(Closed) FI on the fence about registering.

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

BB&B is too expensive??? I definitely don’t think so!!! I would try to explain to your Fiance that the idea is to have a good range of prices so that people can find something at almost every price point!!!

Post # 4
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t think it’s too unusual for men to have a hard time with this… My husband was raised with his mom making all the home goods-type purchases – he never saw how much anything cost, he never thought about the different trade-offs as far as quality and durability versus price. When he got out on his own, he thought the prices at IKEA were way too high. IKEA! Seriously!

A couple of points for your Fiance to consider: BBB and Macy’s have lots of sales and coupons – in this economy, Macy’s is running sales pretty much constantly; your guests will not be paying full price, for the most part. Another thing: most people don’t want to give you a wedding present that “will do” – they want to give you something that you’ll like and use, and that will last.

Post # 5
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

BB&B is one of the less expensive places you can register. Take him to W&S and see if he reevaluates his position on BB&B ;).

Post # 6
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

tell him about the 20% off coupon that everyone always gets from bb&b. that’s the main reason i wanted to register there. people like discounts!

Post # 8
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Maybe compromise on things that are really useful, having a slightly smaller registry.  Honestly, I had the same problem as your Fiance and I couldn’t get over it so I didn’t register.  I think there would have been ways I’d have been OK with it but since my Fiance wasn’t going to do the shopping neither one of us suggested anything else and we just didn’t have one.  But I do agree some things at BBB are just overpriced, sometimes not well made.

Post # 9
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would definitely send him to the Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel websites to show him pricing. BB&B is a relatively inexpensive place to register. Also, he may not be aware of what people normally spend on a wedding giftand you should definitely put things with varying prices on the registry. I usually spend $50-$100 on a wedding gift. Guys just don’t normally have a lot of experience with that stuff and need to be “clued-in”!

Post # 10
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

You can always start your registry online together. Then, if you want, go into the store and make sure the items you registered for are quality items. It may not be ideal- but at least you’ll be doing it together…

Post # 11
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

We did the same thing – created a small registry because our parents asked us to. I created a small one of everyday dishes & linens that I did all online because I knew Fiance wouldn’t care what our cake stand looked like.

We’re skipping Macy’s because BB&B has all the same stuff cheaper. I agree with the PP who said bring him to W&S, Bloomingdales or Michael C. Fina – then see what he thinks of fine china at BB&B & those 20% coupons. LOL

Post # 12
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My Fiance is one of those that doesn’t understand why anyone would spend $100 on one place setting of china.  Macys was more on the expensive side but it does have nice stuff.

I would start at BBB and explain that the things really aren’t that expensive and if guests want to give you a nice gift, then you just want to give them options.   Once we got into it a little bit he was more interested in the process.

Adding things online is a good idea, I have been trying to add things at the store and then come home and edit online.  You really do want to see the quality of the items in person if you can.

Post # 13
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Give him the registry gun and all will be well…that’s what happened when we registered at Target. Fiance was NOT excited about it at all, but then when they handed us the zapper gun, I can’t get him to stop! lol.

Post # 14
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that BB & B is a better choice.  They aren’t really that expensive plus they send out the 20% coupons every week and they don’t expire so you can use them for a long time!

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