(Closed) Any Wedding Registry Tips??

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 4
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I used to work PT at crate, so I have lots of advice! 🙂

Do you have an event coming up, such as an engagement party? If not, you may want to wait, or just be prepared to check your registry periodically. C&B carries a lot of seasonal items- most of the colored items (kitchen linens, bowls, etc.) will be transitioned twice before your wedding. Dinnerware and flatware, cookware, a lot of the glassware and knives stay consistent- at the store they’ll be able to point out what’s seasonal.

It’s okay to register for the big ticket items- the $400 cookware set, the stand mixer, etc. You’ll be surprised what people want to spend, or friends often chip in together. Just have a good mix of other price points. Plus, both stores have completion programs, so you can buy items at a discount after the wedding.

Before we registered, I made of list of what we wanted to upgrade/ wish list items. It’s really easy to get scanner-happy, and end up with random “stuff” on your registries (that you end up returning after the wedding.) So if you go with a good idea of what you want to register for, the process is a lot easier.

Both stores have registry parties- you get freebies, and there’s a lot of staff available to help with questions- I recommend going to one or both if you can. Also-I’d do a lunch break in between the stores- I know my Fiance could not have handled both on the same day.

Have fun!

Post # 6
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Bring snacks!  And don’t try to do it all in one day.  We did BB&B for about four hours one Saturday and didn’t get everything done.  It takes forever!  Just remember, you can go back, and you can do a lot online.  Make sure you do the stuff in store that you care the most about seeing in person.  For me this was towels and sheets (wanted to feel the softness) and dishes, silverware, and pots and pans (wanted to feel the weight).  You can add the little things like spatulas and toothbrush holders online later.

Post # 7
1274 posts
Bumble bee

Fiance and I went to do our Bay registry last month. It was fun and stressful all at the same time. Having a list like @rebwana said is a great idea – sometimes the store will give you a print out of the ‘basics’ for setting up a house, how many dishes, cups, etc. Use this as a guideline, but remember to customize it to your situation. For example, we knew we wanted new towels, face clothes, hand towels…a matching set. Thinking about it, we know in the next couple of years we want to start TTC, so we’re not going to just register for 2 of this and 2 of this, etc. So think ahead to when you have guests or kids.

Also – if you aren’t the type that does fancy dinner parties or your family isn’t the type to use fine china for big meals – then don’t feel obligated to register for it. That being said, your wedding is likely the only time you will receive a big amount of it – so if you want it, go for it! We registered for the Gordon Ramsay stoneware dishes and serving plates, and a matching tea pot, creamer/sugar bowl. This fits in with our lifestyle – so we went with it. 

We went a little scanner-happy but the good thing about The Bay is that you can go online after and remove or add things that you forgot. I’m assuming Macy’s you can and probably C&B too. I would suggest going to one on Sat and one or Sun – because you may spend a couple hours at each place. Everything starts to look the same after awhile. Oh and make sure to eat and be hydrated when you go…you don’t want a cranky Fiance…lol.

Post # 9
1274 posts
Bumble bee

@MrsElle:  hangry! I love it! LOL. I too have been guilty of this, and you’re right, it’s NOT a good look, lol.

Also, be careful if you give your Fiance freedom to scan things he likes too…I did this briefly while I was talking to a lady about coffee makers and he scanned 6 wine decanters!! Not the cheap ones either, lol. We paired it down at home later but still. 6??! Hahah. 


Post # 10
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

When you get home (and about once a month or so) check to make sure most of your items are available online. I know most of my guests will buy online, so if they can’t get my china, silverware, or other big ticket items, I probably won’t get them at all.

Post # 11
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsElle:  Just make sure you have plenty of room for these things you’re registering for. 

We kept our registries a bit small (about 50 items with Target and Kohls) because we still live in an apartment and are unsure when we’ll be able to get a house. 

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