Clueless about registeries..could use advice.

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did Macys and BB&B and I was happy with both. More people seemed to buy from the BB&B registry though. I personally wouldn’t bother making a registry until your bridal shower – stuff gets discontinued all the time so it’s kind of a pain to have to redo it a bunch of times.

Post # 4
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

8 months away is still too far. There are some things you may register for now that are seasonal items and they will be gone by the time people are actually going to buy you a gift. Most people like options so I would pick 2 or 3 places. Bed Bath and Beyond is def a very popular one. Target, too.


Post # 5
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MissParrot:  BB&B is so easy to deal with and prices are great. They are built to do regsitries. It doesn’t hurt to do it early because then you can add and remove things as you notice what you need over the months! I would set up an initial one and then you can edit online as you please! 

Post # 6
4601 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MissParrot:  We just started our registry two months ago, so about 5 months before the wedding. I didn’t want to register any earlier than that because I didn’t want things we wanted to stop being sold or be unavailable. We live together and we didn’t need anything really, so we’re just updating things. We needed new sheets and towels. We also registered for some new silverware, plates and things, a better toaster, a toaster oven, a new more neutral comforter, and some new pots and pans. 

We registered at 3 different spots. We picked Walmart and Target because we knew that everyone has one nearby and we also registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond for some nicer things (like a mattress topper). 


Post # 7
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MissParrot:  I have 2 (one that I keep forgetting about) at Canadian versions of the stores that bees have mentioned for the US.  

We have registered for mostly kitchen items – upgrades like you, some picture frames that I love, and new linens for the bedroom and bathroom.

The way I see it, people who give cash pretty much always give cash regardless of registry.  People who give a physical gift, will often do so even if you don’t register.  I would rather register for things that I actually want just in case instead of letting people get me who knows what (which they might anyways).

I set mine up about 9 months out.  No one has purcahsed anything yet but that doesn’t surprise me at all.  The only risk of setting it up right now is that you’re in a seasonal shift and you run the risk of things being discontinued.  It happesns all the time, but seasonal shifts tend to be more significant.

Post # 8
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MissParrot:  I dont think it is too early to start compiling it. I found that many of the things I put on initially, I ended up taking it off. I registered last november, when I got engaged (my family insisted on buy engagement presents off of a registry). 

From what I have read you are supposed to register for 2 items per guest (so if you have 100 guests, then you register for 200 items). I dont think you have to go by that at all. I just would not exceed double your guest count. You are also supposed to register for items in varying price ranges so that guests can have options with in their range.

Personally FI and I live together. We have many of the small items people typically register for and we thought it was silly to add things we did not want or need. So we just put the most basic things, that we could always use in the lower price range (like sponges and hand soap). The whole idea of registering is a bit odd to me. You are told to never ask for gifts, yet somehow it is polite to compile a large list of items so that people can buy you gifts. 

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ours was at BB+B, and we registered three months before the wedding!

Post # 10
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We did Macy’s and Target. Macys has great deals with buying leftover registry items post wedding, and Target ispretty much everywhere. 

I don’t think 8 months ahead of time is too early, just be aware of seasonal items and colors of things changing. Kitchen stuff isn’t really seasonal so you won’t have to worry as much. But I’d suggest doing it, then checking back every once in a while and replaceing items that are no longer available. 

Post # 11
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@MissParrot:  We are only registering at one store (Canadian Bed Bath & Beyond). There really are not that many good options up here and that one is the best experience I have had with as a guest. They are much faster and more responsive, I find, than the Bay. They also have just about everything you could need for your home. I don’t think there is such a thing as registering too early … If anything it gives you more time to think things through (editing by adding/taking away things, take your time, etc.). I am concerned about duty, etc. if we register at an American website. 

As for your space issue … If people know where you live they will understand you registering for less but it is a good opportunity to perhaps get some upgrades (linens, towels, everyday dishware, actually get matching sets – we still have a collection of very mismatched cutlery that were all hand-me-downs haha so we are hoping to upgrade that to a very sturdy set).

Post # 13
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We have been engaged since May and are getting married in June.  We were told by Bed, Bath, and Beyond to not register any sooner than February to avoid items being unavailable when our guests went to buy stuff.  I will probably wait until the end of February or early March.

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