Post # 1
According to my mom, FI and I need to start a registry soon, but we have no idea where to start. Mom has been selling the Bay like crazy for a registry, but I’ve heard nothing but bad things about them on the Bee. Anyone with any experiences registering at the Bay? Anywhere else that would be accessible to Canadian brides??
Post # 3
@MrsRevolutionize: You’re going to hear bad stories about anywhere, and I have some bad ones about The Bay – but that’s where I’m registered. It’s really the only option unless you want to have multiples – then you could do Bed, Bath & Beyond and Crate & Barrel.
The trick to The Bay is getting the RIGHT store. I was originally at Erin Mills Town Centre but they were hopless, Square One isn’t much better. I went to Yorkdale to get a wedding gift for someone else and they were so helpful, I switched to there.
They told me very clearly to pay attention the emails I get. There was a couple in trying to pick up gifts while I was there – they had recieved an email saying that something had been purchased NOT the email saying it was ready for pick up.
They also advised calling ahead to arrange pick up if you’re coming for multiple items so they can have everything pulled and together for you.
Post # 4
@MsGinkgo: Thanks for the advice! We do have a Bed, Bath and Beyond but to be honest I’ve never really liked any of the things I’ve seen in the store before. I could definitely make some time to swing out there and see how i like it, though.
If you don’t mind me asking, have you used the Bay’s onilne system, or did you register in person? Which would you suggest?
Post # 5
@MrsRevolutionize: The Bay! They offer 10% off every time you purcahse something on your own registry, and then they have a completion program of 10% off your purchases for all items remaining on your registry (you have a a year from your wedding date to take advantage of this).
They also allow you to manage your wedding registry online, and give you the shower invitation insert cards (oddly enough, a topic of conversation that was discussed this morning on the Bee…)
From a guest point of view, there are many locations, and almost every weekend they have great sales!
I also plan on registering at Home Outfitters (which is affliated with The Bay), because the Bay doesn’t have alot of choice for Bedding in my opinion.
Oh, one more thing! If you start your Bay registry at a Bridal Show, (you have to select a minimum of 5 items, which you can delete afterwards), and you go back to a proper store to work on it within a 3 month period (I think..it could be 2 months), you get a $25 gift card!
Post # 6
@MrsRevolutionize: I would recommend going in to a store – if you’re in the GTA the flagship on Queen Street in Toronto is supposed to be the best.
If you do it solely online you won’t get your completion card (I didn’t get it until I went to Yorkdale and they changed my location) they were also having a registry event so I got a $25 gift card.
I have been managing mine online, and I have the app on my iPhone so I can go in to the store and scan without having to talk to anyone if I want. It is nice to go to the store and see the pieces in person and see how things look together, I found it really difficult to find some items online – there are also a lot of colour options for some of my stuff (i’m a little Kate Spade obsessed) that I would’t have seen if I hadn’t gone in store.
Post # 7
We are also likely going to do the Bay/Home Outfitters combo.
Sears also has a registery option, if you’re really against the Bay.
Post # 8
The Bay or Crate & Barrel would me my top choices.
We got a generous gift card to Restoration Hardware (for a wedding gift).. their stuff is pricey and less practical but luxurious and awesome lol.
Post # 9
I did a bunch and BB&B was the best. The downside is they haven’t (or hadn’t maybe it’s changed) caught on to the fact that in Canada most stores will do in store pickup, so OOT guests either need to bring it or pay for shipping.
They had the best selection for kitchen stuff for showers. Unlike the Bay, people don’t need to sit around waiting for a certain item to go on sale, the prices tend to be the same as the Bay’s sales prices and there are 20% off coupons. Customer service wise, they were also the best. If you come with the item #s you can also add things to your registry that they only carry in the US. The website is also way better than the others.
I had trouble finding anything at Sears and Home Outfitters, I only registered with those two because I needed more options for guests who didn’t have a BB&B by them at the time.
Post # 10
@MrsRevolutionize: I registered at the Bay and Kitchen Stuff Plus. Only issues with KSP are that you have to do it in store and if guests are buying items online, they can’t flag it as being for your registry:S If they buy in-store though, they can let the associates know that it’s for your registry. Overall, even with being registered at these two stores, I find the selection and prices kinda suck…..US bees have so many more options to choose from!
Post # 11
Bed Bath and Beyond! Their website is super easy to pick things from.
Post # 12
We’re registered at The Bay and so far, so good.
The store we physically registered at though was not laid out the best, and it was quite overwhelming at the time … So we registered over a few visits.