Post # 1
I had 3 showers (2 would have been fine, but Future Mother-In-Law decided she wanted to have one with just her family). I registered at Target, Macy’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond. I strictly registered at Macy’s for the Fiestaware. I felt it looked tacky to only have that on there, so I added other items to the list. So….after all 3 showers, I received ONLY kitchen stuff. Literally, nothing else was for anything but the kitchen. No towels, sheets, shower curtain, picture frames, etc.
Is this strange? I’ve never done this before, so I’m just curious if most people just buy the kitchen stuff or did I register for too much kitchen stuff?
My other question, we haven’t had the wedding yet (5 weeks, EEK!!!), should I expect a large amount of gifts at the wedding? I’m trying to decide what to do. I would much rather have a new set of sheets than the “china” we received, so I could take them back and exchange them. I say “china” because it was a very inexpensive 4-place setting from Target, it was not high dollar. In fact, the Fiestaware is more expensive than this “china”.
Post # 3
Personally I always buy kitchen stuff off the registry before bedroom stuff. I don’t know why, I just feel weird about buying someone sheets for their bed or other personal items like that. Towels seem like a pretty normal shower gift though, so I don’t know.
Post # 4
Most people will buy stuff for the kitchen. I didn’t realise until I unpacked all of my wedding gifts, but about 4/5 of them were for the kitchen. The most of the towels, vaccum, bedset, we bought with wedding gift money.
Post # 5
My sister also got most of her kitchen stuff at her shower. It wasn’t till her actual wedding that people started giving sheets, frames, etc.
Post # 6
Gift-giving at weddings tends to be cultural and regional. Around here (NE) people give “things” at showers and money (cash, checks, GCs) at weddings. We received exactly three physical gifts at the wedding: a custom piece of artwork from a fmaily member, and two of my favorite things from my Williams-Sonoma registry from my friend & her husband who couldn’t make the shower. Everything else was monetary in some form.
Post # 7
I really like buying kitchen stuff too for showers! But I’m a big cook.
Wait until after the wedding to return, you never know what else you’ll get!
Post # 8
i’m like @pineapplelove: I feel awkward buy sheets and items for the bedroom. I love cooking so kitchen items are what i usually purchase for the couple. I went to a shower on Sunday and it was mostly kitchen stuff too (some assorted towels and one accent pillow i think too)
Post # 9
I don’t find this surprising at all. When we buy gifts, we usually look for one single large item that’s kitchen-related or electronic or a pretty, pricey decorative piece (like a Waterford vase). We avoid buying sheets/towels and I notice most people leave that and the tiny stuff (like spatulas) to the last minute shoppers. Offhand, our registry mostly contains pricier decorative pieces and kitchenware (e.g. Le Creuset).
I also wouldn’t necessarily expect a huge pile of gifts at the wedding itself. At five weeks out, people are probably still slacking on buying and if you have requested that gifts are shipped, then they will still arrive prior to the wedding. We usually don’t get our gifts until about 2-3 weeks before if the registry is huge. We only buy super early if there’s nothing on the registry and the selection consists of a lot of very expensive items.