Expats – how to create a registry?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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39 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m an expat too, so I have this same issue. For most big registry stores, you can register online or send a friend or relative to the store to register for you. For places like Macy’s, Crate and Barrel, Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc., your registry can be maintained online and will show the number of items remaining. For example, if you register for ten soup spoons and three have already been purchased for you, a person visiting your registry will see that they can buy up to seven spoons for you; once all ten spoons have been bought, that section of the registry gets grayed out. It’s pretty neat and will cut down on your duplicates! That being said, maybe still go through your gifts – first of all so that you can write timely thank-you notes, and secondly, because grandparents, great-aunts and other folks might not be super tech-savvy and you may end up with duplicates anyway. Maybe as a wedding gift, your mom can go through the gifts and send you a list so you know what to thank people for! (Side note: in your thank you notes, don’t mention that the gifts are sitting in boxes thousands of miles away, haha.)

Post # 5
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1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m an expat in the US, but I was in Japan for most of the wedding planning. I am from New Zealand. We created our registry on amazon over skype. It was really easy and we are really happy with it. It saves ym kiwi and Japanese friends and family money, as they can easily ship direct to me.

Post # 6
Hostess
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Fellow expat here. I found Bed, Bath and Beyond to be the most friendly. You can register online and they let you return duplicates for cash, no hassel! I kept the registry kind of small since we didn’t want to store too much. Everyone understood and ended up giving us gift cards and checks so it wasn’t too important in the end. 

Post # 7
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83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@saphron234:  I’m an expat in HK too! How long have you been here? How are you planning from all the way over here?! I totally tried, but got VERY frustrated because I have no idea when we will be moving home, either, and therefore don’t know how to set a date! Oh, I should mention that we are legally married and had an intimate ceremony followed by lunch, but are planning a wedding for whenever we get home. 

Did you view venues before you moved over here? Are you going to fly back and forth to make final decisions? Sorry for all my questions, but I have been getting serious wedding fever and want to start planning! 

Post # 8
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am an expat in Shanghai, we leave here in 2015 but will hopefully go somewhere else so we decided just to skip registering altogether. We figured it would be easiest for us and save our parents loads of space to not register majority of people bring cash then we can just spend it on whatever we need later when we get back to Canada or an awesome holiday sometime!

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