Post # 1
We are inviting 145 guests and we have a half traditional registry/half honeymoon registry set up.
There are 62 items on the Honeymoon Registry, with the most expensive item being $54 (a premium beverage package on our cruise ship).
There are 66 items on the Traditional Registry with only one of those items being over $100 (pots and pans set).
Here’s the breakout…
Bed, Bath & Beyond:
$100 & Over: 1 item
$50-$99: 5 items
$30-$49: 8 items
$5-$29: 52 items
$50-$54: 18 items
$40-$49: 17 items
$30-$39: 18 items
$29 & under: 8 items
Do I have enough items? Too many? Decent price ranges?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2012 - Schloss Heiligenberg/ Spearfish Canyon Lodge
I think you’ve done a good job at offering multiple price-points. From my experience, most couples gave a gift (one item) around $60-100, while only a few people mixed and matched several items. And I also think the amount is plenty. I wouldn’t add more, thereby ensuring you are more likely to get the items you really want. See how things go and if you do end up getting low later on, you can always add more items closer to the wedding.
Post # 4
I think your BBB registry is good. You do have a lot of lower-priced options, but if it’s what you need then I don’t see anything wrong with it. I do think you could register for more expensive stuff if you wanted though.
However, I think you have, overall, too many things on your HM registry. 62 seems like a lot. May I ask what exactly you are registering for?
Post # 5
you should generally have 2x the amount of gifts as you have guests. I’d personally put some more higher priced items on there, too depending on your guests. Most people aren’t going to buy you 1 $5 item (at least in my circle they wouldn’t). But, if you have a ton of $5 items (say a bunhc of kitchen gadgets), they’d be more likely to buy them all and gift them as a little basket. You know your guests best though.
Post # 6
@RunsWithBears: Sure. Our HM will be two weeks long – 6 days in Puerto Rico and 7 days on a Cruise that leaves from Puerto Rico.
Our registry doesn’t contain anything pertaining to flights, hotels or cruise fare – it’s all shore excursions, beverage packages, dinners for two, bottles of wine with dinner, couples massages, etc.
The reason the quantity seems high, is because, for example, instead of putting 1x $180 for a couple’s massage, I broke it out to be 4x $45 for a couple’s massage. If someone wants to buy us the whole thing, they can buy all four, but I didn’t feel comfortable having something with that high of a price point on the honeymoon registry as one item. I liked the idea of people being able to buy us little components, like a single bottle of wine, or half of a dinner (ie: $45 per person, per night).
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
Honestly, I really think the most important thing is that you registered for everything that you want/need. Don’t register for things you don’t really want just so you can fulfill the numbers game of trying to have the right number of items in different price points. SO many of my other married friends have a lot of clutter in their kitchens because they went crazy with their registries… Mr. W and I registered for things we needed or wanted to upgrade, and we are so, so happy with all of our gifts, our kitchen still isn’t at the tipping point of being cluttered.
If people want to spend more than the most expensive item on your registry, they’ll probably either give you cash or buy multiple items. I’ve done that plenty of times in the past, and for our wedding we received multiple gifts from several people. So anyways, bottom line is don’t stress!
Post # 8
@csteen85: Oh ok. That makes much more sense and is much more resonable. I was thinking you had 30 different activities you were registering for and that just seemed like far too many. I was wondering when you were ever planning to sleep!
It’s also good you’re only registering for extras. I personally don’t care too much for HM registries, but if you’re going to do it, it seems much better to ask for the fun extras, like massages and shark feeding tours, than for necessities, such as flights and hotels. The latter makes me think you cannot afford your HM so you’re asking others to finance it – which just rubs me the wrong way.
Post # 9
@RunsWithBears: I totally understand and actually agree with you. We found the prospect of including things like our flight, hotel and cruise fare not only a little tacky, but also stressful… what if they didn’t get purchased?
We decided to limit it to only extras – things we wouldn’t normally splurge on. If nothing on the HM registry got purchased, we could still go on our HM stress free, which was important to us. But if someone wants to contribute, there are fun, creative ways to do so.
Thanks for your feedback – I appreciate it!
Post # 10
Our registry (Target) looks about the same, so I think you’re fine. I know ours needs several more items, but we’ll add those closer to the showers (hopefully we’ll have a house by then so that we can decorate that instead of our apartment or register for stuff that we hope goes).