Post # 1
My fiance and I recently moved from CA to IL after we were both laid off to move closer to my family. We sold ALL of our belongings before we moved so that we could save money on the move.
When we registered we knew we would get a completion discount on anything that wasn’t bought off of our registry. We are both working again and recently got a new place. So, we decided to register for some furniture from Crate and Barrel that we will buy with the completion discount after the wedding.
I head that some people in my family were upset that we had furniture on our registry. It is not like we excpected people to buy it for us. I mean there is a 2,000 dollar couch. Clearly, we aren’t expecting that to be given to us at a bridal shower. There are TONS of small household items on the registry. One big couch and a lamp shouldn’t have people all upset.
Why would someone care if it is on our registry if there is no intention on their part of buying it? Should I be upset they are talking about us?
Post # 3
i would try to spread through word of mouth that you put big ticket items on there so you would get the discount.
Post # 4
I think a lot of people don’t realize that stores offer completion discounts. And so many weddings are gift grabs, people do sort of rebel when they see a big, expensive item on the registry, because they feel like the couple does expect someone to buy it.
If you’re hearing through your mom or something, just explain to her why it’s on there, and then she can say to outraged Aunt Betty, “Oh, the kids don’t expect anyone to buy them a sofa! It’s just on the registry so they can get a discount when they buy it themselves.” (Or if you prefer the direct approach, call Aunt Betty up yourself and say, “Hey I heard you were upset by this…” and just explain about the discount.)
I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
Post # 5
I didnt know about the discount until I got onto wedding bee and I doubt most of my family would know either.
Post # 6
@hahn524: i also put furniture on our registry…but individual pieces from IKEA. (Thanks to registry 360!) the most expensive piece was $350. Some family made comments about it, but we just said we wanted people to have options, and others had requested it.
I’m at 10 days before the wedding, and cannot believe the amount of gifts that have not been purchased. My bridesmaids gave me a small shower (I live 4 hours away.) and nothing has been purchased since.
Post # 7
Don’t let it bother you. Explain to your family why this is the case. We did the same thing, and someone actually purchased a $500 rug for us. We were grateful, but we would have bought it ourselves anyway.
Your other option if it bothers you so much is you can take the items off the registry for now. After your wedding, put them back on, you will still get the completion discount. I add things to our registry all the time so that I can get the discount even though my wedding was 2.5 months ago.