Post # 1
So, my FI and I have begun the registering process. Our wedding is still a ways away, but my parents are throwing us an engagement party this summer, so my mother suggested we register for gifts in case anyone wants to purchase anything. I always thought I would register at Target, but after spending a half hour there a couple of weeks ago attempting to register, I found my patience maxed out after the fifth item I scanned came back as a seasonal good. We decided to suspend our registry there for the time being. Bed, Bath, and Beyond is an obvious choice for many reasons and we are starting that registry this weekend. The other place we have discussed registering with is Amazon.com because of their universal registry option.
Now, here is my question: As a guest, would it weird you out to go to someone’s Amazon registry just to be redirected to different sites like Target, Ikea, or Macy’s to make the purchase? FI and I found a few different things we liked at each place, but didn’t want to create an entire registry just for a few items, so the universal registry seemed like the most obvious choice. I just worry people will be put off by having to go to a secondary website to make purchases.
Also, Bees who have done this in the past, can you provide some feedback? How did it work out? Did guests find it tedious or confusing? Did they opt to go to your other registry/registries instead?
Post # 2
I know I wouldn’t be put off by it, and we do have universal registry stuff on our Amazon registry. But, whether anyone buys from it remains to be seen (wedding in 3 months, don’t want a shower, so gifts won’t roll in for awhile yet). I think it depends on your guests. People in their 20s and 30s probably won’t think twice about it. People in my grandparents generation most likely will stick to the regular registry or just give cash.
If you’re going to do a BB&B registry I HIGHLY recommend doing as much as you can online first and just save things that you really want to check out in person for your trip to the store. You’ll have a sales associate walking around with you trying to get you to register for ALL THE THINGS and it was so great for us to be able to say we only need to look at dishes, flatware, and towels. And then we left! Otherwise we would have been there all day and I would have been a very cranky bride.
Post # 3
LibrarianBride: It’s funny you should say that about BBB, because I have been registering for stuff online all week so that we only have to spend a couple of hours TOPS when we do go. I’ve heard they can be kind of pushy, but I am also very pushy, so it’ll be a battle of wills, haha. Thanks for your response!
Post # 4
Our guests have had no issue with it! However, I will say that our Crate&Barrel registry went faster.
I would definitely register ASAP, just to have something. Some of our family members started asking where we were registered the day after we got engaged!
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY
MrsMeowton: I started a Universal Registry on Amazon because my fiance and I love West Elm, but they don’t have a registry option.
I asked my Mom to test it out and she said she was comfortable with it. Her only question was if she had to go back to Amazon and mark the item as purchased and the answer is yes. So, I just added a note about being sure you do that step at the top of our registry.
Oh, and I should add – if my mom can figure it out…anyone can figure it out! Lol!
Post # 6
We had one, people bought from it!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
MrsMeowton: we used MyRegistry.com which is also a universal registry. I don’t *think* there were any issues… we got a lot of stuff from the registry, and a lot of stuff off-registry (but that’s just because of who are guests were – “creative” etc). I’ve also used it for friends’ weddings and baby showers without any issues…
Post # 8
MrsMeowton: We have an amazon universal registry too and people bought from it – it seamed very easy and convinient from my prespective.
Also, when we went to BB&B we did not have a sales associate with us – they just gave us the scanners and let us go around as much as we wanted, so that probably varies from store to store.
Post # 9
MrsMeowton: We’re registered on Amazon, and honestly it’s been a bit of a headache, at least with the items they purchase from Amazon. Some fine print I apparently didn’t read: If you need to return something, the return shipping charges are deducted from your refund. In our case, we got a small crock pot that wasn’t on our registry that ended up being nicer than the one we did register for. When we returned the other one to Amazon for credit, they deducted the shipping- leaving us with $3 of credit from a $10 item. :/
So I guess just make sure you really want the stuff you register for from Amazon directly! All in all, it’s useful as someone making a registry and wanting to add things from different sites. But, as a guest buying a gift, I think I’d want to avoid it knowing what I know now.