(Closed) how many registries is too many?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Each situation is different…

That being said… I think 2-3 are ideal and 4 is still in the accepatable range.  I wouldn’t go over 4 though… my personal opinion!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We have three- Target, BBB and Williams-Sonoma. Although the W-S one is smaller, only has about 20 items on it 🙂

Post # 5
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Worker bee

we had 3, BBBY, Sears and Macys.  We did each one for different reasons.. If you can get alot of the same stuff on more then one registry you might want to consolidate to add that other one.. but I wouldnt worry about it…

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would say that 4 is ok…. any more might seem to be a bit much.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

On our web site we listed Lowes Gift Cards, BBB and CB.  It is really two registries but with the Lowes gift cards that is another option.  We have a home we purchased together 2 years ago so alot of things you typically register for we don’t need so the Lowes gift cards gives us another option.  I think four is a good number.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Honestly- with 4 I think some of your guests will think it’s too many- I’ve never been to a wedding with more than 2.

That said- you don’t want to register for stuff you don’t want/not be able to register for what you want because people might feel you’ve registered at too many places.

Before you announce your registry, perhaps shop around some more and see if there are other stores that have a wider selection of what you want.  You may find someplace that can replace 2 of the stores.  (ie is there really only 1 store that carries the china you want?)

Also- if you and your guests are internet savvy, there are websites that can combine/track your registries so that you only have to direct your guests to one place instead of 4.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Part of the art of the registry is having a sort of one-stop shop with enough of a selection that most of your guests can easily find a present they would like to purchase for you.  Part of the problem with more registries is that you will tend to register for fewer things at each place, ensuring that guests who shop later will find that there isn’t much left to buy, unless they go to several websites or stores.  And most people, no matter how much they love you, want to spend at most a couple of hours shopping for your wedding present – not a weekend. 

One good reason to have more than a couple of registries is the regional shopping kind of thing – we have a lot of friends in big cities, where they can easily get to something like Williams-Sonoma, and a lot of relatives in small towns, where a store like BB&B or Macy’s is all there is.  We also registered at Lowe’s, because our house needs some work.  The Lowe’s gift card option turned out to be very popular with our guests.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Most weddings I have been to have 2 registries, some have 3.  I think 4 is more than your average wedding, but would not be personally offended by attending a wedding where the couple has 4 or more.

My main concern would be that it would be a hassle for you to keep track of everything!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We have 3…sort of; We did Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s, and then we put information about IKEA Gift Cards (since they dont have a registry) on the Registry page of our wedding website.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am registered at 4 places. 

1 — Michael C Fina for china and crystal — The place settings there included a soup bowl for no additional charge and the price on crystal was better than Macy’s .

2 — Macy’s for the variety

3 — Williams Sonoma for more specialty items

4 — a regional department store near where I grew up and where most of my family lives.  My mom thought it would be easier for relatives if I registered here.  Many of them are older and do not shop online.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I’m dealing with this question right now too. We had originally just registered at Macy’s and Target, but I could find flatware I liked at either (that people could actually afford). We went to BB&B today and registered for a bunch of stuff, but I still felt like something was lacking. I added some serveware from Pottery Barn that I have been eyeing for a while, so there are only a few items on that one. We are expecting over 250 guests, so I’m wondering if four registries will seem to be too many?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think this is very interesting as well. We have four registries, but they are all pretty different so that’s why we went with them.

1. Pottery Barn- house stuff (linens, dishes, decor) 

2. Williams Sonoma – Kitchen (wanted the nice pots and pans!)

3. Target – cheaper option for people who are on a budget

4. REI – we are huge outdoors people and wanted something fun and random. This won’t have much stuff on it. 

 I think 4 is fine, although it does seem like a lot. 

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