favorite gifts weren’t even that expensive.
That’s great that you have generous people who care about you! We’ve been really fortunate as well, and we got quite a lot of great stuff off our registry already (both expensive and inexpensive)…
In particular, my Kitchen Aid Mixer that my momma and grandma went together on… best gift ever!
Post # 14
I put a wide range on purpose with a TON of inexpensive gifts (under $50) that were substantial enough on their own. The less expensive the item, the faster it was purchased by guests, so I guess this was a smart move!
My registries got pretty much cleaned out at the end of the day though. There are people who would rather buy you a $300 Kitchenaid mixer than 10 little piddly items. And a lot of my friends bought presents in groups for my shower, like a baking theme, martini theme, etc.
Post # 15
We had a super good range of prices, and I was hoping against hope that the relatives we knew wanted to spend $$$ on us were not going to buy up a ton of the smaller stuff that we had put on there for our friends on student budgets. Luckily we didn’t have june42011’s problem of that, and it all worked out as planned. I love our new $10 Pyrex baking dish just as much as our new $400 Dyson.
Post # 16
I tried to put inexpensive things on my registry as well, but FH and I will have lived together for three years at the time of the wedding so we have a ton of stuff already. There are only so many inexpensive things we need at this point. We did put towels, utensils and things like that, haha!
Mostly everything we put on our registry is upgrades or replacements for things we’ve broken because we have practically everything.
I’m curious about what types of inexpensive things you put on your registry. Maybe there’s something I’m forgetting?
ETA: Just went through my registry to see the breakdown (because I’m trying to kill time until my next class starts). We have 39 items under $25 out of a total of 59 items on our registry. We have 14 items that range from $26-$100, and 6 items that are over $100 (most expensive item is $300). We will have about 50 guests in attendance.